Thanks to the government shutdown, we’re seeing story after #ShutdownStories about poor federal government employees who are going to have trouble paying their mortgages, put food on their tables, meet their car payments, etc. The sympathy has extended to businesses offering free goods and services to ease the pain these public servants are now enduring because President Trump wants a wall to protect Americans from illegal aliens and Democrats do not.
Just what do you think will happen?
The 2018 Midterm Elections
- Republicans retain control of House and Senate (69%, 11 Votes)
- Democrats take control of House, Republicans retain control of Senate (25%, 4 Votes)
- Republicans retain control of House, Democrats take control of Senate (6%, 1 Votes)
- Democrats take control of House and Senate (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 16
For the last few political cycles, we’ve been repeatedly told that “this election is the most important in history”. While we may be still a few years away from that apocalyptic bar, here’s really what’s on the ballot in 2018.
Media Run Amok
The First Amendment protects “freedom of the press”. It could be argued that the Founding Fathers would’ve added a little more to that Amendment had they envisioned multi-millionaire news anchors using their access to the American people to steer public opinion instead of informing as a privileged watchdog of government.
In 2016, the votes did not go as the media predicted and they ramped up their efforts to destroy an election result they didn’t authorize.
Should Democrats achieve a modicum of electoral success in 2018, the media’s influence will be validated which will empower them to be even more emboldened. Their clear partisanship and disdain for an American people that dared not vote the way they believe we should will continue as we’ll also be validating what they perceive to be their elitist, intellectual superiority.
Despite What You Hear, It’s NOT in the Bag for Democrats
If you listen to the media and pundits, it’s almost a fait accompli that the Democrats will retake the House and inflict their long-awaited and overdue 2016 presidential vengeance on Donald Trump and his supporters. But when you see the campaign appearances by Barack Obama, Oprah, Jimmy Buffett and others deemed progressive “superstars”, there must be something in their internals that say midterm victories for Democrats is NOT a done deal.
Nearly two years of organizing, marching, candidate recruitment and unprecedented fundraising has led the Democratic party to a critical moment. On Tuesday, it can either reassert itself politically or fall short, prompting an utter and complete psychological meltdown.
“I can’t even contemplate it, it would be so indescribable,” said former Rep. Steve Israel, who chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee until 2014, told The Daily Beast in an interview. “I just don’t see it happening. If it did, in the unlikely event that it did, it would probably count as one of the biggest moral blows to Democrats in recent memory. Second maybe only to our presidential loss in 2016.“
— