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  • Report: Fed Bureaucracies Commit Thousands Of Felonies Every Day [Hiring Thousands Illegally]

    09/20/2017 3:53:49 PM PDT · by AndyJackson · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/20/2017 | TIM PEARCE
    Bureaucracies have successfully evaded congressional budget oversight for years by illegally hiring contract labor to take the place of employees, according to a Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) report released Tuesday. Bureaucracies commit thousands of felonies a day, misappropriating funds not approved by Congress and expanding agency influence at a time when government agencies should cut back. Bureaucracies freeze hiring new employees, ideally to stop expansion and cut costs, when under pressure to reform or adapt to budget cuts. Many agencies continue to grow despite budget cutbacks, however, by illegally hiring outside contract labor. “While contracting for these services is contrary...
  • German state renames Justice Ministry to Ministry of Justice — at cost of €26,000

    08/22/2017 10:15:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 August 2017 11:26 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    After the newly-elected state leader of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, renamed all 12 ministries under his administration, he publicly responded on Monday to inquires as to why. […] Laschet decided to alter the names of the ministries, for example turning the “Justizministerium” (Justice Ministry) and “Finanzministerium” (Finance Ministry) into “Ministerium der Justiz” (Ministry of Justice) and “Ministerium der Finanzen” (Ministry of Finance), respectively. Nothing else about the ministries has changed, but the renaming will cost taxpayers a total of €26,000. […] On the question of efficiency improvements in the state administration posed by Ziemkeit, Laschet replied: “We are not dealing...
  • Trump Groups Bureacracy with Other Major Threats in Warsaw Speech

    07/06/2017 10:29:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    Warsaw Speech ^ | Donald Trump
    inally, on both sides of the Atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger — one firmly within our control. This danger is invisible to some but familiar to the Poles: the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people. The West became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies.
  • Quake Alert Comes 92 Years Late [semi-satire]

    06/26/2017 12:36:31 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 June 2017 | John Semmens
    This past week the U.S. Geological Survey sent out an email alert warning of a 6.8 magnitude earthquake near Santa Barbara, California. A 6.8 magnitude is considered a "strong" quake and likely to cause moderate to severe damage to poorly constructed buildings. The fact that the alert was for an event that occurred in 1925 caused many to question the timeliness of the USGS warning. USGS Director Suzette Kimball acknowledged that "while the specific utility of this particular alert was low, we shouldn't discount the progress our Agency has made in the way of early warnings. The fact that we...
  • California Claims Only Possible Budget Cuts Are In Police and Fire Services: See For Yourself

    06/19/2017 12:58:16 PM PDT · by Strac6 · 39 replies
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    State of California says they have to cut state budget, but only possible cuts are in Police and Fire services. According to the Dems who control California, no cuts are even remotely possible in any of these agencies: California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for Infants and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California Administrative Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch * California African American Museum * California Agricultural Export Program * California Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California Agricultural Statistics Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB) * California Allocation Board * California Alternative Energy...
  • Trump Ends Y2K Spending [semi-satire]

    06/18/2017 6:18:02 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 June 2017 | John Semmens
    Though it may come as a shock to many, a government program designed to prepare the nation for the devastation that would be inflicted when the calendar rolled over from a century in which the years began with the number “19” to one in which the years began with the number “20” is still incurring expenditures 17 years after the “crisis” fizzled. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney declared that “the amount of useless trash that is still being funded way past any reasonably conceived purpose is phenomenal. To begin with, the hysteria attached to the effect that...
  • Leading liberals develop blueprint to expand 'deep state' and undercut Trump

    06/10/2017 2:30:55 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 10, 2017 | Ryan Lovelace
    Forlorn liberals took refuge at the American Constitution Society's national convention in Washington this week, discussing whether to encourage the growth of the "deep state" resistance inside the government or fight President Trump from outside. "The election of Donald Trump was an assault on the federal bureaucracy," William Yeomans said to a room full of students and civil servants, including those recently displaced by Trump's administration. "His values are simply not consistent with the values of people who are committed to public service and who believe deeply in the importance of public service." snip UCLA law professor Jon Michaels said...
  • SunPass, E-ZPass compatibility remains in limbo

