“Draining the swamp” was one of the major campaign promises of Donald Trump, and so far President Trump has been trying to keep that promise. In the first six months of his presidency, eleven thousand federal jobs were slashed. Unfortunately, federal agencies employ over two million people, so eleven thousand jobs is just a drop in the bucket. Sadly, President Trump will never be able to shrink the government enough to drain the swamp in Washington D.C, but there actually is a way for him to drain the swamp. President Trump should move the headquarters of most federal agencies out of Washington D.C.
First of all, too much of the nation’s wealth and power is located in the suburbs of Washington D.C. Five of the nation’s ten richest counties are within an hour of the Washington D.C. The capital has become a place for Washington insiders to get rich at the expense of the American taxpayer.
Another reason to move federal agencies out of the capital is location. When Congress declared that the city of Washington in the District of Columbia to be the capital in 1790 there were only 13 states. At that time Washington was basically in the center of the country. Today, the center of the country is near Lebanon, Kansas. If federal agencies were moved out of Washington D.C and into different cities throughout the heartland, millions of Americans would have a greater access and connection to the government.
Washington D.C has become a place where a bloated bureaucracy gets rich at the expense of everyday Americans. Moving federal agencies out of the capital and into other cities will better connect the American people to their government. It would also help spread wealth throughout the country. If President Trump really wants to drain the swamp, he should move the headquarters of most federal agencies out of Washington D.C.