President Trump month 1 was about territory capture. On Trump month 2, in the captured territories, comes the orgy of the Guillotine!
It’s now time to say “you’re fired!”
President Trump has lived his life in the front pages so President Trump understands that Big Media is the enemy of the people. That’s a lesson many of his staff people did not understand fully until the past weeks. We suspect that the delusions are off now for these staffers. Staffers that don’t understand that, or those that want to bad mouth President Trump to Big Media for their own personal advancement, have to be removed.
President Trump as a business man also understands that in business mergers or company takeovers, some staff want to continue infighting instead of accepting the new business structure. President Trump understands that when employees in a business seek to undermine the business they have to be removed. President Trump’s cabinet appointments understand this as well because so many of them come from the world of business.
President Trump also understands that Barack Obama Dimocrats infest the federal bureaucracy and seek to undermine the new administration. These infestations need to be fumigated. As many culprits as possible need to have their heads separated from their shoulders. It’s time to bring out the Guillotine.
How desperately in need of “you’re fired” is the federal government? Look at the Internal Revenue Service:
It’s Nearly Impossible To Get Fired At The IRS For Tax Evasion
More than 99 percent of the thousands of IRS employees investigated for violating federal tax laws in the last five years avoided termination and continued enforcing other Americans’ tax collections, according to an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.
The IRS fired only 74 of 9,176 workers investigated for tax noncompliance from October 2011 to September 2016. Another 280 were allowed to retire or resign as a result of those misconduct investigations, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) Inspector General (IG).
Noncompliance cases — which may involve underreporting income, underpaying taxes or failing to file returns — most commonly resulted in some form of verbal or written reprimand or counseling, according to the 10 semi-annual IG reports analyzed. The IRS employed about 85,000 people at 500 offices across the country in 2016.
That IRS corruption is no surprise because Barack Obama appointed a tax cheat, Tim Geithner, to run the Treasury Department which numbers the IRS as one of its fiefdoms. The lack of prosecution of the corrupt IRS director John Koskinen is another clue. It’s time to fire Koskinen.
The firings required to remove the Obama left-overs will be many. Fortunately President Trump is on the job. There is lots of “you’re fired!” good news.
The Guillotine is wheeled out and ready to slice. The Guillotine has already been tested and tasted blood:
The White House abruptly dismissed a senior National Security Council aide on Friday after receiving reports that he had publicly laced into the president and his senior aides, including son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump, at an event hosted by a Washington think tank.
The aide, Craig Deare, was serving as the NSC’s senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs. Earlier in the week, at a private, off-the-record roundtable hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center for a group of about two dozen scholars, Deare harshly criticized the president and his chief strategist Steve Bannon and railed against the dysfunction paralyzing the Trump White House, according to a source familiar with the situation.
This scumbag, of course working for the NSC which is at war with President Trump leaked a “detailed and embarrassing readout of Trump’s call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.” He had to go. President Trump removed this security threat.
There’s lots of good news on the Guillotine front. We’ll leave the best for last. But there is a lot of good news on the Guillotine front:
The White House budget office has drafted a hit list of programs that President Trump could eliminate to trim domestic spending, including longstanding conservative targets like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Legal Services Corporation, AmeriCorps and the National Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities.
Work on the first Trump administration budget has been delayed as the budget office awaited Senate confirmation of former Representative Mick Mulvaney, a spending hard-liner, as budget director. Now that he is in place, his office is ready to move ahead with a list of nine programs to eliminate, an opening salvo in the Trump administration’s effort to reorder the government and increase spending on defense and infrastructure. [snip]
The Office of Management and Budget is currently operating with a skeleton staff; Mr. Mulvaney was only confirmed on Thursday. Still, officials there plan to ask agencies targeted for elimination for their responses by next Friday and to finalize the list by March 13, according to a person familiar with the process.
Obama Dimocrats will demand money for wasteful programs that are no longer needed other than to continue to pay salaries to their cronies. But it is time to Guillotine waste, fraud, abuse, and the federal workforce that preys on the taxpayer. It’s long past time for Big Bird to leave the government cage and work in the marketplace. If Big Bird cannot feed itself fat with the hundreds of millions (billions?) made at Sesame Street, then let’s roast that fowl and have a big bird Thanksgiving.
