Would a shadow gov’t be any more capable?

The jolting claims circulation online and through social media are as ubiquitous as click bait animation, and just as announcing.

One of the most recent blared “Obama quietly joins George Soros to form new ‘shadow government’ to stop Trump.” It cites more references to Organizing for Action’s army of activists out to disrupt the Trump administration. (They needn’t bother; President Donald Trump and Co. are capable of doing that organically.)

But could someone with pockets as deep as Soros’ — assuming all that wealth could be liquidated — really come close to being able to indirectly govern the lives of Americans? Let’s look at it.

The 13 main federal regulatory agencies are the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Federal Reserve System, Federal Trade Commission, Food and Drug Administration, National Labor Relations Board, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Securities and Exchange Commission. Together, their budgets top $38 billion.

Even Soros’ net worth of $25 billion comes up short of financing that level of oversight just for one year.

Of course, that kind of wealth can fund a meaningful amount of influence peddling. But we can find solace in the caption to a cartoon published in The New Yorker:

“It’s disappointing that even the secret shadow government can’t get anything done.”