WASHINGTON — That is how the Trump administration goes concerning the quiet enterprise of incapacitating the U.S. authorities.
President Trump spent his summer time making battle on Denmark, attacking Baltimore, destabilizing the world financial system, sending an imaginary hurricane to Alabama and ousting his nationwide safety adviser, amongst different issues. However whereas all people was watching these fireworks, Trump’s underlings — some much more competent than he — have been toiling within the shadows at hand over public lands to the tender mercies of oil and fuel firms.
The scheme, rolled out over the summer time, was ostensibly to place the Bureau of Land Administration nearer to the lands it manages by shifting personnel out of Washington. That is sensible till you contemplate:
1. Ninety-seven p.c of the BLM’s staff already are exterior of Washington, and the few hundred within the capital do issues reminiscent of coordinate with Congress and different companies; now half the congressional affairs workers, I’m informed, will work out of Reno, Nevada — 2,600 miles from Capitol Hill.
2. BLM organized this with…