A Message From Lucianne

The sheer size of our government workforce is alarming — and we can´t afford it

Original Article

Posted By: MissMolly, 4/15/2019 5:23:44 AM

After eight years of reckless expansion of the federal workforce under Barack Obama, Donald Trump vowed to downsize the wildly growing bureaucracy of Washington. In 2016, he promised to “cut so much your head will spin.” However, during the first two years of his presidency, there has been no significant effort to reduce the bloated federal payrolls. In fact, the federal government is the largest employer in the nation. Walmart, which has a presence in communities of all shapes and sizes, is the largest private employer in the nation with 1.5 million workers. Yet the number of Americans who rely

Post Reply

Reply 1 - Posted by: watashiyo 4/15/2019 6:03:22 AM (No. 34500)
For starters, eliminate and privatize U.S. Post Office.
Quit and remove United Nations from N.Y. and stop government Student Loans and Grant Entitlements.
32 people like this.

Reply 2 - Posted by: GO3 4/15/2019 6:14:17 AM (No. 34509)
For starters, slash the funding for the bloated, rudderless, and sometimes criminal intel agencies.
29 people like this.

Reply 3 - Posted by: chumley 4/15/2019 6:27:39 AM (No. 34527)
If they didn´t have their grubby little fingers in so much of our lives, they wouldn´t need so many employees.
One little trick they are pulling right now is to bloat the employee rolls in anticipation of downsizing, so after its all over they are right back to where they were.
25 people like this.

Reply 4 - Posted by: M2 4/15/2019 6:53:45 AM (No. 34512)
As I understand it, Trump is consolidating more than he is cutting.
13 people like this.

Reply 5 - Posted by: Pearson365 4/15/2019 7:07:23 AM (No. 34511)
Reagan campaigned on reducing the size of the federal workforce yet there were more federal civilian workers when he left office than when he entered. Most campaign promises are just that, promises. “Lock her up” and “I will reduce the national debt” (he’s already. added $2+ trillion) are two promises that Trump has no intention of honoring. They are all politicians. Our role is to pick the ones who do the least damage to our country and to us, and here Trump has succeeded.

As to reducing cost of federal civilian workers, Trump could issue an executive order that ends JFK’s 1962 executive order allowing civil servants to unionize. This could lessen the generous defined benefit pension plans and the far greater than private sector salaries of these civil servants while making staffing more flexible. If JFK can issue an executive order, DJT can do the same.

23 people like this.

Reply 6 - Posted by: Paperpuncher 4/15/2019 7:19:48 AM (No. 34522)
I was sincerely hoping on the last shut down that Trump would just lay everyone off and keep it shut down. Just what does "Nonessential Employee" or "Nonessential Services" stand for???

If it is nonessential then we don´t need it and it should be eliminated. PERIOD!!
27 people like this.

Reply 7 - Posted by: Bur Oak 4/15/2019 7:49:21 AM (No. 34504)
Get rid of the Departments of Education and Energy, cut the pay of all the rest and disperse many of the offices out to flyover country.
27 people like this.

Reply 8 - Posted by: Safari Man 4/15/2019 8:10:42 AM (No. 34525)
FTA: “Many of the individuals serving our nation are high quality workers who provide necessary and worthwhile services”

Who? Name three.
17 people like this.

Reply 9 - Posted by: Burninfilm 4/15/2019 8:10:45 AM (No. 34508)
Government is too big, too expensive and has too much influence in our daily lives. A 25% reduction in size and overreach would be a good starting point. We could selectively trim from there.
19 people like this.

Reply 10 - Posted by: curious1 4/15/2019 8:13:15 AM (No. 34515)
In order to downsize he has to rely on employees like the recently dismissed dhs people and the ses traitors, etc., to carry out his directions. So it´s gonna be slow until he can rif those deep staters that infeet all the fedgov.
17 people like this.

Reply 11 - Posted by: dman 4/15/2019 8:31:45 AM (No. 34521)
Consolidation: that´s the key.

