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  • Want to make federal employees easier to fire? Here's Your Chance to drain the swamp

    09/20/2018 9:12:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/20/2018 | James Simpson
    Project Veritas just released its latest undercover video, "Unmasking the Deep State."This first video focuses on a State Department employee who is both a poster child for the Deep State and a perfect example of why the federal bureaucracy needs serious reform.Providentially, there is new legislation being considered in Congress that would do just that: the Merit Act (H.R. 559). The Merit Act would greatly streamline the process for firing employees who are poor performers, insubordinate, or otherwise engaged in misconduct.Since the election of President Trump, the bureaucracy, including numerous holdovers from the Obama administration, has been engaged in...
  • PAGE Act Will Ensure Federal Employee Accountability

    09/10/2018 2:17:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2018 | Congressman Todd Rokita
    President Trump recently announced plans to cancel an automatic pay increase for federal employees, a plan I strongly support.  This is part of his promise to drain the swamp, a message that resonated powerfully with the American people.  Americans are fed up with an out-of-touch federal government.  They want to see common-sense actions being taken to clean up the federal workforce.  In addition to canceling these unearned pay increases, President Trump is carrying out the will of the people by taking action.  This includes limiting federal employees’ use of their official time for non-work activities, cracking down on unfair union...
  • Trump Moves to Ease the Firing of Federal Workers

    05/25/2018 2:37:19 PM PDT · by Cyclops08 · 56 replies
    NY Times ^ | 05/25/2018 | Noam Scheiber
    President Trump on Friday signed a series of executive orders making it easier to fire federal government workers and rolling back the prerogatives of unions that represent them. Andrew Bremberg, the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said the president was fulfilling his promise to promote more efficient government by reforming our Civil Service rules. But the push also reflects conservatives long-running suspicion of the federal bureaucracy, one that the presidents advisers have been outspoken in channeling. Shortly after Mr. Trump took office, Stephen K. Bannon, then his chief strategist, called for the deconstruction of the administrative state....
  • Anarchy Is Swallowing Up the Social Order

    03/03/2018 4:49:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | March 3, 2018 | E. Jeffrey Ludwig
    Government in the name of order, control, efficiency, organization, the greatest good for the greatest number, solidarity, social justice, and safety is instead ruling over a society that is increasingly disordered, crime-ridden, unjust, and disturbed to an extreme. A word that describes the direction of our acceleration through space and time is anarchy. The momentum toward anarchy began with the move toward federal government expansion. During Woodrow Wilson's presidency, we began to see the implementation of what is now called the administrative state. This was helped along by our participation in WWI, which created the need for more governmental controls....
  • Government shutdown coming Dec. 22? Federal employees say theyre ready

    12/19/2017 11:42:16 PM PST · by ransomnote · 12 replies
    federalnewsradio.com ^ | December 14, 2017 | Jory Heckman
    Whether a government shutdown is on the horizon for the holiday season, a majority of federal employees who took an anonymous online survey from Federal News Radio said their federal agencies are ready if a shutdown does happen. Congress has until midnight on Friday, Dec. 22 to avoid a government shutdown. To do that, the House and Senate must pass either another stopgap continuing resolution or approve an omnibus spending plan, which came closer to reality on Tuesday, when President Donald Trump signed a bill authorizing more than $700 billion in defense spending for the rest of fiscal 2018. The...
  • Utah's 'Negro Bill Canyon' renamed after years of debate [now Grandstaff Canyon]

    10/12/2017 6:43:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2017 6:51 PM EDT
    After years of debate, a U.S. government board has voted to rename Utahs Negro Bill Canyon, overruling a recommendation by Utah officials to keep the name. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided Thursday to rename it Grandstaff Canyon to get rid of an offensive name, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The vote was 12-0, with one member declining to vote. The decision comes 16 years after the board voted to keep the name. The new name honors black rancher and prospector William Grandstaff, whose cattle grazed there in the 1870s. His name was Grandstaff; it was not Negro Bill,...
  • Feds spend $138G asking 4-year-olds about their 'internal sense of gender identity'

    09/08/2017 8:09:04 AM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 12 replies
    Fox News Politics ^ | 9/8/2017 | Elizabeth Harrington
    By Elizabeth Harrington Published September 08, 2017 Washington Free Beacon The National Science Foundation is spending over $130,000 on a study that asks four-year-olds about their "internal sense of gender identity." A grant for a two-year study was awarded to the University of Washington this summer. The project will interview 250 children aged four to six, and their parents, asking a series of questions about "gendered behavior."
  • What If Some Spies Are Bad Guys?

    08/03/2017 8:53:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2017 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if the federal government captures in real time the contents of every telephone call, email and text message and all the fiber-optic data generated by every person and entity in the United States 24/7/365? What if this mass surveillance was never authorized by any federal law? What if this mass surveillance has come about by the secret collusion of presidents and their spies in the National Security Agency and by the federal government's forcing the major telephone and computer service providers to cooperate with it? What if the service providers were coerced into giving the feds continuous physical access...
  • It's a slam dunk: End federal subsidies for sports stadiums

    07/23/2017 9:56:38 AM PDT · by ptsal · 32 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 23, 2017 | Erica Jedynak & John Tidwell
    [snip]Subsidizing ballparks for billionaire owners and millionaire players, however, shouldn't be part of the equation. According to the Brookings Institution, the stadium loophole has cost federal taxpayers $3.2 billion for 36 professional sports facilities since 2000. Maybe bringing together two senators from vastly different states and from widely different ideologies U.S. Sen. James Lankford, an Oklahoma Republican, and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat will help inspire a fractious Congress to work together on a bipartisan bill to cut federal subsidies for sports stadiums. The bill would end the federal tax giveaway for municipal bonds used...
  • The Latest: Trump signs another order to reduce regulation

