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  • Trump Needs to Start Replacing the Administrative State

    05/21/2017 5:11:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2017 | Mytheos Holt
    The past two weeks have not been kind to the Trump administration. Aided and abetted by a press drunk on their own moral certitude and delusions of Watergate-era public spiritedness, the unelected arms of the executive branch have begun asserting themselves as the hall monitors of democracy, who can hobble or even remove an elected leader simply for failing to live up to their swamp-generated standards of propriety. It is dangerous, disgusting, and dispiriting, and if the President wants to serve a full term or see any of his agenda enacted, he needs to get a handle on it.Obviously the...
  • Former Obama Official Says Bureaucrats Manipulate Climate Stats to Influence Policy

    04/25/2017 11:17:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | April 24, 2017 | Chris White
    A former member of the Obama administration claims Washington, D.C., often uses “misleading” news releases about climate data to influence public opinion. Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion. “What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data. He pointed to a National Climate Assessment in 2014 showing hurricane activity has...
  • Smashing the “monsters”: It’s time to address the national deficit

    04/14/2017 11:54:05 PM PDT · by CanaryBlog · 23 replies
    The Canary in The Mine ^ | 04/14/2017 | The Canary
    With the national deficit rapidly approaching 20 trillion, it is truly remarkable how little attention the national deficit is receiving in the daily political debate between the Republican administration and the Democratic opposition but also by media and public. Everybody understands that an at this rate the growing national deficit is not sustainable, and will bankrupt the country. But even maintaining the deficit at current levels burdens our children and grandchildren with unfair obligations, which we did not inherit from our parents and grandparents and, therefore, should not pass on to the next generations. The almost uniform rejection of next...
  • Automation can replace government bureaucrats and save taxpayers money

    02/12/2017 4:03:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/12/2017 | John Sexton
    Thursday, Bloomberg published an article titled “Machines Can Replace Millions of Bureaucrats” which offers some amusing insights into what the future of bureaucracy might look like. The story is largely based on the work of two Oxford academics, Carl Frey and Michael Osborne, who have been studying the likelihood of various jobs being automated. What they found is that some of the jobs which are ideal for automation are government jobs: Government clerks who do predictable, rule-based, often mechanical work also are in danger of displacement by machines. In a recent collaboration with Deloitte U.K., Profs. Osborne and Frey...
  • Bureaucrats Attempting to Sabotage Trump with Leaks

    02/03/2017 10:22:59 PM PST · by detective · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Feb 2017 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Many of the 2.7 million bureaucrats employed by the federal government oppose President Donald Trump’s policies and are actively attempting to sabotage his agenda. That sabotage comes in several forms, from secretly circulating emails among fellow ideologically committed members of the federal bureaucracy plotting strategy, to working behind the scenes with Democratic legislators to create out-of-the ordinary bureaucratic actions, to leaking confidential documents to the press.
  • Turmoil at DHS and State Department - "There Are People Literally Crying in the Office Here"

    02/02/2017 8:12:33 AM PST · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    The Intercept ^ | January 31, 2017 | Alice Speri, Ryan Devereaux
    While President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration has left families wondering when they will see their loved ones again, drawing condemnation from leaders around the globe, the administration’s actions have also impacted another group: career U.S. officials working on asylum and refugee cases as well as foreign policy. "There are people literally crying in the office here," said a senior U.S. immigration official who spoke to The Intercept on condition of anonymity.
  • BLM Still Harassing Jeanette Finicum...

    01/29/2017 8:14:00 AM PST · by AZHSer · 17 replies
    The Free Range Report ^ | Dec. 28, 2016 | Carrie Stadheim
    Rather than allow Jeanette to take over the grazing allotments after LaVoy's Death, State BLM representatives said she was not considered heir to the allotments, even though she was the widow of one. They told her the grazing permits terminated upon his death and that she would have to start over at square one with the application process to graze her (their) cattle on the allotment.
  • EPA Employees Given 'Dealing with Change' Counseling Post-Trump Win

    01/28/2017 6:51:19 AM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 28, 2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Amidst employees in tears following the election of Donald Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency is offering counseling sessions on "dealing with change." [Snip] Topics included "How to deal with change," "How do you keep your composure and make better decisions under pressure?" "How can you spend your energy more wisely—and have more as a result?" and "How do you recognize and eliminate harmful habits that cause you stress?" The agency's Employee Counseling and Assistance Program held the sessions, which also covered "How can you stop yourself from getting hurt and/or angry?"
  • Bureaucrats Bring 500 Refugees Into Country One Day Before Trump’s Expected Ban

    01/25/2017 7:18:13 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/24/17 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Bureaucrats at the State Department brought 500 refugees into the country on Tuesday, one day before President Trump “is expected to order a multi-month ban on allowing refugees into the United States except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place,” according to Reuters. The temporary ban on refugees will be one of several executive orders on immigration President Trump will sign on Wednesday, Reuters reports. “Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.” Two...
  • Bureaucrats Bring 500 Refugees Into Country One Day Before Trump's Expected Ban

    01/25/2017 5:05:39 AM PST · by davikkm · 41 replies
    Bureaucrats at the State Department brought 500 refugees into the country on Tuesday, one day before President Trump “is expected to order a multi-month ban on allowing refugees into the United States except for religious minorities escaping persecution, until more aggressive vetting is in place,” according to Reuters. The temporary ban on refugees will be one of several executive orders on immigration President Trump will sign on Wednesday, Reuters reports. “Another order will block visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, said the aides and experts, who asked not to be identified.” Two...
  • Senate Rejects Dem Proposal to Require 60 Votes to Repeal Obamacare [semi-satire]