Government cannot be downsized without shutting down entire departments and agencies, and folding back redundant responsibilities into other streamlined agencies.

DHS, HHS, HUD, EPA, OSHA, Energy, and Education are good places to start. Reining in Commerce would also help. Let the pink slips roll. Fire any government employees who engage in strikes, sick outs, or other slowdowns (like Reagan did with PATCO). De-certify government employee unions. "Break some eggs."

Just .. do .. it.
17 people like this.

Reply 12 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 4/15/2019 8:41:53 AM (No. 34514)
I did IT Project Management at the Postal Service. Oh my! Guys would walk around all day and do nothing. I mean, nothing! They told me they can´t fire them because it takes 5 years and isn´t worth the effort because of the Union! They have Union employees in IT and I was considered Mgmt. so was part of the non-union. I literally could not tell anyone what to do. All I could do was suggest. Finished a project that had been languishing for 5 years and millions of dollars and got out of there! Wow! Worse place I have ever worked!
19 people like this.

Reply 13 - Posted by: Safari Man 4/15/2019 8:48:58 AM (No. 34519)
Let’s transfer 25% of the employees to ICE and the boarder patrol, where they are needed. If the don’t like it, attrition will help.
19 people like this.

Reply 14 - Posted by: anniebc 4/15/2019 8:49:32 AM (No. 34526)
USIS and USAID would be easy starts. USAID gives away too much of our money.

Everything except the military should be on the chop list. Let´s not forget about Congress. They don´t need to be in Washington all the time; they do too much as it is. Cut their salaries to match a quarterly coming together for 2-3 days per, and force them to remain in their communities and get real jobs. They can vote electronically. All this would cut down on travel, living expenses, security, staffing, building costs, etc. and all the other stuff we pay for them to make life miserable.

The White House should have a cut government website to get ideas from us on what and where to cut. I bet they´d get a lot of similar ideas. Seems something like this was done at the beginning of PDT´s term.
12 people like this.

Reply 15 - Posted by: chumley 4/15/2019 8:49:39 AM (No. 34501)
#12 is right on the money, multiplied by every single agency in the federal government. Once someone has been there for a year, the only way to get rid of them is if they commit a felony on station and on work time. If they get a lawyer even that wont happen.
They may be telling the president they are downsizing, but they are not. They are playing accounting games and actually quietly expanding.
12 people like this.

Reply 16 - Posted by: Strike3 4/15/2019 9:06:28 AM (No. 34502)
In private industry, when the order for downsizing is given, the top people do not do it, they order the lower level managers to release their least productive employee. Then the management team is weeded out. In the zeal for cutting, it must be done wisely to avoid slowing down production but there are always useless employees to eject.

I once ran an IT contracting firm that was housed in the same building as an office of the Dept. of Agriculture. We arrived at work early and left late. Those people started at nine and stood on the porch smoking cigarettes all day. They were finally tasked with combining with another AG office in a nearby town and half of them retired on huge pensions rather than commute a few miles. I found out later that their main projects involved inspecting farm ponds. This type of needless exercise goes on all over the country. Yes, the Post Office is a big joke. Stamp price increase coming up and they will still never run out of the red.
13 people like this.

Reply 17 - Posted by: Sorosisbehindit 4/15/2019 9:07:11 AM (No. 34513)
We could save lots of money by minimizing the FBI and shutting down the CIA.
Leave the FBI with a skeleton crew of ex-Marines for really important nationwide events, and let the states handle everything else.
The best of the agents would be hired by states and the worst would be unemployed.
11 people like this.

Reply 18 - Posted by: Clinger 4/15/2019 9:14:23 AM (No. 34517)
Every American should know how many people are pulling the wagon, how many people they are carrying in the wagon and how many people represent the wagon facilitating the process of defining who pulls who rides and how they ride. This is fundamental and every decision made on what we should be asking our government to do should be done so in this context. But it never is.

