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    Bureaucrats Attempting to Sabotage Trump with Leaks

    3 Feb 2017

    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.

    Philip K. Howard, chairman of Common Good, “a nonpartisan reform coalition that believes individual responsibility, not rote bureaucracy, must be the organizing principle of government” is recommending President Trump beat these efforts to sabotage his agenda through an executive order to “replace the current system.”

    Howard “argues that the civil service system, as currently structured, deprives the President of his executive power under Article II of the Constitution,” Common Good said in a statement released on Monday.

    President Trump has already used executive orders to begin the implementation of the agenda which American voters supported in the November elections. While an executive order specifically aimed at the federal bureaucracy would be controversial, even Politico recognizes that many bureaucrats are actively seeking to undermine Trump’s political agenda.

    “On Trump’s first full day in office, he called National Park Service Director Michael Reynolds and ordered him to produce photos that would buttress Trump’s claims that reporters had falsely described the magnitude of his inaugural crowds. Trump’s intervention quickly found its way into the media,” Politico reported:

    A draft executive order directing the CIA to consider reviving interrogation techniques widely regarded as torture was quickly publicized without White House approval—as was the news that Defense Secretary James Mattis and CIA Director Mike Pompeo were allegedly “blindsided” by the proposal.

    More than 1,000 State Department officials signed and submitted a “Dissent Channel” memo criticizing Trump’s executive order halting refugees from several predominately Muslim countries from entering the country. A memo from acting Attorney General Sally Yates to Justice Department officials telling them not to defend the order was quickly publicized, leading to Yates’ firing by Trump a few hours later.

    Extensive details of Trump’s combative phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia—calls that ordinarily are private or are described in anodyne terms—were leaked shortly after the calls were over, from sources that likely included U.S. officials concerned by Trump’s unconventional brand of diplomacy

    “The examples are notable both for the speed in which they are coming and the obvious skepticism they convey from within the executive branch both about the merits of Trump’s agenda or the methods by which he is trying to impose it,” Politico added.

    In a city known for leaking, bureaucrats opposed to Trump’s agenda have been relying upon that ignoble technique to undermine many of his actions with a fervor rarely, if ever, seen before.

    One such leak provided the entire basis for this recent story published in the left-leaning Nation.

    “Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination,” the headline screamed.

    “If signed, the order would create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity,” the story claimed:

    A leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation, reveals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination.

    The four-page draft order, a copy of which is currently circulating among federal staff and advocacy organizations, construes religious organizations so broadly that it covers “any organization, including closely held for-profit corporations,” and protects “religious freedom” in every walk of life: “when providing social services, education, or healthcare; earning a living, seeking a job, or employing others; receiving government grants or contracts; or otherwise participating in the marketplace, the public square, or interfacing with Federal, State or local governments.”

    The draft order seeks to create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious or moral objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity, and it seeks to curtail women’s access to contraception and abortion through the Affordable Care Act

    The Nation used the “leaked document” to drive its far left narrative:

    The White House did not respond to requests for comment, but when asked Monday about whether a religious freedom executive order was in the works, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters, “I’m not getting ahead of the executive orders that we may or may not issue. There is a lot of executive orders, a lot of things that the president has talked about and will continue to fulfill, but we have nothing on that front now.”

    Writing this week in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “The President’s Right to Say ‘You’re Fired’,” Common Good’s Howard said:

    President Trump wants to overhaul the civil service. Even ardent liberals agree it needs to be rebuilt, but past efforts at reform have withered in Congress under union power and public indifference. There’s a more direct path: Mr. Trump can repudiate civil service in its current form as a violation of the Constitution’s mandate that ‘the executive power shall be vested in a President.’… Because of civil-service laws passed by Congress…the president has direct authority over a mere 2% of the federal workforce. The question is whether those laws are constitutional.

    Does Congress have the power to tell the president that he cannot terminate inept or insubordinate employees?

