I can’t repeat this enough. Unions representing public service employees should be eliminated.
Unions pay into campaign funds of politicians who in turn bargain with the same unions on benefits and pay for public employees funded by the taxpayer.
Private companies held captive by unions make decisions based on company finances, politicians and unions bargain with taxpayer money with no regard for cost as long as the quid pro quo continues.
Then you get this shit;
The National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 280 sent an invitation to the rally on the EPA email system during work hours, encouraging employees to rally for “respect.”
“Please join NTEU members from across the country as we rally at the U.S. Capitol for fair pay, a secure retirement, and respect,” the email, which was sent Wednesday, states.
“We really need you to come for this,” the union said. “Now, more than ever it’s important that EPA employees stand together.”
The rally comes at a time when government bureaucrats, including career employees for the EPA, are vowing to resist the new Trump administration.
In an unprecedented effort, EPA employees called their senators last week pressing them to vote against Scott Pruitt as the new EPA administrator. The New York Times called it “a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent times ahead for the EPA.” Pruitt was confirmed by a vote of 52-46. here…
And this is what the taxpayer gets for our hard earned money.
Back in the late 70’s early 80’s I recall vividly that I was concerned about polar bears, I don’t know why, it must have been something I heard or read during my youth. I checked the google machine and found little to no information or articles from that far back on the subject. Wiki has a polar bear information page and there are a few other mentions about populations but nothing I could find to acknowledge my worries at that time.
I started raising my family about that same time so my concerns about arctic wildlife ended rather abruptly, but from time to time I thought about the bears. The point being is I was influenced as a young man or child that the polar bear was endangered, no facts, no figures, it just was….and I believed it.
It’s 2017 and there is a large population of adults, teenagers, and children that have their own worries. No facts, no figures, it’s just the way it is….and they believe it. Leftist propaganda running rampant from elementary school to college have this generation worried, worried about the LGTB community, open borders, global warming, racism, ect. all through the skewed lens of a liberal education, not to mention Hollywood and the main stream media.
It took decades for the old hippies to indoctrinate all these people but they were very successful, academia has been consumed by liberals. It’s gonna take a generation to reverse the propaganda that the new students are having shoved down their throats as we speak. The snowflakes of this generation are the byproduct of their liberal education and they don’t even know it. If there was a physical scar for a liberal lobotomy there would be a bunch of scary people walking around. But instead of a scar there’s just a bunch of mentally altered snowflakes walking around that think they know everything because their angry lesbian feminist college professor gave them a participation trophy diploma and boom….your kids Rachel Maddow.
One republican administration isn’t going to change fifty years of indoctrination, nor will it stop the millions of Maddows currently wrapping their progressive tentacles around your kids and grand kids. One thing I do know, if we don’t reverse this liberal subversion quickly, whether or not the polar bears are in danger somebodies gonna be breaking windows, blocking traffic, and protesting for the rights of the polar bear.
And make no mistake, the left has declared war on conservatives.
With all of the bullshit the left is throwing out there, companies who are liberally biased or scared to offend the moonbats are taking a stand with one side or the other. Nordstroms decision to drop Ivanka’s clothing line is as transparently political as the 9th Circus court ruling against the travel ban. With all of these companies liberally lobotomized by decades of progressive indoctrination there is only one way to deal with the shenanigans. Don’t do business with them.
Kelloggs, who came out against conservatives and their values, is shuttering 39 distribution centers and laying off 1,100 people. It’s a bummer for their employees who are getting the axe, but the people in charge should have worried more about their employees than their political ideology. It my be sheik and hip to come out against Trump and conservatives but it also has consequences.
Liberals are ecstatic that Nordstoms has dropped the daughter of the Presidents wares, but with every action there is a reaction. The Under Armour CEO has come out backing Trump, Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors is considering dropping them as sponsors. Well, I used to enjoy watching Curry play basketball, I didn’t care that he was a big fan of Obama, I do care that he is making a political stance. Bye bye watching Golden State games, hello Under Armour, I will be purchasing my sports gear from you now…exclusively.
It’s very simple, you don’t have to riot and break windows, they are replaceable. But when share holders and board members see their profits tank because one of their lefty administrators decides to go all social justice warrior with their brand, they may think long and hard before they mix business with politics.
All of you listed below used your acceptance speech to rant about federal immigration policy, please keep your opinions to yourselves you’re in over your skis.
Ashton Kutcher, Taraji P. Henson — Best movie (Hidden Figures), David Harbour — Best drama series (Stranger Things), Taylor Schilling — Best comedy series (Orange is the New Black), Emma Stone — Best actress (La La Land), Sarah Paulson — Best actress in a television movie or miniseries (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story), Julia Louis-Dreyfus — Best actress in a comedy series (Veep), William H. Macy — Best actor in a comedy series (Shameless), Mahershala Ali — Best supporting film actor (Moonlight), Bryan Cranston — Best actor in a television movie (All the Way), Lilly Tomlin — Lifetime achievement award
I don’t know who half of you are and I didn’t watch your award ceremony because I don’t watch award shows, but ya managed to piss me off anyway.
