A Bold Bid to Eliminate Departments
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a 2024 presidential candidate, has outlined his plan to significantly reduce the size and scope of the US federal government. On Wednesday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “The Story”, DeSantis stated his intention to eliminate several departments, including the Departments of Education, Commerce, and Energy, as well as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
DeSantis vs. ‘Woke Ideology’
While his plan heavily relies on Congress’s cooperation, DeSantis also made it clear that he’s ready to take action even without legislative support. If Congress does not agree to his proposed cuts, he plans to use these federal agencies to combat what he calls “woke ideology” and the creeping influence of leftism into American institutions.
DeSantis Responds to MacCallum’s Inquiry
The proposal came in response to a question from host Martha MacCallum, who asked if the governor was considering the elimination of any agencies. DeSantis responded affirmatively, citing previous conservative discussions about dismantling certain departments.
Proposed Changes to the Education Department
Specifically, in regards to the Department of Education, DeSantis pledged to reverse policies related to transgender sports and curriculum infusion into schools. He also advocated for an accreditation system for higher education that would not propagate concepts like Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Critical Race Theory (CRT).
Either Way, a Conservative Victory
DeSantis framed his plans as a win for conservatives, regardless of the outcome. If Congress agrees to eliminate the departments, it would lead to a reduction in government size. If not, he would wield these agencies to push back against what he perceives as encroaching leftism.