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Thursday, August 09, 2018

DC's culture of unaccountability

Politico reported, "A Trump administration debate over whether to clamp down on refugee admissions into the U.S. is forcing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to make a tough political choice between pleasing his employees — or his boss."

That is a false choice because who the hell are these State Department pencil pushers to make policy decisions?

Pompeo does not work for them. It is the other way around.

But the overwhelming majority of bureaucrats, lobbyists, and journalists in Washington see the federal government, not as a creation of the states, but as our rulers.

When President Trump passed out a few pardons, the press was alarmed that he broke protocol by not having the Justice Department vet the pardons.

Again, that is backward thinking.

They work for him.

The Washington press corps is rather pedantic about politics despite missing the Tea Party revolution and President Trump's nomination and election.

But last year, these know-it-alls were alarmed to learn that the FBI director serves at the will and pleasure of the president. They also learned that the president does not have to give anyone a reason for firing Jimmy the Weasel Comey.

They learned nothing.

Today we have Politico spewing this nonsense: "President Donald Trump’s top diplomat could side with Trump and other anti-immigration hard-liners and agree to proposals that slash the number of refugees the United States admits and gut the State Department bureau that deals with them. But in doing so, he could alienate many State Department employees who strongly oppose those moves, while disappointing foreign governments unhappy that the U.S. is not doing more to deal with a global migration crisis."

Look, either Pompeo carries out President Trump's policies or President Trump gets a new secretary of State. It is that simple.

Any bureaucrats who resign in protest will be easily replaced. It is not as if the State Department has done that great a job over the last few presidencies.


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  1. I thought all the State employees were quitting is so horrible to work for Trump. Do what the current ELECTED administration wants or quit. Most of the ones who quit because of principles (WaPo) are actually retiring because they cushy DC gig is over and they have to go back into the field which is what they were hired to do in the first place. So retire or quit. The public doesn't care.

  2. Good heavens, no wonder the government is a mess. Where did the press learn civics? Oh, right. Nowhere in public schools.

  3. This seems to be the latest liberal talking point. The bureaucracy knows best. Probably because it seems 90% of the bureaucracy share the liberal ideology. Earlier this week we were told how Brett Kavanaugh might be a threat to the unfettered power of these unelected activists based on the parsing of one of his decisions.

  4. It's funny to see the libs' and the TruCons' panties in a knot because Trump wants to end the Obama policies of come for the freedom stay for the freebies and don't forget to be counted and to vote Dem.

  5. The unhappiness of career civil servants at the State Department is a feature not a bug.

    I believe that the President, in whom all executive power lies, can fire anyone. I believe the Pendleton Act creating a civil service construct denying the ability to fire to the President is unconstitutional.

    I look forward to a constitutional challenge in DJT's 2d term.

    1. With one or two more SCOTUS appointments we might see strict constitutionalism for quite some time.

  6. We all do a little of that sometimes. We say "my job" but it doesn't belong to us.

  7. Me thinks Politico has things bass ackwards. I would also bet the ranch that Pompeo is on the same page with PDJT.

  8. This is why Mr. T actually threatens government shutdowns himself. He knows. The average workday of a federal government employee is as follows:

    9-10 breakfast
    10-11 bullshitting
    11-12 HR-sponsored bullshit
    12-1 lunch
    1-2 quick nap
    2-3 work
    3-4 coffee break
    4-5 hit the smartphone

    1. need to get a conference call in there. Fed employees love them some conference calls. Complete wastes of time but to the fed employee conf calls are ends in themselves.

    2. Z - you reminded me of a joke.

      Four men were bragging about how smart their dogs are. The first man was an Engineer, the second man was an Accountant, the third man was a Chemist, and the fourth man was a Government Worker.
      To show off, the Engineer called to his dog. "T-Square, do your stuff." T-Square trotted over to a desk, took out some paper and a pen, and promptly drew a circle, a square, and a triangle. Everyone agreed that was pretty smart.

      But the Accountant said his dog could do better. He called his dog and said, "Slide Rule, do your stuff." Slide Rule went out into the kitchen and returned with a dozen cookies. He divided them into 4 equal piles of 3 cookies each. Everyone agreed that was good.

      But the Chemist said his dog could do better. He called his dog and said, "Measure, do your stuff." Measure got up, walked over to the fridge, took out a quart of milk, got a 10 ounce glass from the cupboard and poured exactly 8 ounces without spilling a drop. Everyone agreed that was good.

      The Government Worker called to his dog and said, "Coffee Break, do your stuff." Coffee Break jumped to his feet, ate the cookies, drank the milk, shit on the paper, sexually assaulted the other three dogs, claimed he injured his back while doing so, filed a grievance report for unsafe working conditions, put in for Worker's Compensation, and went home on sick leave.

  9. I learned very early on in my working life that the number 1 rule is that the boss is always right. Eff these people.

  10. Years ago I bought the "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister" DVDs. This show deals with the infighting between the permanent bureaucracy and the elected politicians.

    Most of these excellent programs are available on YouTube if anyone wants to check their accuracy!

    Even though the show is about Britain, and about a parliamentary system, it is still spot-on and deadly accurate, as well as being funny!

    The same principles apply to our Republic. The State Department honchos see themselves as the rightful rulers of their domain, and see elected or appointed officials as being mere may-flies who'll soon be gone. Their perks and benefits are of tremendous importance to them, their duties not so much!

    1. “Under consideration” means we’ve lost the file.

      “Under active consideration” means we’re trying to find it.

    2. "Yes, Minister/Prime Minister" was not just the best British comedy show ever, I think it was the best English language comedy show ever.

    3. It should be mandatory viewing for all civil servants, and I say that as a civil servant.

  11. The state dept is close to swamp ground zero. It is still crawling with communists and heavily overstaffed and bloated. Trump should send everyone home then rehire at maybe 20% and hire patriots not credentialed entitled sniveling lefties.