I have no time for self absorbed celebrities aggrandizing themselves and their fellow “actors/actresses”. You make a butt load of money acting and I applaud you for your craft, getting paid for memorizing lines, and acting like somebody you’re not. I do not applaud you for politics, keep it to yourselves, nobody cares. The people who do watch you are digitally lobotomized zombies who have nothing better to do than watch you be fake Bob or Karen. Embrace your constituents, leave the rest of us alone, were tired of your shit.
Most people can see through the veiled outrage but you’re actors, you know how to fake outrage. Put your money where your mouth is, take a few of your millions and build a shelter, invite a family of Syrians into your home, a few thousand into your neighborhood, I’m sure your community in all it’s high and mightiness would be thrilled with a refugee camp in your favorite park or golf course. This will give you a wonderful opportunity to find out what your wealthy neighbors, family, and local city of commerce think about your new found humanitarian efforts.
What’s that? You and your ilk don’t want refugees in your communities? Well neither do we you pompous ass hats, so shove your feigned outrage up your collective asses and let the adults do what they have to do, they have a country to secure while you get to go do playtime with your fellow actors and have the luxury of getting paid for it.
Until you have a few teenage male Somalians sleeping in the room down the hall, or a few thousand down the road, shut your fucking mouths on national TV preening about whatever perceived injustices have accosted your high minded morality, ’cause it’s all just an act and apparently somebody thought you deserved a shiny award for it. Assholes.
The media is acting like this will cripple the State Department, not so fast asshats, this is a wonderful thing. A new broom sweeps clean.
Demonstrating just how ideologically alligned with the Obama administration was the entire US State Department, moments ago the WaPo reported that “the entire senior level of management officials resigned Wednesday, part of an ongoing mass exodus of senior foreign service officers who don’t want to stick around for the Trump era.”
The mass resignation took place as Rex Tillerson was inside the State Department’s headquarters in Foggy Bottom on Wednesday, taking meetings and getting the lay of the land.
According to WaPo’s Josh Rogin who suddenly has no more senior level sources left at State:
“I reported Wednesday morning that the Trump team was narrowing its search for his No. 2, and that it was looking to replace the State Department’s long-serving undersecretary for management, Patrick Kennedy. Kennedy, who has been in that job for nine years, was actively involved in the transition and was angling to keep that job under Tillerson, three State Department officials told me.”
Then suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, Kennedy and three of his top officials resigned unexpectedly, four State Department officials confirmed. Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Ambassador Gentry O. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Missions, followed him out the door. All are career foreign service officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.
Additionally, “Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr retired Jan. 20, and the director of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, Lydia Muniz, departed the same day. That amounts to a near-complete housecleaning of all the senior officials that deal with managing the State Department, its overseas posts and its people.”
Meet Patrick Kennedy who is as complicit in scandal as Hillary, he should be in jail, no pension, no benefits.
From the Benghazi cover up to a clumsy attempt to trade favors with the FBI, a long string of State Department scandals dating all the way back to 1998 has one central figure in common: Patrick Kennedy.
The undersecretary of state for management, Kennedy, has been directly involved, if not at the very center, of the many biggest scandals of Hillary Clinton’s State Department.
His determination to master the minutiae of the U.S. mission to Libya’s operations extended to security. He made the fateful decision that reduced professional American security personnel assigned to Tripoli from 34 to 6, with tragic consequences for Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glenn Doherty and Ty Woods.
Kennedy has been involved in fatal security decisions in the past. In 1998, he was acting assistant secretary for diplomatic security when the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi was bombed. Ten Americans, and hundreds of Kenyans lost their lives. Prior to the bombing, U.S. Ambassador Prudence Bushnell sent numerous requests for security upgrades, which were denied. Nevertheless, Kennedy was exonerated from blame for both the Nairobi and Benghazi security failures because “he did not know enough about security.”
Documents published Monday morning confirm the account. Notes from an interview with an unnamed FBI official reveal that Kennedy tried to horse-trade with the FBI, offering additional slots for the bureau overseas if they would de-classify a particular email marked ‘SECRET.’ According to the documents, an unnamed individual said he was ‘pressured’ to ‘change the classified email to unclassified.’”
The “quid pro quo” scandal that has recently surfaced is not the beginning of Kennedy’s involvement with Clinton’s email arrangements. In testimony, Kennedy stated that he corresponded with Clinton frequently via her private email address. Despite being responsible for the State Department’s IT security, he never protested Clinton’s arrangement. Instead, he allowed Eric Boswell, the assistant secretary for diplomatic security and State’s top IT professional, to protest its danger. Boswell later became one of the State Department’s Benghazi scapegoats after the death of Stevens and three others.