The Guillotine does not have to wait until Thanksgiving in November to feast. The Guillotine has begun to drink at the State Department:
While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.
Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed. [snip]
Two sources also told CBS News that Ambassador Kristie Kenney, the Counselor of the State Department and one of the last remaining senior officials, was informed that she will be let go. She is a career foreign service officer who had served as an ambassador under Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton. Her staff was told that Secretary Tillerson does not intend to fill the counselor’s position anytime soon.[snip]
“It is irresponsible to let qualified, nonpartisan, experienced people go before you have any idea of their replacement. You can’t do foreign policy by sitting in the White House, just out of your back pocket,” explains Tom Countryman, Former Assistant Secetary for Non-Proliferation who was let go earlier this month. [snip]
This may be what President Trump was referring to when he repeatedly said that “our people” are not yet in place at U.S. government agencies. He blamed the leaks of embarrassing White House transcripts of his phone calls with foreign leaders – including difficult conversations he had with Mexico and Australia – on officials who had previously worked for the Obama Administration.
Drain that freakin’ swamp! There is no more of a swamp than at foggy bottom, a.k.a. the State Department.
Drain that freakin’ swamp on the seventh floor of the State Department, T-Rex. Drain that freakin’ swamp:
The State Department’s ‘shadow government’
News that a top State Department official discussed a “quid pro quo” in exchange for the FBI changing the classification of a Hillary Clinton email is shocking enough. But word that the coterie of State officials who controlled the release of the emails called itself “The Shadow Government” is mind-blowing.
The latest FBI dump of documents from the investigation into Clinton’s email follies includes a summary of one agent’s talks with Undersecretary Patrick Kennedy — who, the agent said, “pressured” him to “change the classified email to unclassified.”
Kennedy “asked his assistance in altering the email’s classification in exchange for a ‘quid pro quo,’ ” the summary says. “In exchange for marking the email unclassified, State would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they were presently forbidden.” [snip]
The FBI also released the summary of an interview that revealed a cabal at State that oversaw the email release — a “powerful group of very high-ranking STATE officials that some referred to as ‘The 7th Floor Group’ or as ‘The Shadow Government.’
The 7th Floor Group, the Shadow Government swamp is being drained. The Guillotine is lapping up blood and remains thirsty. Candidate Donald J. Trump’s “drain the swamp” promise is underway and will be fulfilled.
Why was T-Rex Tillerson so necessary for the job of Secretary of State? Secretary Tillerson ran the massive Exxon-Mobil corporation so he knows how to run a massive operation like the State Department. You need a T-Rex to drain the swamp. That is what Secretary Tillerson is doing and why he is under attack from within the State Department:
One of Rex Tillerson’s first directives as U.S. secretary of state was an order to senior staff that his briefing materials not exceed two pages.
It was a reflection of Tillerson’s management style honed at the helm of Exxon Mobil, an oil company known for its relentless focus on efficiency, and one reason his closest aides at the State Department refer to him as “the CEO” rather than “the Secretary.” [snip]
His aide R.C. Hammond said the directive reflected Tillerson’s focus on key facts rather than lack of interest in finer points of foreign policy.
“He is asking people to be efficient with their information,” Hammond said, adding that if Tillerson needed more information he would ask for it. “He is a decision-maker and he needs the facts in front of him.” [snip]
Senior State Department officials who have attended meetings with Tillerson say they find him sociable and a man of substance, whose direct manner and probing questions reflect his training as an engineer seeking to solve problems rather than play politics. [snip]
Just two State Department positions of 116 key posts requiring executive branch nomination have been filled, according to the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service – Tillerson’s and that of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. [snip]
“People want to back him,” one veteran senior official said about the former Exxon Mobil boss. “But people are feeling that this building is being stripped,” said the official, referring to a sense that with so many top positions vacant, the State Department is not fully equipped to help make policy in the new administration.
There is also unease over possible deep staff cuts and the future of some departments. Two people said employees in the Bureau of Management and Resources were told to apply for other positions within the State Department. Hammond, Tillerson’s aide said no decision had been taken to close that division.
