Monday, February 13, 2017

The Empire Sobs Back

Vichy conservatives and trendy celebrities scoot over. Make room at the bar for the bewildered bureaucrats, who are stunned to discover that Civil Service protects only their employment, not their power.

The New York Times chronicled the saga of those who woke up on January 20 and realized, hey, we gotta protect our phony baloney jobs, gentlemen!

But it is not losing their jobs the bureaucracy fears because no matter how poorly they perform, the paycheck is there until they retire.

No, what they fear is the loss of power -- that ability of the cat to torture the mouse -- the power of Walter Peck to shut down the Ghostbusters. ("Hold it! I want this man arrested! Captain, these men are in criminal violation of the Environmental Protection Act!")

That is of course how we see it from outside the government. Inside the government, they see themselves as protecting us from ourselves. They are our betters because they passed a Civil Service test. Seriously. A woman once made that argument to me. By the way, I passed one, and quit after four months because the job was too damned easy.

Now that is changing. Gabrielle Martin, a trial lawyer with 30 years in the Denver office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, told the New York Times:
“It’s almost a sense of dread, as in, what will happen to us. It’s like the movie music when the shark is coming. People are just wary — is the shark going to come up out of the water?”
The sense of entitlement is strong with this one.

Nicole Cantello, an EPA lawyer and government union leader in Chicago, told the newspaper:
“I have been through several transitions, but I have never had or seen this level of alarm. Unless there’s an abject abandoning of EPA’s role in the world, we’ll do what we’re told to do.”
Ah, yes. There you are. An agency that tried to bully a chicken farmer in West Virginia for having rainwater spill off her land turns out to be peopled by cowards who just want that paycheck.

However, Politico reported there are saboteurs:
Federal employees worried that President Donald Trump will gut their agencies are creating new email addresses, signing up for encrypted messaging apps and looking for other, protected ways to push back against the new administration’s agenda.
Whether inside the Environmental Protection Agency, within the Foreign Service, on the edges of the Labor Department or beyond, employees are using new technology as well as more old-fashioned approaches — such as private face-to-face meetings — to organize letters, talk strategy, or contact media outlets and other groups to express their dissent.
Working against the government from within should be a fireable offense that costs you your pension. The ones at the Foreign Service who do this would, a century or two ago, be subject to firing squads.

The people of the United States elected Donald Trump president. If he is not your president, leave.

And if you cannot support him as a government employee, quit or retire.

Otherwise, shut up, do what you are told, and quitcherbitchin.

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24 comments:

  1. Harumph! on their phony-baloney jobs. Anyone caught sending or receiving unauthorized encrypted messages should be summarily fired. Likewise for anyone found to be "pushing back" against President trump's agenda. Sedition and conspiracy are covered in 18 United States Code Chapter 115 and conviction can result in fines and up to 20 years in prison (per charge). Nail their hides to the barn. - Elric

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  2. This is the love child of unintended consequences for not prosecuting hillary Clinton to the fullest extent of the law for her clandestine use of a private e-mail server for gov't business, while Sec. of State.

    She got away with it so no precedence is set for other gov't employees.
    No consequences for the gov't disgruntled , so why not circumvent the system and set up little enclaves of back room dissidence, all in the name of self perceived righteousness and 'true' justice.

    Hard measures need to be employed and compassion for whiners be damned.

    The Washington swamp is much larger than just DC...its country wide.

    SC

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    1. Why complain? Who promised to hire a special prosecutor on his first day in office to "lock her up" and completely let it go?

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    2. I was under the impression that the FBI was still investigating.

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    3. I also don't think the commenter discussing lack of diligence under the current president. If Hillary had been held to account by the last administration the Democrat Party would have had the opportunity to run a candidate that had been properly vetted and approved by their own constituency rather than have the old lesbian put forward as the only alternative to the pitiful few that decided to run against her. Poor Jim Webb was their best candidate and look what happened to him.
      All these things are symptoms of a party being run like a country club.

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    4. Yes you are right, Doc. we are not done with her, and her MoBros
      assistant-Huma...
      TG

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    5. Who is "we" TG? Trump has reneged on his promise to hire a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton. Plain and simple. Though the issue still smolders, an FBI probe is highly unlikely from everything I read ... which includes conservative sites.
      I guess Trump is too busy declaring China a currency manipulator on his first day in office ... oh wait.
      No he is too busy cleaning up the VA on his first day in office ... oh wait.
      No he is too busy making Japan pays its fair share to the US for NATO protection ... oh wait.
      No he is too busy halting immigrants from terrorist-breeding countries ... except the most notorious ones which he has business interests.
      Im depressed, think I'll go buy Ivanka's stuff with Kelly girl.