    02/24/2017 9:46:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    AP/KSL ^ | Feb 24th, 2017
    <p>12:25 p.m.</p> <p>President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order taking aim at government regulations.</p> <p>The president says the order will direct each federal agency to establish a regulatory reform task force. The task forces will then recommend which regulations they can simplify or eliminate.</p>
  • Trump Claims Illegal Leaks Are The Real Story Behind Michael Flynns Resignation

    02/14/2017 9:46:14 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 124 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2-14-2017 | Chuck Ross
    President Trump responded publicly to the news of the forced resignation of his national security advisor, Michael Flynn, asserting on Tuesday that the real story is the number of illegal leaks from U.S. government officials. Trump made the claim in an early-morning tweet.
  • 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 Trumps 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.
  • About 900 State Department officials sign dissent memo: source

    01/31/2017 3:09:28 PM PST · by mandaladon · 129 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 31 Jan 2017
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Roughly 900 U.S. State Department officials signed an internal dissent memo critical of President Donald Trump's travel ban for refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, a source familiar with the document said on Tuesday. A senior State Department official confirmed that the memorandum in the department's "dissent channel" had been submitted to management. White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday he was aware of the memo but warned career diplomats that they should either "get with the program or they can go."
  • Voters Support Trumps 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 Trumps plan for major spending and staffing cuts in the federal government, but many still worry he wont 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.)
  • Eyeing the new boss warily, federal workers prepare for deep cuts under Trump

    01/09/2017 8:19:46 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 98 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | John Fritze
    Federal workers in Maryland and across the nation are bracing for reductions in head counts, civil service protections and even salaries when President-elect Donald Trump and Congress turn their attention to government spending later this year. Trump, who ran on a promise to "drain the swamp," has identified hiring freezes at most federal agencies as a top priority for his early days in office. Republican lawmakers, many of whom have long advocated for reducing Washington's footprint, are looking to cut benefits and make it easier to fire poor performers. The threats and preliminary steps taken by Congress have created anxiety...
  • Federal agencies rush to fill job openings before Trump takes office Jan. 20

    12/31/2016 11:36:44 PM PST · by Windflier · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 31 December 2016 | Lisa Rein and Juliet Eilperin
    Several federal agencies are accelerating hiring in the final days of the Obama administration to ensure that as many new employees as possible are in place before President-elect Donald Trump imposes a promised hiring freeze. Leaders at these agencies are filling open positions with transfers and outside hires and are making internal promotions before Trump takes office Jan. 20, according to internal documents and interviews. The hiring could increase tensions between the Trump transition team and the Obama administration a relationship that has grown worse in recent days due to disagreements over how the United States should handle its...
  • Washington Can't Work (power back to the states)

    12/28/2016 3:26:46 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 16 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | Bruce Walker
    President Trump and the Republican Congress are going to do a lot and will likely act quickly and decisively to help the economy become strong, make the borders secure and the immigration laws effective, protect us from terrorists and rogue nations, and improve our education system. It is vitally important, however, to grasp at the outset that Washington cannot work. Federal solutions always fail. The best thing federal politicians can do is to get Washington out of the lives of ordinary Americans, their businesses, and their communities. This must happen fast, because Washington is crawling with folks who will work...
  • Shrinking the Budget May Not Be As Easy As Trump Thinks

    11/21/2016 5:06:08 AM PST · by expat_panama · 89 replies
    Real Clear Markets ^ | November 21, 2016 | Jeffrey Dorfman
    For believers in small government, there is a ray of hope on the horizon. We have a (nominally) Republican president-elect who loves to point out how he is not beholden to the usual special interests and Republican majorities in both the House and Senate. If federal spending is ever going to be reined in, now would appear to be the time. Federal spending for the 2016 fiscal year ran about $3.95 trillion, a record high. Without any spending cuts, federal spending is projected at $4.15 trillion for the current fiscal year which started on October 1 and runs through September...
  • Clintons Misleading Debt Claims

    10/20/2016 3:49:35 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Factcheck.org ^ | Oct. 20, 2016 | Lori Robertson
    In the final presidential debate, Hillary Clinton claimed that her proposals would not add a penny to the debt. But a nonpartisan budget watchdog group estimates that what she has detailed thus far would add $200 billion to the debt over 10 years. The same budget experts estimate Trumps proposals would add significantly more $5.3 trillion to the debt over 10 years. Clinton, however, made the misleading claim that Trumps tax cuts would add $20 trillion to the debt. Thats a two-decade figure a point Clinton leaves out and it doesnt account for any spending cuts...
  • In 2015, the Government Employed Over 277,000 Regulators

    08/12/2016 10:16:00 AM PDT · by milton23 · 6 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/12/16 | Matthew Andrews & James Gattuso
    Want to work in a field that has more than quadrupled in size since 1960? Consider being a regulator for the federal government. Even during the last recession, the regulatory agencies were hiring. In 2015, the U.S. government employed more than 277,000 regulators. To put that number in perspective, its 50,000 more workers than General Motors Co. employs throughout the entire world. Weve all heard of the regulatory agencies that constitute the fourth branch of government. It has cost our economy over $100 billion during the Obama administration.