I’m old enough to remember when this was a badly needed counter to official Soviet and other Leftist propaganda in Europe (Radio Free Europe was, I believe, the original idea).
I do believe, in a time when there is widely-available information dissemination world-wide, this agency may have outlived its mission. It’s become a comfortable retirement income for aging, overpriced journalists.
Easier than firing people – which allows the let-go person to pose, with the assistance of his journalist friends, as a VICTIM of the Horrible Orange Person – is to eliminate the agency entirely. Allow the non-partisan clerks/tech people to transfer to other jobs. No inter-agency movement for the news staff, unless reliably non-partisan.
They will still bitch, but their blatant partisanship has earned them loss of a government spot. This shutdown has the advantage of lowering the cost of government.
While we’re at it, the GPO – Government Printing Office – is a relic that needs to go. Farm out the jobs to local government offices, to be printed up by local printshops (a godsend to their bottom line). Place the files on the web – any printer can quickly set up a small run for less than the cost of moving the paper around the country.
I just got home last night, after 9 pm. It was a good trip – time with family (never enough), and a very hurried trip back, trying to get ahead of the encroaching weather.
No accidents, thankfully. And, I was smart enough to NOT schedule a sub job today – I can concentrate on straightening the house, organizing the bills/paper, and doing laundry – LOTS of laundry.
Today, I spent a few minutes getting caught up with friends on Facebook. One of them is Baldilocks – Juliette Akinyi Ochieng – who blogs at Baldilocks and Da Tech Guy. She’s written a book that is on Amazon.
Other interesting things – a Deadly Lacrosse Game, that leads to war! That war was one in which my direct ancestor, William Ice (Indian Billy) was taken after the adult females were killed, along with his sisters (neither was released when William was – at the end of the Pontiac War – they may have been sold/traded to other tribes).
A wonderful paen to Western Civilization.
Yet Another Reason Why Federal Bailouts Are a Bad Idea (YARWFBABI).
on the over-reach of the 9th District Court.
The extra-legal machinations of the 9th have been a near constant issue for many years. Any time a Republican makes a move to restrict the alien invasion, enforce federal laws, or curtail the Deep State, the 9th is right there, issuing their pissy rulings, and using cover of their Black Cloaks to subvert the Republic.
It’s long past time for the Executive Branch to act. The best-case scenario would be for Ginsberg to retire – but, she’s made it very clear that she refuses to do so, however enfeebled she becomes.
It’s not JUST something she’s doing to prevent a non-Leftist being confirmed. A sensible person would have exited during the Obama years, giving the Supreme Court a near-lock on Leftist control for decades.
It would be great if the Court was more certain. However, we don’t have the luxury of time. As I write, the Dems/Leftists/Progs are plotting to:
- Impeach Trump
- After impeachment, they will immediately work to nullify all of his appointments, remove his court selections, and reverse his executive decisions. It doesn’t matter whether they fail – the prolonged chaos that will result, along with attention being diverted from the Deep State, will virtually ensure their success in their long-term efforts to overthrow America.
- Capture, by hook or by crook (or, both), the state governments. The AG project started by Soros is one facet of that capture.
- State-by-state, get guns out of the hands of citizens. Allow every crook and revolutionary to stockpile sufficient guns to make any rebellion a fair fight against the patriots.
- The gun fight is critical. They HAVE to remove the guns. To do so, they have loosed some true crazies on the communities, in hopes that their lunatic ways will lead to public massacre.
- No, I don’t think these are “Phony Shootings” – they are real, but facilitated by Prog policies on the liberties of the nuts. AND, as has been hinted by what information that WAS released in the Las Vegas hotel shooting, encouraged by the Deep State operatives that may have “nudged” the shooters’ decisions.
So. Trump needs to take this most recent abomination of the 9th directly to the Supreme Court, asking:
Can the lower courts continue to overrule the Executive Branch? Must the President abide by a lower court decision on an Executive Function, while the case is making its way to the Supreme Court?
This is a continuation of my Political Memes – feel free to share anywhere.
I’ve been working on a How to Master the Meme, that will be posted here and on Youtube/other sites. If I get some time, I’d like to do it before I head to Cleveland for Thanksgiving.
This is basically a process that needs to be started – right now. The longer Trump waits, the harder it gets.
The first stage is to identify the Departments that more properly should be located in places other than Washington, DC. The best Candidates would be:
- The Department of the Interior
- Locate it in a relatively empty part of the Midwest, using federal properties that are no longer used. A good assumption is that those properties will need to be updated/rehabbed before they are ready to move in, so, in the interim, rent space in commercial buildings. DO NOT sign a long-term lease – 1-3 years max.
- Move the Upper management first, with a SMALL staff.
- Do NOT allow telecommuting – they have to physically move to the new location, or find another job.
- After those people move in, transfer functions – phone support, report generation, customer service, paperwork, etc. If people don’t want to move, shake their hand, sign the departure paperwork, and replace them with local people.
- The goal is to move as much of the activities of the Dept. as possible in the shortest time possible. Work to make this a one-way move – make it as difficult as possible for that Dept. to return to DC.
- The Department of Education – perhaps in Iowa, the home of the famous assessment tests?