The swamp is being drained, not merely stripped. It must be understood that the swamp monsters will fight back to protect their swamp. Thus far the “intelligence” bureaucrats and the NSC swamp monsters have leaked and leaked to destroy President Trump. Many across the political spectrum have spoken out against the “coup” led by these swamp monsters. Even some die hard leftists, such as former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, see the danger of the swamp monsters, the 7th Floor, the Shadow Government:
WE CAN’T LET INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES UNDERMINE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY [snip]
Now, some unnamed, rogue, intelligence officials, allegedly fearing leaks, are reportedly withholding secret information from the new president, while their own unsubstantiated leaks promote a narrative that Russia hacked the U.S. election, colluding with Trump aides. [snip]
Intelligence agencies play politics. Given the separation of powers doctrine, they have no legal right to monitor Congressional phone calls, and are to discontinue the monitoring if it accidentally occurs.
Our nation is endangered by never-ending attempts to engineer coups abroad. We also face dangers from within by unquestioned acceptance of stories peddled by some past or present anonymous, “official” US sources. [snip]
I well understand the disappointment of Democrats over the election. But we must not let our disappointment cause us to align with those who would imperil our country by either stirring passions for war or using covert, unconstitutional means to oust a President.
The consequences of the behind-the-scenes machinations of anonymous intelligence officials goes way beyond the personality and policies of one president. This is about our nation. It is about our Constitution and the rule of law.
We are witnessing an attempt by some shadowy intelligence operatives to further divide us, to destabilize America for ideology, money and power. People need to look carefully at every headline and media report to discern the underlying motives, so in our efforts to challenge this administration, we do not fall prey to those who can, with insidious anonymity, destroy our democracy and our freedoms. We must look beyond partisanship.
As we wrote previously, “Such is the state of the Obama Dimocrat Party that even those that once were certifiable kooks now appear rational by comparison.” Kucinich is not alone on the left in warning about the Shadow Government, the 7th Floor, the NSC, the intelligence community coup:
I’m a Democrat (and ex-CIA) but the spies plotting against Trump are out of control [snip]
Said an intelligence officer: “I know what’s best for foreign policy and national security… And I’m going to act on that.”
Some of us might applaud this man, including a few of my fellow Democrats. In their minds, this is a case of Mr. Smith Goes to Langley to do battle against a corrupt President Trump.
One small problem. The intelligence officer quoted above was actually Aldrich Ames, a CIA traitor whose crime of treason in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in the compromise of more than 100 assets. Many were tortured and executed as a result.
Ames’ flawed logic is eerily similar to that of his present-day colleagues who are engaged in a shadow war with their commander in chief. They, too, have decided that their superior judgment is more important than following the law. [snip]
For reasons of misguided righteousness or partisan hatred, they’ve taken it upon themselves to be judge, jury, and executioner. They have prosecuted their case in the court of public opinion, with likeminded media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, and the Washington Post serving as court stenographers.
Elected by no one, responsible only to each other, these spies have determined that Trump is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Days ago, they delivered their verdict. According to one intelligence official, the president “will die in jail.”
I understand how this might feel appealing to deeply partisan Democrats. After all, I didn’t want Trump to win either. [snip] We must instead let the system continue to work, as it has, and make our case to the American people during future elections.
If you’re not convinced, imagine the consequences of letting spies decide not just Trump’s fate but other political winners and losers too. Imagine how they might treat our candidates next. [snip]
This is the slippery slope of political tribalism that, up until a few months ago, I would have thought impossible in America. Certainly it happens in third world nations but not here. I was trained to believe that we were exceptional.
In the culture of America’s spies, you live and die by a set of rules. One of them is a sacred pledge of allegiance to the constitution and commander in chief. Spies may not like a president or their policies but they must salute their leader nonetheless. If they cannot, they are told to resign.
Spies also take a vow of secrecy, specifically to keep classified information hidden from anyone who doesn’t have an authorized need to know. It’s a commitment one keeps for a lifetime. And should that vow be violated, the consequences are dire. Prison time. Colleagues and informants killed. Enemies emboldened. The country less safe.
Spies also accept and embrace a final rule: there must be an unbreakable wall between government workers and the democratic process.
Because many spies have access to powerful tools that, if used improperly, could cause incredible damage to the nation’s stability. Accordingly, clandestine officers have a special covenant with the American people – codified by the Hatch Act – that limits their participation in politics.