Imagine a small tribal society that decides that they will be better off with specialists guarding the hunting parties and home front keeping an eye out for threats so hunters don’t have to and can focus on the hunt. Then they decide that they can grow more food and all be better off if a few people stop farming or hunting and dig irrigation trenches so that those farming can actually produce more. A handful of aged tribal elders who themselves are no longer great hunters or farmers could decide who the protectors and diggers are and who leads those groups.

It’s easy to see how as a society a level of collective cooperation could benefit the group. I hope it would also be abundantly evident in a simple example how disaster could result if the wrong proportions of who does what was chosen. If our “leaders” and would be leaders were serious tribal elders they would be presenting their case in context not just spouting that a given cause is worthy in a vacuum without context. We are constantly asking the makers to make more as their ranks are thinned by an ever bloating government while we reward takers and invite takers in droves.

Someday we will wake up and realize nobody is left to pull the wagon.
12 people like this.

Reply 19 - Posted by: harleynyc 4/15/2019 9:28:05 AM (No. 34499)
Not just the size, but also the budget. Every year each department gets unneeded increases in the budget, and to make sure they keep getting the cash they waste and replace many items needlessly. They also give underserved bonuses.
12 people like this.

Reply 20 - Posted by: Rather Read 4/15/2019 9:37:45 AM (No. 34520)
I went to a university before the Department of Education was established. We had the president, the vice-president, deans of the college divisions, librarian, coaches and secretaries. That´s about it. I have worked at the same university since the Department of Education and there are a LOT more people, most of whom are there to satisfy Department of Education demands, especially concerning diversity.
13 people like this.

Reply 21 - Posted by: MDConservative 4/15/2019 10:30:20 AM (No. 34505)
Tell your Congressman that there are too many government agencies and too many Federal workers, contractors, suppliers and assorted camp followers. (S)He´ll agree.

Now, tell him to cut the agencies that employ constituents, rents space, employs contractors and assorted local camp followers. (S)He´ll talk about the essential work they do.

Lots of people want to "fire" the Federal workforce. Start by telling your neighbor whose earnings depend on those agencies that they´re fired, or need to seek new clients and customers. Go ahead. Let me know how that conversation turns out.
9 people like this.

Reply 22 - Posted by: jacksin5 4/15/2019 12:14:10 PM (No. 34503)
Most of the Government agencies earlier posters have pointed out, have mirror agencies run by the States.

Dissolve the Federal Agencies, and let the States do their own thing.

As the Constitution clearly states, and I paraphrase, If it´s not in the Constitution, it´s to be left to the States.
8 people like this.

Reply 23 - Posted by: Starboard_side 4/15/2019 12:14:26 PM (No. 34507)
Believe one idea to win would be to campaign on improving the efficiency of government programs, reducing redundancy and increasing productivity.

The outcome would be better government, and less spending overall.

But, now you see why Democrats campaign for more government, it translates into more government workers who will vote for them, and will funnel campaign dollars to them.

And, ask someone like Warren Buffett if he´d simply allow people in his organization, or any of the businesses it owns, if they can just hire and expand without any justification of the need.

8 people like this.

Reply 24 - Posted by: DVC 4/15/2019 12:21:04 PM (No. 34523)
Extremely obvious. But I doubt it will change much.

We need to make a 2% reduction in employees in each cabinet department every year for the next 10 years, as a START. Then we need to get serious about the cuts.
8 people like this.

Reply 25 - Posted by: DVC 4/15/2019 12:21:37 PM (No. 34518)
#1, that was done a long time ago.
8 people like this.

Reply 26 - Posted by: VirtuDawg 4/15/2019 1:19:10 PM (No. 34528)
As a former (now retired) program manager in a major U.S. aerospace corporation, I can´t begin to relate the sheer number of incompetent USG employees that I had to work with over the years.

Incompetent and arrogant for the most part ("we´re the customer, you´re the ´dirtbag´ contractor"), making poor decisions that ended up costing millions of dollars in overruns and years in slipped schedules.