    The answer, I believe, is self-evident. A determined president could replace the civil-service system on his own, by executive order. The move would doubtless be challenged in court, but it would likely be upheld, especially if the new framework advances legitimate goals, honors principles of neutral hiring and is designed to foster a culture of excellence.”

    Last week, writing at The American Interest, Howard offered more details:

    In 2014 the Partnership for Public Service issued a report describing civil service as ‘a relic of a bygone era,’ and called for ‘a new civil service framework,’ including ending the presumption of lifetime careers. Like other good government reports, however, it treated accountability with kid gloves. But once the power of accountability is restored, designing a new civil service system requires no genius.

    The basic elements are: 1) neutral hiring, without the endless red tape of the current system; 2) a safety net to treat public employees fairly if they are let go; and 3) a neutral body (perhaps the current Merit System Protection Board) with responsibility to guard against unfairness.”

    Howard, a distinguished attorney, is the author of several books, including The Rule of Nobody (W. W. Norton) and The Death of Common Sense (Random House).

    In the face of continued active resistance to the implementation of his policies by the federal bureaucracy, President Trump is likely to consider the use of every legal option at his command. If Howard’s recommendation to sign an executive order to replace the current system of civil service is not on the radar of the President and his team of advisers, it may soon be.
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    Who do these people think they are? Do they really they really think they are so important that their opinion is the only one that matters?

    Narcissists will minimize the needs of the people around them. They will not explore the details of a particular situation because they don’t deem it worthy of their time. They will label people and deflect blame onto them instead of taking responsibility for their own actions. They reduce complex issues to simple ones in order to brush them aside as stupid or useless. They don’t want to be bothered with facts or logic, only their own limited scope of what is important so as not to invest their time or energy in anything contrary to their personal agenda.

    Sound familiar?
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    The leaks will die down. They'll stop. All it does is give useless fodder to an inept press, titillate the snowflakes and make the Democratic Party show itself as the party of Reptiles that deep in his core it has always been. There are many fine and good people in the Democratic Party who I imagine are as disgusted as we are with what's going on. And they'll be remembering these visions of their party on display in 2018. Now on our side, Congress has to get its work done. They have to adjust to the pace of a nation on a mission to save itself. We've got a leader who is a man in a hurry who has no patience for failure or crazy delays.

    Americans need to remember ... our country won WWII in 3 years and 8 months.

    We've been messing around in Iraq now for 14 years.

    We've been messing around in Afghanistan for 15 years.

    We want to beat the 3 years and 8 month win. We want our country fixed in 3 years. I realize this will befuddle our members of Congress, and they'll go "what choo mean"? It means we want you to pass a tax reform package now, like right now. Not in 200 days, but now. Our companies need that corporate income tax dropped now. Not in 200 days. Now. We don't want our unemployed to languish unemployed for 200 more days. We want these bad trade deals fixed now. Not in 200 days. Now. We want Obamacare repealed and replaced now. Not in 200 days. Now. We want our companies, jobs and money back in the United States, now, not in 200 days, now.

    So Congresscritters, don't be slackers. Get your work done, get it done right, and get it done now.

    McCain and Graham, you lost, okay. You didn't make it to the White House. It's okay, get over it. Trump is the man, he's our man, that means he's your man, so stop getting your mugs in front of a camera to talk him down. It just backfires on you and you end up looking super stupid responding to stupid questions from the corrupt media about fake news.

    You're never going to one-up Donald Trump. Trump's got this. You don't even understand what's he doing, or what he's trying to do, you probably won't even know when he's done it, so just sit down, shut up and wait for orders. If you two really want to serve our country, that is what you both will do.

    You two carry on like an old gay couple. So, watch out or someone just may be delivering you some wedding cakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by posylady View Post
    Who do these people think they are? Do they really they really think they are so important that their opinion is the only one that matters?
    The govies have always had that attitude. While the administration would be there 4 years, the govies would still be there when when the administration is gone.
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