During my time as a CIA officer, I quickly learned why all these rules were in place. I read people’s emails. I listened to phone calls. I recruited assets that told the dirtiest and most embarrassing of secrets. I came to realize that my power was both an awesome responsibility and, at times, wickedly seductive.
Some of us faltered in our commitments. I remember colleagues who believed themselves above the rules, conducting quiet investigations into cheating wives or ex-boyfriends. They were eventually discovered and rightfully thrown out. They had demonstrated an inability to handle the burden of power.
And that is precisely what we are experiencing today. The spies who are plotting against President Trump are breaking U.S. laws. They’re violating their oaths. And they’re committing treason to remedy (perceived) treason.
They likely don’t see it that way, of course. But, then again, neither did Aldrich Ames.
With luck and aggressive investigations, these renegade spies will join their fallen colleague at the Allenwood Correctional Facility for the remainder of their lives.
Drain the swamp. Fill the prisons if necessary with those who violate their oaths and plot against the duly elected government and president of the United States.
It’s not just the State Department that requires a drain of the swamp. There are the corruptions and plots at the EPA that need to feel the slice of the Guillotine:
In a show of defiance, EPA workers fight to stop Pruitt’s confirmation
WASHINGTON — Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency have been calling their senators to urge them to vote on Friday against the confirmation of Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s contentious nominee to run the agency, a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent times ahead for the EPA.
Many of the scientists, environmental lawyers and policy experts who work in EPA offices around the country say the calls are a last resort for workers who fear a nominee selected to run an agency he has made a career out of fighting — by a president who has vowed to “get rid of” it.
“Mr. Pruitt’s background speaks for itself, and it comes on top of what the president wants to do to EPA,” said John O’Grady, a biochemist at the agency since the first Bush administration and president of the union representing the EPA’s 15,000 employees nationwide.
Nicole Cantello, an EPA lawyer who heads the union in the Chicago area, said: “It seems like Trump and Pruitt want a complete reversal of what EPA has done. I don’t know if there’s any other agency that’s been so reviled. So it’s in our interests to do this.”
The union has sent emails and posted Facebook and Twitter messages urging members to make the calls.
“It is rare,” said James A. Thurber, the director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. “I can’t think of any other time when people in the bureaucracy have done this.” [snip]
But because Civil Service rules make it difficult to fire federal workers, the show of defiance indicates that Pruitt will face strong internal opposition to many of his promised efforts to curtail EPA activities and influence.
“What it means is that it’s going to be a bloodbath when Pruitt gets in there,” said Christine Todd Whitman, a former Republican governor of New Jersey and the EPA administrator during the first term of President George W. Bush.
Whitman predicted a standoff between career employees and their politically appointed bosses, noting that Pruitt will be blocked by legal Civil Service protections from immediately firing longtime employees but would likely be able to retaliate against them in other ways, such as shifting them to different jobs. The showdown could embolden the White House and Congress to change federal Civil Service laws.
“The Civil Service is supposed to be a class of experts implementing policy, regardless of politics,” said Myron Ebell, a fellow at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, who led Trump’s environmental transition team. “If they have now become a special interest group pleading their own agenda, then it is probably time to look at reforming the Civil Service laws.” [snip]
Within days of Pruitt’s swearing-in, Trump is expected to sign one or more executive orders aimed at undoing Obama’s climate change regulations, and possibly to begin dismantling some EPA offices and programs, according to people familiar with the White House’s plans.
While it will be impossible to undo most major rules or programs that quickly, the presidential signatures would authorize Pruitt to cut existing environmental regulations — and, eventually, the jobs of many of the people who enforce them. [snip]
“I’ve been here for 30 years, and I’ve never called my senator about a nominee before,” said an EPA employee in North Carolina who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear losing her job.
The calls to senators come on top of an anti-Pruitt protest last week by Chicago EPA employees, and agency workers say that if Pruitt is confirmed, they intend to amplify their resistance to him, taking their case to the American public.
