Tyler Cowen linked to this (unintentionally?) hilarious Politico story:
Top Republican political leaders aren’t the only ones shunning their party’s presidential nominee — a vast number of highly skilled managers and policy experts, veterans of recent GOP administrations who would normally be expected to fill key positions for a new White House, are also vowing to sit out a Donald Trump presidency.
…[T]he absence of policy veterans in a new administration would have a substantive effect on the running of government.
POLITICO interviewed nearly five dozen Republicans over the past two weeks — people with experience working in government and who understand how Congress can enact, or shred, a new president’s agenda — and heard the same sentiment expressed repeatedly….
“I would never serve in a Trump administration,” said James Capretta, a former Office of Management and Budget official under George W. Bush. “The person at the top is unfit for the presidency. He’s made that very clear with his behavior.”
Added Matt McDonald, another Bush OMB veteran: “I wouldn’t vote for Trump, much less work for him. I don’t agree with half his ideas, and the other half I don’t really believe what he said.”
One former Republican official who worked in the Environmental Protection Agency put it this way: “You’d have to worry about your future career and the way you’re perceived in these things. You just kind of think of how he deals with people. Would you really want to work for him?”
Remember, the George W. Bush administration didn’t just involve invading another country on the basis of incompetence and/or lies. It also involved:
==> A doubling of the federal debt held by the public (adding some $3.4 trillion over 8 years),
==> “No Child Left Behind” (big increase in federal involvement in local schools) and Medicare Part D (arguably biggest expansion in welfare state since LBJ), which is estimated to cost some half a trillion dollars over its first ten years,
==> The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which increased auto mileage requirements and jacked up the ridiculous biofuels requirements (which you have probably heard described as the “ethanol mandate”).
==> The creation of the TSA.
==> The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which President Bush explained when signing that it was “the most far-reaching reforms of American business practices since the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The era of low standards and false profits is over; no boardroom in America is above or beyond the law.” (So just to be clear, this is the reason there have been no false reports of profits on Wall Street since 2002.)
==> Oh and let’s not forget, (partially) nationalizing banks.
You can see why “true conservatives” should be alarmed that the experts in implementing the above policies have their principles and won’t play ball with Donald Trump.
STANDARD DISCLAIMER: I don’t like Donald Trump and think he will be an awful president if elected.