Because of Civil Service rules, it was nearly impossible to terminate them, so many were tolerated in the their jobs, promoted out of jobs, or transferred to other jobs, where they continued to wreak havoc on major defense programs.
7 people like this.

Reply 27 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 4/15/2019 2:26:14 PM (No. 34516)
The US debt is 22 trillion, and climbing. We cannot afford this. We either resolve this or it will be resolved for us in a much more painful way.
7 people like this.

Reply 28 - Posted by: MickTurn 4/15/2019 5:53:57 PM (No. 34510)
A Civil Servant´s first job is to NOT work. Second job is to ´act like they are working´

How can you tell when a Civil Servant is deceased? Wave a pay check in front of them and they don´t flinch!
9 people like this.

Reply 29 - Posted by: TXknitter 4/15/2019 7:41:25 PM (No. 34506)
You are on to something, #13. Its called public “service, right? Then they should be willing to train for other areas of government where they are needed.
10 people like this.

Reply 30 - Posted by: anniebc 4/15/2019 7:41:46 PM (No. 34524)
Not "ex-Marines," poster 17!! Unless they´re leftists, there´s no such thing as an ex-Marine. If they consider themselves ex-Marine, we don´t want them in any capacity. Thank you for capitalizing Marine, though.
9 people like this.

Below, you will find ...
Most Recent Articles posted by "MissMolly"
Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)
Most Recent Articles posted by MissMolly"
Republicans seek release of
secret Papadopoulos transcripts
5 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/22/2019 4:28:50 AM
Former Rep. Trey Gowdy stunned House investigators recently by all but announcing the existence of secret FBI recordings of Trump campaign foreign policy volunteer adviser George Papadopoulos, made in the summer of 2016 by an undercover FBI operation. Gowdy made the revelation in an interview Sunday with Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo. "There are a lot of serious questions that need to be asked" during Attorney General William Barr's investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, Gowdy said. Among them: "Where are the transcripts, if any exist, between the informants and the telephone calls to George Papadopoulos?"
What the Bloody Hell Just
Happened in Australia?
17 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/22/2019 4:23:22 AM
The polls were wrong. The pundits were wrong. The party insiders were wrong. The bookies were wrong. I was wrong. Even Burt the psychic croc was wrong. Australia’s dysfunctional, unpopular, conservative government (the Liberal and National parties, currently in coalition, sit on the right in Australian politics) held onto power for a third term in Saturday’s national election. This happened despite the fact that most analysts expected it to lose a large number of seats; despite being (seemingly) out of step with the nation’s emerging consensus on climate change, marriage equality, religion, and race; despite a chaotic tenure in office that has seen three leaders since 2016; despite a threadbare
Democracy isn't dying. Liberalism is. 8 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/22/2019 4:19:22 AM
Three years after the twin shocks of President Trump's triumph in the Republican primaries and the narrow win for "Leave" in the Brexit referendum, the evidence has never been stronger that the world has entered an era of anti-liberalism. Later this week, voters across Europe go to the polls to vote in EU parliamentary elections that could deliver a quarter or more of the seats to the continent's right-wing populists and nationalists. Meanwhile, exit polls in India suggest that Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party will win re-election when results are announced on May 23. This follows the surprise victory in Australia of Scott Morrison's conservative coalition,
Rotting Trash Piles Sky-High in LA,
Attracting Rats and Raising Concerns of a New Epidemic
9 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/22/2019 4:04:38 AM
Rat-infested piles of rotting garbage left uncollected by the city of Los Angeles, even after promises to clean it up, are fueling concerns about a new epidemic after last year's record number of flea-borne typhus cases. Even the city's most notorious trash pile, located between downtown LA's busy Fashion and Produce districts, continues to be a magnet for rats after it was cleaned up months ago. The rodents can carry typhus-infected fleas, which can spread the disease to humans through bacteria rubbed into the eyes or cuts and scrapes on the skin, resulting in severe flu-like symptoms.
Jerry Nadler’s cynical, cowardly show 19 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/22/2019 3:57:46 AM