    01/08/2017 10:02:40 AM PST · by John Semmens · 11 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 8 Jan 2017 | John Semmens
    A move by Democrats to reestablish a rule that would require a minimum of 60 votes for any legislation to pass the Senate was repulsed by a 52-48 straight party line vote. Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, recent vice-presidential running mate of Hillary Clinton, sponsored the 60 vote requirement and called the GOP's stance against it "unfair. For decades it had been the tradition in the Senate to permit the minority party to block legislation that couldn't obtain a super majority. Now just because former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) eliminated this tradition when Democrats held the majority in the...
  • When city retirement pays better than the job

    12/31/2016 3:18:06 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec. 30, 2016 | Jack Dolan
    James Mussenden doesn’t bring up his pension in casual conversation. No point getting his golf partners’ blood boiling. The retired city manager of El Monte collects more than $216,000 a year, plus cost-of-living increases and fully paid health insurance. “It’s giving me an opportunity to do a number of things I didn’t get to do when I was younger, like travel to Europe, take some things off my bucket list,” Mussenden, 66, said recently. He even flew to Scotland to play the famed Old Course at St. Andrews, a mecca for golf enthusiasts.
  • The Brahmandarins

    12/16/2016 9:51:15 AM PST · by Noumenon · 7 replies
    A friend of mine has posted a penetrating analysis of the clerisy and the political class of America on Facebook. In it, he coins the portmanteau “Brahmandarin” to describe these cretins, and their sort of hybrid Mandarin and Brahmin nature. They have the permanent bureaucratic nature of the Mandarins, with a large infusion of Brahmin nepotism and in-class favoritism. Observe: Consider America’s “New Class”: academia, journalism, “helping” professions, nonprofits, community organizers, trustafarian artists,… Talent for something immediately verifiable (be it playing the piano, designing an airplane, or buying-and-selling,… ) or a track record of tangible achievements are much less important...
  • Global Bureaucrats Invited By Obama To Inspect US Elections

    10/06/2016 10:43:20 AM PDT · by PROCON · 22 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Oct. 6, 2016 | Eric Lieberman
    Hundreds of foreigners are expected to enter America within the next month in order to observe the American electoral process. The United States sends representatives to other nations with dubious democratic processes to survey the voting systems and look for fraudulent practices. But now it seems that America is the one being inspected and scrutinized. With the help of President Barack Obama, the Organization of American States (OAS) will send roughly 30 to 40 spectators to polling location across the country for the first time ever, according to The Washington Post. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)...
  • Top EPA Official Slams ‘****heads’ At White House For Not Regulating Fracking

    09/12/2016 5:51:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 12, 2016 | Michael Bastasch
    A former senior EPA official known for coordinating with environmentalists slammed the White House for pushing back on agency plans to regulate hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas, text messages show. Michael Goo, EPA’s policy chief at the time, texted Sierra Club lobbyist John Coequyt that if environmentalists “want any hope of regulation of fracking then give us more time to try and remove the gun from our head and talk sense into OMB dickheads.” “If you want the oil and gas nsps to give fracking a free pass, as OMB would like then don’t give us the extension,”...
  • Almost Half of All TSA Employees Have Been Cited for Misconduct

    07/20/2016 3:07:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Condé Nast Traveler ^ | July 14, 2016 | Katherine LaGrave
    The Transportation Security Administration's woes continue. Despite the Transportation Security Administration's ten-point action plan to reduce long lines at airports across the country, lengthy queues remain. Now, the TSA's summer may be getting even worse: According to a recent report from the House Homeland Security Commission entitled "Misconduct at TSA Threatens the Security of the Flying Public", nearly half of the TSA’s 60,000 employees have been cited for misconduct in recent years. The bad news doesn't stop there. Citations have increased 28.5 percent from 2013 to 2015, and in 2015, the average U.S. airport received 58 complaints each year—more than...
  • The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone

    07/02/2016 2:10:05 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 63 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 26, 2016 | Jeff Jacoby
    The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone AMERICA’S GUN CULTURE has been a subject of intense interest and controversy for years, with concerns frequently raised about shadowy militias, paramilitary extremists, and unstable zealots in possession of alarming quantities of explosives and firearms. Amid the current din over assault weapons and body armor, consider one domestic organization’s fearsome arsenal of military-style equipment. In the space of eight years, the group amassed a stockpile of pistols, shotguns, and semiautomatic rifles, along with ample supplies of ammunition, liquid explosives, gun scopes, and suppressors. In its cache as well are...
  • The process of government-mandated social change

    05/09/2016 8:35:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Rolf Yungclas
    An unelected official’s decision for his agency is given the significance of legislation that has to be passed by the House and the Senate and signed by the President There is a mythical process called trickle-down economics, which is actually a derogatory term for letting the job producers flourish. Real economic growth can only come from private enterprise capitalism, so the less taxation and regulation, the greater the economic growth. Statists, though, see all private enterprise profits that don’t become tax revenue as money that is supposedly theirs that they haven’t obtained yet. They see it as an expense, money...
  • A Donkey’s Tale

    04/14/2016 7:47:31 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-14-2016 | MOTUS
     Once upon a time, there was a King who wanted to go fishing.He called the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours. The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the coming days.So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen. On the way he met a farmer on his donkey. Upon seeing the king the farmer said, "Your Majesty, you should return to the palace at once because in just a short time I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area".The king...
  • Lawmaker to Senate: REIN in government regulations, pass REINS Act (WI)

    03/04/2016 6:47:13 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 3-4-16 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. - Less than two weeks before the Senate holds its final floor day of the shortened late-winter session, the battle is heating up - among conservatives - over a bill aimed at holding government bureaucrats accountable. Whether the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act gets to the Senate floor remains uncertain at this point. On Thursday, State. Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, issued a statement calling for Senate leadership to bring the proposal he cosponsored up for a full vote on the Senate’s final session day, on March 15. The bill would require any...