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    6. Don't be depressed. I'll let him know that the projects you want immediate action on that you listed above get his renewed attention.
      What was that Salena Zito said? Something about literally, not seriously and seriously not literally? Did she add anything about people with autism not being able to get that?

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    7. Didn't you see the headline in this weeks Globe magazine? It should be staring you in the face at the grocery store checkout line!

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    8. Keep it classy with the autism smirk TPQuack. Nothing like insulting the president's 10-year old son.

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  3. The last civilian conviction for sedition came nearly 4 decades ago. These days, juries and especially liberal judges would be loath to convict anyone of sedition, unless the accused happened to be an order of 60 or 70 year old Catholic nuns who refused to pay for health insurance that included abortion services.

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    1. And that's after they've been RICO'd.

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  4. If I had tried to become a saboteur for my former employer, I would be fired. I suspect that part of the immigration vetting EO problem was the former Obama middle management not asking questions for clarification or just plain not passing on information.
    I also suspect the leaks, that start some of the fake news, is also from disgruntled civil service employees.
    So in both instances these people need to be reprimanded or fired, depending on the situation, and perk walked to show Trump means business. Maybe a few false flag ops could be done to find out who leaks and/or refuses to follow directions.
    George Shultz learned the hard way that as SoS, unlike when president of Bechtel, his orders would get ignored and he felt somewhat helpless. Trump needs to stop this or it will just become worse. He doesn't take media laying down as the GOP usually does, so he needs to show a strong hand with these problems.

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  5. A righteous, hot post, Big D! A neighbor once advised me that my daughter ought to work for the federal government. I looked at him and said, There's no f---ing way I would ever approve of that. He got all pissed off...

    Guess who he worked for?

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    1. Good for you for keeping your daughter from degrading herself.

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  6. If I had tried to become a saboteur for my former employer, I would be fired. I suspect that part of the immigration vetting EO problem was the former Obama middle management not asking questions for clarification or just plain not passing on information.
    I also suspect the leaks, that start some of the fake news, is also from disgruntled civil service employees.
    So in both instances these people need to be reprimanded or fired, depending on the situation, and perk walked to show Trump means business. Maybe a few false flag ops could be done to find out who leaks and/or refuses to follow directions.
    George Shultz learned the hard way that as SoS, unlike when president of Bechtel, his orders would get ignored and he felt somewhat helpless. Trump needs to stop this or it will just become worse. He doesn't take media laying down as the GOP usually does, so he needs to show a strong hand with these problems.

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    1. Find a few miles you can rely on in each organization. Make them your "political officers". Have them report to you on any employees doing wrong and transfer them to the office assigned no duties whatsoever in downtown Baltimore on the late shift.

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    2. Autocorrect got me again.

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  7. Ever read one of those blog posts that must makes ya smile real big and sorta nose snort at each paragraph? This is one of Don's. GovFlakes is the new Snowflake? :::snort:::

    Just some info for FL State employees reading:

    'Working against the government from within (encryption) should be a fireable offense that costs you your pension.'

    You *do* know violations of the Sunshine Law means your union rep won't even call you back, right? I'm surprised the same doesn't exist (somehow somewhere in the *.gov regs).

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  8. Bureaucracy is a dirty word here but in reality many of these people are where they are because the private world was or would be too harsh for them or the government won't pay to get better than they, at least in the upper echelons. Many spend a fair amount of time calculating their pensions for example to reassure themselves it is all worth it, something actually encouraged by their masters . For this reason alone I don't see many of them risking this real goal of financial stability at an older age to save some river smelt.
    Trump has not yet seized control of governmental mechanics. He has not yet appointed its supervising engineers and technicians of which there are many, many. Once he does most of this commotion will die down. Those who are let go will make some noise and be exploited by the Democrats, but they will also be without power. Here his inexperience in government may hurt him. if he is wise he will accept some aid from those versed in the paper pathways through which money flows
    The left is really evil in this case. It is encouraging vulnerable people to sacrifice themselves for nothing other than its own selfish aims. A few may immolate but I hope not many.

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  9. "Civil Service protects only their employment, not their power."

    Perhaps that should be changed.

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