    04/17/2017 7:49:38 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | January 14, 2017 | Wayne K. Roustan
    Josh Kalin drives between Delray Beach and Delaware a couple times a year to visit his son and he has to have a SunPass and an E-ZPass account to pay the tolls. "It's a pain in the neck," said the 80-year-old retired opthalmologist. There's no end in sight. Although Congress required that all state toll systems be compatible by October 2016, the deadline passed and no new target date has been set. "We are unaware of any federal action as a result of the missed [deadline]," said Chad Huff, with Florida Turnpike Enterprise. Florida's SunPass, Georgia's Peach Pass, and North...
  • It's Official: Trump's Swamp-Draining Begins

    04/14/2017 4:56:07 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/13/2017 | Staff
    Bureaucracy: With surprisingly little fanfare, President Trump has set about doing something that has evaded presidents of both parties for decades: reshaping, resizing and reforming our vast, dysfunctional federal bureaucracy. If he succeeds, all Americans will be the better for it. It's not an easy task. But it is a vital one. Last Wednesday, the ball really got rolling when Trump ended his temporary freeze on federal hiring, and announced a plan to "resize" the government to make it less costly, more productive and more responsive to average citizens. It's the kind of thing that private businesses do all the...
  • College President Wary of Big Government

    04/05/2017 8:06:25 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 5, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    That alone is a newsflash. Usually, college presidents approach big government with their hands out. At the Cato Institute on March 30, 2017, Mark Zupan, president of Alfred University, noted that trust in government is at an all-time low. It currently runs at 19 percent, down from 66 in the 1960s. Dr. Zupan is the author of Inside Job: How Government Insiders Subvert the Public Interest, published this year by Cambridge University Press. "In the developed world, government now includes 50 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 28 percent of the workforce," Dr. Zupan said at Cato. He notes...
  • The Deep State: An Institutional Barrier Against Draining the Swamp

    03/06/2017 9:30:32 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 6 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 6, 2017 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As the Trump Administration began, two terms took over our discourse, from keyboard warriors on social media to the formal political theorists of the mainstream media. These two terms are not exactly antonyms, as one is a gerund and the other is a noun, but they certainly are diametrically opposed to each other: Draining the Swamp on the one hand, and the Deep State on the other. Draining the Swamp was easy to say, easy to understand, easy to cheer for. We all know there’s corruption in the federal government, both in regular terms (people breaking the law while holding...
  • Trump signs bill undoing Obama coal mining rule

    02/16/2017 7:04:50 PM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/16/17 | Devin Henry
    President Trump on Thursday signed legislation ending a key Obama administration coal mining rule.   The bill quashes the Office of Surface Mining's Stream Protection Rule, a regulation to protect waterways from coal mining waste that officials finalized in December. The legislation is the second Trump has signed into law ending an Obama-era environmental regulation. On Tuesday, he signed a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution undoing a financial disclosure requirement for energy companies. Both the mining and financial disclosure bills are the tip of a GOP push to undo a slate of regulations instituted in the closing days of the Obama administration. The...
  • Emissions Testing and the Pollution of Big Government

    02/11/2017 9:01:54 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 15 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 11, 2017 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    I got my notice from the state last month: you can’t renew your plates until you get an emissions test. Naturally, my first thought was “Sounds good to me; so I just won’t renew my plates! There’s a nice hundred dollar savings…” But of course, realistically, that’s not an option. So I awakened early and drove to an Illinois Air Team location for the test. I can’t complain, exactly… the employees are always polite and efficient; since I arrived before they opened, I was first in line; it took no time at all. So, let me make this clear: I...
  • 'A Sense of Dread' for Civil Servants Shaken by Trump Transition

    02/11/2017 9:49:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 62 replies
    NY Times ^ | February 11, 2017 | Michael D. Shear and Eric Lichtblau
    Across the vast federal bureaucracy, Donald J. Trump's arrival in the White House has spread anxiety, frustration, fear and resistance among many of the two million nonpolitical civil servants who say they work for the public, not a particular president. At the Environmental Protection Agency, a group of scientists strategized this past week about how to slow-walk President Trump’s environmental orders without being fired. At the Treasury Department, civil servants are quietly gathering information about whistle-blower protections as they polish their resumes. At the United States Digital Service - the youthful cadre of employees who left jobs at Google, Facebook...
  • Fed Employees Coordinate With Obama Officials To Thwart Trump Initiatives