Jerry Nadler was at it again Tuesday, waxing indignant about former White House counsel Don McGahn’s refusal to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. It’s all a show, meant to keep old news in the headlines, and to appease the large “Impeach Now!” wing of the Democratic Party without actually doing anything. Everyone on Judiciary knows perfectly well that Congress can’t compel testimony from top presidential advisers except in the most extraordinary circumstances: The chief executive’s right to frank, confidential discussions with his staff is well-established. So Nadler’s bluster about how he’ll “go to court to secure” McGahn’s appearance is just noise for the cameras. Then again, that’s all
Democrats are running out of stunts
to pull from impeachment playbook
6 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/21/2019 4:29:50 AM
Democratic leaders in Congress proved the perils of “jumping the shark” this month. The phrase comes from the 1977 episode of the television comedy “Happy Days” in which one of its leading characters, the “Fonz,” jumped over a shark in a water skiing stunt in swim trunks along with his signature leather jacket. That moment was viewed as a desperate ratings stunt by a dying television series struggling to keep viewers engaged. Today, the phrase has come to define similar instances of desperation. With the many overhyped political moments of the last two years, it is not clear when the partisan shark jump occurred. Soon after the appointment of special counsel
Cohen Pushes Pelosi to Impeach Trump
Because He’s ‘Raping the Country’
12 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/21/2019 4:05:15 AM
Rep. Steve Cohen (D., Tenn.) on Monday called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, accusing him of "raping the country." Cohen stood up and yelled for Trump to be impeached during a Democratic Steering and Policy Committee meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), prompting Pelosi to push back saying, "This is not about politics, it's about what's best for the American people," according to Politico. Cohen, who voted to move impeachment proceedings forward in December 2017, also brought up former President Bill Clinton's impeachment proceedings during the committee hearing, saying he faced impeachment "over sex."
Alabama Public Television refuses to air
Arthur episode with gay wedding
14 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/21/2019 4:01:44 AM
Alabama Public Television chose not to air PBS’s Arthur episode that included a same-sex marriage. In the episode, which aired nationwide May 13, Arthur and his friends attend their beloved teacher Mr. Ratburn’s nuptials to his partner. APT preempted the episode by showing a re-run of Arthur. Mike Mckenzie, director of programming at APT, said APT was notified by WGBH and PBS in mid-April about the episode entitled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” and decided to show a re-run. Mckenzie said APT has no plans to air the episode at a later date.
How About Some “Adversity Points”
For Hardworking Kids
Of Hardworking Parents?
17 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/20/2019 4:26:23 AM
The latest tactic for the elite to shaft Normal Americans is the obnoxious “adversity score” that the academifascists who run the SATs plan to introduce as a way to give a fig leaf of objectivity and fairness to their screwing over of your kids in favor of the kids of people they prefer. Do you think there is any chance, and chance at all, that these secret numbers based upon secret factors and kept secret from you will make it more likely for your children to get into one of the elite schools? Yeah, right. If only someone had predicted this kind of social credit nightmare…
Why is Al Sharpton, inciter of
Crown Heights, speaking at a
Jewish conference in Washington?
9 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/20/2019 4:15:08 AM
The disgraceful decision by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to have Al Sharpton speak this morning at a plenary session of its conference in Washington, D.C., (titled “Consultation on Conscience”) sends a very dangerous and intolerable message to the anti-Semites among us. Anti-Semitism is on the rise, not just in the form of shouts or graffiti but also the murder of Jews. It is thus incomprehensible how the Religious Action Center could have ever made this decision. The advertising material promoting this event describes Sharpton as “founder and President of the National Action Network …
From Beto to Zero in Six Months 12 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/20/2019 4:11:23 AM