- The Department of Labor – one of the Steeltowns – Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit?
- Treasury – use one of the Mint cities.
- Agriculture – pick a farm state.
- The Services – Army, Navy, Air Force, etc.
- Pick a city where they have an academy/base – move them there. Limit just how many people can be in Washington at a single time. The rest have to locate in another part of the country.
- If they retire from the military, they may NOT receive their pension if they accept a job within 150 miles of DC.
- Put this in one of the cities that has properties that they are administering. They can set up offices in one of the emptier buildings.
- Atlanta, or other transportation hub – NOT DC.
- Someplace they dig energy out of the ground.
- Set up offices in the hospitals, satellite-style. Parcel out the essential functions to different ones.
The others get to stay, for now. But, they get reduced in size.
The most essential things to remember:
- The goal is to reduce the size of the department. Some of this will be attrition – people will not move out of DC. Some of this will involve outsourcing of services – such as paycheck processing, HR, retirement benefits. These are all services that private industry does, cheaper and better than government.
- Sell the buildings that house those agencies ASAP – take away their ability to just come back, under other administrations.
- Get rid of functions. There is absolutely NO reason to have a GPO (Government Printing Office). The files can be sent electronically to where they are needed, and printed out locally. This both enriches the local economy, and eliminates a whole bunch of government employees. Save waste on storage of documents, too.
- Engineers should be brought in to analyze the parts of government – don’t drag this out, just make a quick assessment. They should prioritize the changes, set them in motion, and Get ‘Er Done.
The longer Trump waits, the harder it becomes. Fund the change by ordering a 10% REDUCTION in the previous year’s budget – for EVERY department. Use that money to get the change made.
UPDATE – Some outstanding ideas in the comments. One of them, I’d like to address. The idea of a 75% RIF – Reduction in Force.
I don’t favor that one, as the amount of outrage it would stir up would exceed the potential benefit. The other methods are clearly within the executive authority, and protests would be unlikely to prevail in court (ultimately). The thing is, Trump just has to put the press on for the moves, and start with separating the upper level management from their allies in DC.
The bureaucracy is a Hydra. You’ll make the best progress if you distract them with the hassle of moving, setting up offices, and keeping in touch with DC. By moving them away, you’ll limit their ability to work sub-rosa – any communications will be:
ALL of them are able to be recorded, captured, and uncovered in subsequent investigations of their treasonous activities.
Kinda puts a crimp in the ability to plan.
Force them to split up the cabals – they may only take about 1/2 of their immediate staff with them, at that time. You’re squeezing the lifesblood out of them, by cutting off their ability to lurk in corners, plotting with their Leftist friends/allies.
Offer bonuses for relocation, IF they sign the agreement early. Others will NOT get the bonus, if they wait to make a decision. Again, this allows some of the group (more likely those disgusted with the DC atmosphere) to leave, with less pain. The fact that their salary will go further will be another plus. I would expect families will jump at this, particularly at the lower-level positions. It’s like an automatic raise.
Rush Limbaugh referenced Melania Trump’s comment about a White House staffer, who subsequently was removed from her post.
It’s the basic idea that a man has to take a subservient role in domestic disputes – “Yes, Honey – I was wrong”. That’s a common belief among men, and one that is encouraged by women who want The Final Word at home.
I’ve been married nearly 45 years (this January 12 is that anniversary). I won’t claim that we haven’t had some difficult times – we moved, for example 17 times in the first 15 years. We had 3 kids in 4 years.
We’ve endured the deaths of ALL of our parents, and each of us has lost a brother before their time.
We don’t always agree – for the last 10 years, I’ve voted differently than my husband, supporting candidates that he despised.
We’ve had “discussions” about housework, bills, and laundry.
In short, just like everyone else.
What we HAVEN’T had is me “pulling rank”, and insisting that the discussion better end in me winning. I do NOT enforce the “Happy Wife, Happy Life” philosophy.
Are there times when one person in the marriage should have more weight in some decisions? Sure – if the women has greater responsibility for household tasks, her method of doing them should be followed.
If one has a greater financial responsibility for paying the bills (must donate a larger share to the communal pot), then that person’s decision on whether a purchase should be made, and upper limits on that purchase, should be final.
This just makes sense. But, no person should act with disregard for the other’s opinion. Proper respect should be shown for that input, even if it doesn’t sway the final decision.
Melania had endured friction with the offending staffer before – this was not a tantrum, nor a sudden decision. She’s not generally a difficult woman, nor a complainer. The person had over-ridden her desire to bring along a few of her staffers on a trip, and was rather rudely refused, and that staffer’s people took the trip instead.
That she felt strongly enough to bring the dispute to Donald’s attention, led him to act. That shows a lot of respect for her judgement, as well as sensitivity to her concerns. That’s NOT buckling down to the Wifey’s demands.
Hopefully, other staffers will get the point – don’t unnecessarily piss off the boss’s wife. Show respect, and don’t make unreasonable demands on her.
She may be generally quiet, but she carries a lot of clout. Trump did NOT cave into his wife’s demands, but rather, once the problem was brought to his attention, acted in support of her decision.