In 2013, State’s office of the inspector general reported that two years earlier, Kennedy halted further investigation of a credible report that a U.S. ambassador abroad had solicited prostitutes in parks near the U.S. embassy. Kennedy handled that matter as a “management issue” and allowed the ambassador to return to his assignment. Meanwhile, between 2009 and 2011, diplomatic security investigated 13 prostitution-related cases involving lower-ranking officials. State OIG noted that none of these investigations was halted and treated as a “management issue.”
Documents show that Kennedy was aware of the effort to change Huma Abedin’s personnel status from fulltime federal employee to contractor. Despite his reputation for micromanagement and his responsibility for personnel and contracting at State, Kennedy does not appear to have intervened in a decision that allowed Abedin to earn nearly $500,000 a year from four different employers, three of which were not the federal government.
These scandals damaged the reputation of the United States and the State Department. They are evidence that a culture of “double standards” existed in Clinton’s State Department.
As Congress examines the “quid pro quo” scandal, I hope it also considers systemic reform of the State Department as part of the solution. here…
Lindsey Graham went on Face the Nation and blathered on about his intellectual superiority to anything Trump. He was condescending and dismissive of Trumps plans and inauguration speech.
He continues to be clueless about why Trump won and thinks that he and his RINO buddies can just gain the trust of the American people and all will be well. Sorry to break it to you squeaky but you have had since 2010 to gain our trust and all you did was give Obama whatever he wanted.
You and your feckless partners had your chance and you failed miserably. It’s Trumps turn, try and act like a supporter or switch parties, we are having a hard time figuring out whose side you are on.
Graham urged Mr. Trump not to summarily cut foreign aid, saying it’s more effective in combating terrorism than using weapons and warfare.
“You want to destroy radical Islam, Mr. President, you will never do it by taking soft power off the table,” he said. “You cannot kill enough terrorists, you cannot drop enough bombs … building a small schoolhouse for a poor young girl in Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq will do more damage to radical Islam than any bomb you could drop.” here….
Once again, Bush, Obama, and Hillary tried that, with Graham and McCains blessing;
Looking at the botched projects collectively — rather than as one-off headlines — reveals a grim picture of the overall reconstruction effort and a repeated cycle of mistakes.
In just six years, the IG has tallied at least $17 billion in questionable spending. This includes $3.6 billion in outright waste, projects teetering on the brink of waste, or projects that can’t — or won’t — be sustained by the Afghans, as well as an additional $13.5 billion that the average taxpayer might easily judge to be waste. Exhibit A for “You be the judge”: $8.4 billion was spent on counter-narcotics programs that were so ineffective that Afghanistan has produced record levels of heroin — more than it did before the war started.
Often the programs’ ambitions were out of whack with the reality of life in Afghanistan. After the invasion, the US rushed forward with bold plans to create a democratic, fiscally secure, ethical government and society — out of whole cloth. It was the same country-building bravado that had earlier tripped up the US in Iraq when it dismissed the local culture and ignored corruption.
“Pie in the sky” projects, as one USAID worker called them, were routinely launched without any thought to the financial and technological ability of the Afghans to maintain them. It turned out that the Afghans couldn’t afford most of them, so even the best programs could end up becoming waste.
None of the programs were required to prove they had even limited success. Officials tracked dollars spent, not impact. For instance, no one evaluated whether Afghan security forces actually learned to read and write after going through a $200 million literacy program.
Those who signed off on the failed projects appeared to suffer no consequences. As head of SIGAR John Sopko puts it: Reconstruction efforts are “like a child sports game where everyone gets a trophy. Here….
Yep, that “soft power” worked well didn’t it.
Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way Lindsey, Americans are tired of your shit.
It was Einstein or Ben Franklin who said the definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
This came to mind as the Trump cabinet is being put in place. It has nothing to do with the picks but everything to do with the government departments to be led. The latest appointment as Energy Secretary is Rick Perry, the same Rick Perry who sputtered out during a presidential debate that this particular department should be shut down. I whole heartily agree that there are a number of alphabet departments that should be closed but my point is that by appointing a guy to lead a department, that in his estimation should be shuttered, is irony on steroids.
Trumps claim during his campaign was to eliminate waste and drain the swamp that is Washington DC. That’s all well and fine but the proof is in the pudding and right now all I can see is another administration taking it’s turn with the toys. Don’t get me wrong I love the majority of the picks, (jury is still out on Mitch McConnells little dove taking over transportation department), but this all seems like business as usual.
If Trump really wanted to send shock waves through DC he would place these people as clearing house appointments charged with eliminating alphabet agencies and letting states absorb the responsibilities dictating size and scope on their dime. The environmental/energy needs in Florida are different from say North Dakota, thus the states decide on their own issues versus a one size fits all policy, let the states have some skin in the game considering industrial impacts and constituents/business input from the people who actually live there. It’s ridiculous having bureaucrats making crucial decisions from their cubicles in DC on a farmers irrigation pond in west Texas. If you expand that thought, the same thing can be said with the Department of Education, EPA, GSA, Department of Labor, etc…
It’s my hope Trump and his cabinet understand all of this otherwise we are doing the same thing over and over again. Stop the insanity….less is more.