So how did Beto O’Rourke go from being the golden boy of the media to a goat in just six months? The media is dunking on him more often than Dr. J or Michael J. in their prime. Margaret Carlson wrote of O’Rourke: According to my unscientific poll asking every woman I see, Beto reminds them of the worst boyfriend they ever had: self-involved, convinced of his own charm, chronically late if he shows up at all, worth a meal or two but definitely not marriage material. When he should be home with the kids or taking out the trash, he’s jamming with his garage band or skateboarding at Whataburger.
Billionaire vows to pay grads’ student
loans in commencement speech
21 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/20/2019 3:48:08 AM
Now that’s a motivational speech they can really take to the bank. Billionaire tech investor Robert F. Smith stunned college graduates on Sunday as he gave their commencement speech — offering to pay their student debts despite it costing an estimated $40 million. “On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus,” Smith told the 400 graduating seniors at the all-male Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Most Active Articles (last 48 hours)
Ocasio-Cortez says growing cauliflower
in community gardens is 'colonial'
51 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 5/21/2019 11:36:22 AM
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday that growing cauliflower in community gardens is part of the “colonial” attitudes that her Green New Deal will stamp out. The New York Democrat, who introduced the proposal to tackle climate change by radically transforming the economy, posted a series of Instagram videos filmed in her home state talking about community gardens as a “core component” of her proposal. “What I love too is growing plants that are culturally familiar to the community. It’s so important,” she said as she filmed a community garden in the Bronx. “So that’s really how you do it right.
Nevada passes National Popular Vote
bill in bid to upend Electoral College
27 replies
Posted by Harlowe 5/22/2019 12:39:48 AM
The Nevada Senate approved Tuesday a National Popular Vote bill on a party-line vote, sending the legislation aimed at upending the Electoral College to the governor. Assembly Bill 186, which passed the Senate on a 12-8 vote, would bring Nevada into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement between participating states to cast their electoral votes for the winner of the popular vote. If signed as expected by Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, Nevada would become the 16th jurisdiction to join the compact, along with 14 states and the District of Columbia.
Four in 10 Americans Embrace
Some Form of Socialism
27 replies
Posted by M2 5/21/2019 5:38:25 AM
Americans today are more closely divided than they were earlier in the last century when asked whether some form of socialism would be a good or bad thing for the country. While 51% of U.S. adults say socialism would be a bad thing for the country, 43% believe it would be a good thing. Those results contrast with a 1942 Roper/Fortune survey that found 40% describing socialism as a bad thing, 25% a good thing and 34% not having an opinion. The Roper/Fortune survey is one of the oldest trend questions measuring attitudes on socialism in the U.S. Gallup's update of the question in an April 17-30 survey finds
AOC, Warren disappointed by
'Game of Thrones' finale:
'Ugh, this was written by men'
25 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 5/21/2019 10:25:30 PM
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., joined the legion of “Game of Thrones” fans disappointed by the show’s finale. “I’m sad,” said Ocasio-Cortez in a video of the two legislators posted to Warren’s Twitter account Tuesday. “Disappointed about it.” “I was just really… meh,” said Warren. The pair bemoaned the arcs of the female characters who seemed prime to rule at the end of the series. Instead, one “went crazy” and the other settled for ruling only part of the continent. The lawmakers were not alone in their distaste for the series’ treatment of its female characters
A federal judge’s ‘tell’ in his order
forcing Trump to turn over financial records
to House committee
23 replies
Posted by Magnante 5/21/2019 7:23:40 AM
The political zealotry of the federal judge who ordered ten years’ worth of Donald Trump’s financial records be turned over to the House Oversight and Reform Committee chaired by Elijah Cummings has been revealed with a highly unusual provision of his order. (snip) The remedy for potential political bias in a federal judge’s ruling consists of the appeals process, with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and ultimately the Supreme Court able to reverse such a decision. But Judge Mehta’s order forbids this
What's Mitt Romney's problem? 22 replies
Posted by ladydawgfan 5/21/2019 2:43:23 PM