    02/02/2017 8:01:46 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/1/2017 | Chris White
    Federal employees are working closely with former Obama administration officials to thwart future President Donald Trump’s policies and initiatives, according to a report published by The Washington Post. Federal workers regularly consult with Obama-era political appointees about ways they can push back and potentially stymie Trump’s initiatives, according to the report. Dozens of federal workers attended a support group last weekend for civil servants seeking a place to hash out their issues with the Trump administration. Nearly 200 or more federal employees, many of whom worked for the Obama administration, have signed up for workshops meant to train people in...
  • Fed Employees Coordinate With Obama Officials To Thwart Trump Initiatives

    02/02/2017 7:36:54 AM PST · by ColdOne · 71 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/2/17 | Chris White
    Federal employees are working closely with former Obama administration officials to thwart future President Donald Trump’s policies and initiatives, according to a report published by The Washington Post. Federal workers regularly consult with Obama-era political appointees about ways they can push back and potentially stymie Trump’s initiatives, according to the report. Dozens of federal workers attended a support group last weekend for civil servants seeking a place to hash out their issues with the Trump administration. Nearly 200 or more federal employees, many of whom worked for the Obama administration, have signed up for workshops meant to train
  • How to Stop ‘Coup of the Bureaucrats’: Cut the Departments

    02/01/2017 10:21:00 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 76 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | 2-1-2017 | Joel B. Pollak
    The Washington Post reported Tuesday evening https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/resistance-from-within-federal-workers-push-back-against-trump/2017/01/that there is “a growing wave of opposition from the federal workers charged with implementing” President Donald Trump’s agenda. What Breitbart News called the “coup of the bureaucrats” earlier this week is well under way, with apparent coordination by former Obama administration officials working on the outside: (snip) ..... As former Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services Tevi Troy wrote recently, in recalling challenges George W. Bush faced in confronting the bureaucracy, firing is usually not an option: “Another thing we learned about early on was the lifetime tenure rules–technically known as ‘civil-service protections.’ These...
  • Voters Support Trump’s Proposed Spending, Staffing Cuts

    01/28/2017 11:08:21 AM PST · by detective · 7 replies
    Rassmussen Reports ^ | January 25, 2017
    Most voters support President Trump’s plan for major spending and staffing cuts in the federal government, but many still worry he won’t shrink the government enough. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a proposal that would cut spending up to 10% and cut staffing up to 20% in some federal government agencies. Twenty-seven percent (27%) oppose such cuts, while 19% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • Can Trump Win His Battle With The Unionized, Bureaucratic 'Deep State'?

    01/25/2017 4:39:40 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/24/2017 | Staff
    Public Unions: As the old expression goes, a new broom sweeps clean. And there's no question that the new broom in Washington, D.C., is Donald Trump. Will he be able to sweep aside the massive Washington bureaucracy, the graveyard of good ideas and democratic governance? Trump got off to a very promising start, as we noted on Monday. On his first full day in office, he sent a powerful signal of intent by freezing pay raises and hiring of federal workers. Trump administration officials have let it be known that he'd like to slice 10% off spending and 20% off...
  • Will There Be An Internal Revolt Against Trump?

    01/19/2017 8:23:35 PM PST · by RightGeek · 40 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | January 13, 2017 | Tevi Troy
    My first face-to-face encounter with the federal bureaucracy came on January 22, 2001. ... This was my first introduction to the challenges of the federal bureaucracy. Trying to get anything done requires knowing the pulse points and the people—and then crossing your fingers that they can or will comply. Of course, as a conservative from the think tank world, I had heard tales of the liberal bias of career officials. The skepticism about the ideological motivations of career officials was a subset of a larger conservative skepticism about the administrative state. Steven Hayward sums up this attitude nicely in his...