Category Archives: Bureaucracy

FDR’s war against the press

“Franklin Delano Roosevelt, revised the media rules in equally profound ways. Like Trump, he feuded with the mainstream media; like Trump, he used a new medium [radio] as a direct pipeline to the people. He also used the government’s machinery to suppress unfavorable coverage, a fate we hope to avoid in the age of Trump.”

“And then there was that time in 1942, when FDR gave a New York Daily News journalist whose reporting he disagreed with a Nazi Iron Cross medal.”

It’s okay when they do it. Especially the principal hero of the modern liberal Dim party.

Via Reason and PJMedia

The problem with executive orders

President Trump is continuing to issue executive orders rolling back regulations that adversely affect business/education.

“The president canceled the ‘Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces’ rule, which blacklists companies from receiving federal contracts if [they] have violated labor rules in the past, the ‘Planning 2.0’ rule, which dealt with how to use 245 million acres of federal land and was opposed by the energy industry, and two regulations under the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act,’ which Trump said removes ‘an additional layer of bureaucracy to encourage freedom in our schools.’

“As he signed the orders, Trump said there was ‘a lot more coming’ and he would ‘remove every job killing regulation we can find.’”

“[These] resolutions of disapproval reached the president’s desk through the Congressional Review Act, a rarely used tool that allows Congress to fast-track bills to reverse regulations. Before Trump, the law had been used successfully only once in its 21-year history,” says USAToday.

The major problem with these resolutions and executive orders, as opposed to legislation, is getting them enforced. The Weekly Standard: “Signing an executive order is the beginning of a process. not just the end of one…[the president and agency heads must] persuade the bureaucracy to do the work—to neither obstruct nor slow-walk the process.” So every resolution and EO will have to be followed up, a lengthy process at best, which could fully occupy one staffer doing nothing else.

And the rarity of success of these “resolutions of disapproval” are an invitation to lawsuits and judicial micromanaging. So we probably haven’t heard the end of these.

Via Instapundit.

Real news for a change

And from the NYTimes, too. It’s Fast & Furious again, but without guns.

The investigation and the looming racketeering trial will bring renewed scrutiny to the A.T.F., which has been buffeted in recent years by the botched gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious and its mismanagement of undercover investigations. Representative Jason Chaffetz, whose House oversight committee investigated Fast and Furious, asked the A.T.F. on Wednesday for reams of documents related to the secret tobacco account.”

President Trump, please abolish the ATF. They’re helping no one but themselves and their political cronies.

Via Instapundit

The soft coup: Flynn won’t be the last

Never mind what Gen. Flynn said or didn’t to the Russian ambassador, or what he did or didn’t tell the Vice President about it, the real story (as usual the one mostly being ignored) is how the permanent administrative state sandbagged Flynn: they released a classified intelligence intercept of his phone call to the Democrat news media.

There’d have been no controversy without that first, clearly illegal act, in which the Democrat media was only too happy to cooperate. What the government was doing tapping Flynn’s phone is a whole other issue likewise being ignored. This is the work of a police state. Likewise the unprecedented investigation of Flynn and the rest of Trump’s transition team by the Obama DOJ and FBI.

“…this is a rolling coup attempt, organized by elements of the intelligence community, particularly CIA and NSA, abetted by Obama-era holdovers in the understaffed Justice Department…and the lickspittles of the leftist media.”

Trump properly fired Obama’s DOJ director (ostensibly for something else) but he should not have kept the FBI stooge-in-charge. Nor should he have forced Flynn to resign. He’ll be very sorry to have set that particular precedent. Because what Judicial Watch calls “the soft coup” against him is just getting started. Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway looks to be the next victim as the Obama-appointed Ethics Commission has started attacking her—with the full support of the Democrat media.

The continuing corruption of science

“…[NOAA] the world’s leading source of climate data rushed to publish a landmark paper that exaggerated global warming and was timed to influence the historic Paris Agreement on climate change.”

Under Barry Hussein’s watch, of course.

From James Delingpole: “What the whistleblowing NOAA insider John Bates has just done is prove beyond reasonable doubt what some of us have long claimed: that from NASA GISS and NOAA across the pond to the UEA and the Met Office’s Hadley Centre, the world’s leading temperature data sets have been hijacked by climate activists and abused to advance a political agenda.”

Scientists are corrupted by government funding, without which they cannot survive, as it comes with a stipulation to be politically correct. Or else. It’s part of the swamp Trump needs to drain. The question is how to do it?

The permanent government fights back

“Many of the 2.7 million bureaucrats employed by the federal government oppose President Donald Trump’s policies and are actively attempting to sabotage his agenda.

“That sabotage comes in several forms, from secretly circulating emails among fellow ideologically committed members of the federal bureaucracy plotting strategy, to working behind the scenes with Democratic legislators to create out-of-the ordinary bureaucratic actions, to leaking confidential documents to the press.”

The bureaucracy, being mainly Democrat, has always fought Republican presidents. Now, with former President Hussein egging them on by actively opposing his successor, Trump will have to change the civil service rules to beat them.

Via Breitbart

Trumpalot’s challenges

Not very original, this column by WSJ pundit Peggy Noonan, but a decent (if appropriately partly fake) summary of what Trumpalot faces:

“Normally a new president has someone backing him up, someone publicly behind him. Mr. Obama had the mainstream media—the big broadcast networks, big newspapers, activists and intellectuals, pundits and columnists of the left—the whole shebang. He had a unified, passionate party. Mr. Trump in comparison has almost nothing.

“The mainstream legacy media oppose him, even hate him, and will not let up. The columnists, thinkers and magazines of the right were mostly NeverTrump; some came reluctantly to support him. His party is split or splitting. The new president has gradations of sympathy, respect or support from exactly one cable news channel, and some websites. He really has no one but those who voted for him.”

And us Deplorables will continue to do so and hopefully be enough. She neglected to mention Breitbart News, of course, this former Reagan staffer who actually voted for Hussein. The Internet has never been her thing.

And, likewise, the upstart cable newser One America News Network.  But otherwise she summarized it pretty well. Our new executive is likely to be in a constant tug-of-war with all the aforementioned supporters of the Ruling Class. And if the Dims take back the House in 2018, they certainly will find a reason to impeach him. So it’s likely to be a rocky two years ahead and maybe more.

But enjoyable for a deplorable for all that. Let the games begin!

Via WSJ