After taking President Trump's endorsement to get himself elected senator, Mitt Romney has made quite a show of turning on Trump. The last two incidents have been notable: He declared GOP "maverick" congressman Justin Amash "courageous" for joining the Democrats and calling for the impeachment of President Trump in the House. He also made this ad hominem attack on Trump over the weekend, playing Puritan for us: On Sunday, Romney was back at it, attacking the president's character. "I think he could substantially improve his game when it comes to helping shape the character of the country," Romney said on CNN.
New Gallup Poll finds Americans liking
the idea of socialism more
21 replies
Posted by SurferLad 5/21/2019 5:20:30 PM
Here’s a revealing — and disturbing — new poll that bears on the current gang fight among leftists for the soul of the Democratic Party and its 2020 presidential nomination. See Also: ESPN chief: You’ll never guess what our viewers want to hear nothing about Almost half of Americans in a new Gallup Poll believe that socialism would be a good thing for the United States to have. Almost half (43 percent). A good thing. Democrats like Bernie Sanders driving that party to the left may be on to something for a winning theme in next year’s vote. Today, a bare majority (51 percent) says socialism would
“Something Strange Going On” At Fox News,
And Not For the Good of America
21 replies
Posted by Cavallodifiero 5/21/2019 1:59:04 PM
There’s no longer any way to avoid it: “Something strange is going on at Fox News.” “Something strange is going on at Fox News. Something very strange,” President Donald Trump told a throng of thousands at his Pennsylvania rally last night. “The audience showed their agreement by booing Fox News.” (The Blaze, May 21, 2019) According to the Blaze "President Donald Trump
Jerry Nadler’s cynical, cowardly show 19 replies
Posted by MissMolly 5/22/2019 3:57:46 AM
Jerry Nadler was at it again Tuesday, waxing indignant about former White House counsel Don McGahn’s refusal to testify before the House Judiciary Committee. It’s all a show, meant to keep old news in the headlines, and to appease the large “Impeach Now!” wing of the Democratic Party without actually doing anything. Everyone on Judiciary knows perfectly well that Congress can’t compel testimony from top presidential advisers except in the most extraordinary circumstances: The chief executive’s right to frank, confidential discussions with his staff is well-established. So Nadler’s bluster about how he’ll “go to court to secure” McGahn’s appearance is just noise for the cameras. Then again, that’s all
House Judiciary Chairman Nadler: Trump
is making it 'more difficult' not to consider
19 replies
Posted by Hazymac 5/21/2019 11:38:19 AM
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, accused the White House of "intimidating" former White House Counselor Don McGahn from testifying on Capitol Hill and said it was becoming "more and more difficult" to not consider President Trump's impeachment on Monday night. Nadler told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo that his committee will hold McGahn "in contempt" for not complying with the subpoena and will take the battle to court. "You are dealing with a lawless president who is willing to go to any lengths to prevent testimony that might implicate him, that does implicate him," Nadler said. Nadler expressed that Trump's "lawless behavior"
Self-driving trucks begin mail
delivery test for U.S. Postal Service
19 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 5/21/2019 10:30:55 AM
The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday started a two-week test transporting mail across three Southwestern states using self-driving trucks, a step forward in the effort to commercialize autonomous vehicle technology for hauling freight. San Diego-based startup TuSimple said its self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities in Phoenix and Dallas to see how the nascent technology might improve delivery times and costs. A safety driver will sit behind the wheel to intervene if necessary and an engineer will ride in the passenger seat. If successful, it would mark an achievement for the autonomous driving industry and a possible
Democrats Embrace Socialism:Are We
Headed Towards 'Atlas Shrugged'?
18 replies
Posted by Hazymac 5/21/2019 8:45:28 AM
There's a recurring theme in American science fiction where the country loses its way, endures some horrible but cleansing disaster, and then rediscovers the blessings of liberty. You'll find it in Robert Heinlein's "Future History" stories, where the Crazy Years -- a period of rapid technological advances, decaying social norms, and mass psychosis -- leads to the backlash of a religious dictatorship. The Prophets regime is eventually toppled by a liberty-loving group dedicated to individual rights. The theme is even more pronounced in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, where a socialist regime puts the country into another Great Depression, only worse. The country's capitalists
Post New Article