To the Editor:
If you want to drain the “swamp” it is not necessary to move agencies away from Washington, D.C.
Frequently these agencies need to interact face-to-face and if they are spread across the country that becomes difficult. Moving agencies is window dressing and an attempt at fulfilling a rhetorical campaign promise.
The secret of draining the swamp, as you call the D.C. area, is not moving the agencies, but moving the people who run them and feed off them. What would help drain the swamp:
1. Limit the number of terms for both senators and representatives. Some of our congressmen have “lived” in the swamp multi-decades and have become stagnant in thoughts and concepts (maybe even senile) and help create the swamp.
2. Limit the lobbies. In particular, limit the involvement in lobbies and government positions for ex-congressmen and ex-military. This change will bring in new ideas and help keep the stagnant water moving out of the swamp. (Note that this administration even waived the seven-year rule for ex-military so the individual could serve as a cabinet member.)
3. Limit the financial influence of the lobbies. Many lobbies contribute adsorbent amounts of money to congressmen campaigns and thus influence the position of the congressmen.
— Tom Persing