“At this point, it’s just, ‘call your senator,’” O’Grady, the union president, said. “We plan on more demonstrations, more rallies. I think you will see the employees’ union reaching out to NGOs and having alliances with them,” he added, referring to nongovernmental organizations. “We’re looking at working with PR firms.” [snip]
But former EPA officials said the open rebellion by current employees is extraordinary, especially considering that their resistance could backfire once Pruitt arrives on the job.
Scott Pruitt won confirmation on Friday. The EPA swamp will be drained and the ecology of government restored. Get ready for “reforming the Civil Service laws”. Remember, we save the best for last.
There are a lot of plotters and those who attempt to undermine the President of the United States. Some deserve prison. Others deserve much worse. This current congress deserves some condemnation too:
— Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman) February 16, 2017
Yeah, this freakin’ congress is largely a waste, a swamp filled with waste.
Drudge Put It Perfectly: Congressional Republicans Flail and Fail
Incompetence hinders party from accomplishing Trump’s agenda
President Donald J. Trump is working night and day, seven days a week, but the congress is a freakin’ waste. But not entirely a waste. The goofball congress, run by the GOP establishment and Trump haters, have done a few things.
The wastrel congress run by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have done very little during the first Trump month. The Senate as usual has lounged in the swamp as if it were a high class hot tub at a Trump resort – failing to quickly fill President Trump’s cabinet. The House, under Paul Ryan, promises to get things done – after a week’s “recess” having done little thus far. Paul Ryan says that after the recess the House will begin to repeal ObamaCare and continue to prepare budgets and tax reform.
We’ll give Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and the Congress through the Trump month 2 – before we start to scream and shout. We want to preserve our dulcimer tones and sweet demeanor/disposition.
There is some hope we will remain sweet and purring. We saved the best for last.
During Trump month 1, a great many preparatory steps have been taken. A great many seeds planted. The next steps, the flowering seeds, might blossom unto heaven and feed the Guillotine in Trump month 2. Here’s a corpuscle taste, written by leftist NYMAG, to whet the appetite of the Guillotine:
The GOP Just Gave Congress the Power to Cut the Salaries of Individual Civil Servants to $1
This week, congressional Republicans gave themselves the power to slash the annual salary of any individual federal worker to as low as $1 — and the budget of any individual federal program right down to zero.
They executed this attack on the independence of the civil service by reviving an obscure provision enacted by Congress in 1876: The Holman Rule, named after the Indiana congressman who devised it, empowers any member of Congress to submit an amendment to an appropriations bill that targets the funding of a specific government program or employee. [snip]
For the past three decades, Congress has had the power to slash any agency’s overall budget, but not to target specific projects or civil servants for funding cuts or downsizing.
“This is a big rule change inside there that allows people to get at places they hadn’t before,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters this week. “All agencies should be held accountable and tested in a manner and this is an avenue to allow them to do it.” [snip]
Virginia congressman H. Morgan Griffith led the charge for reviving the Holman Rule, after learning about how much the federal government spends on the upkeep of wild horses ($80 million, apparently). When the Washington Post asked Griffith if the new rule would be used to cut “huge swaths” of the federal workforce, he replied, “I can’t tell you it won’t happen … The power is there. But isn’t that appropriate? Who runs this country, the people of the United States or the people on the people’s payroll?”
For the next year, passing an amendment slashing an individual worker’s salary or position will require a simple majority in both houses of Congress.
Now that is Civil Service Reform. Sadly, the only way some workers, especially protected government workers, will be productive and follow the orders of those duly elected to run the government is under the threat of “You’re fired.” The unfortunate fact, as demonstrated by the IRS tax cheats, is that the federal bureaucracy needs to be cut back drastically. Also, the tail needs to understand it does not get to shake the big dog.
On Saint Valentine’s Day, Governor Chris Christie met with President Trump. No one other than the President and the Governor know what happened at that meeting. The best guess is Governor Christie will soon be employed by the President. As NYMAG reported, Governor Christie at a private function said that he advised President Trump early on “to immediately ask the Republican Congress to change the civil service laws. Because if they do, it will make it a lot easier to fire” Obama appointees.
Governor Christie might be the incoming “drain the swamp” machine. We’ll know soon enough. For now, the Guillotine is the apprentice on the job – beheading the swamp monsters – under orders from President Trump.
Beware swamp monsters and corrupt bureaucrats! President Donald J. Trump says “You’re fired!”