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Megan McArdle doesn't think Trump is going to beat the system.

The third problem is bureaucratic proceduralism. Yes, yes, I know: Everyone hates bureaucrats. But everyone loves Social Security checks. And federal funding for their local school. And Ö and Ö Iím not going to bore you with the list. Anything that gets done by Washington must be done by the civil service. These folks are lifers. You canít fire them. Because of the abovementioned legislative compromises required, you also canít push a bill through that will let you fire them. And they -- not the president, and not the cabinet secretaries -- are the folks who do most of what government does. The president can wave his hands like Jean-Luc Picard and say, ďMake it so.Ē But if they donít wanna, they ainít gonna.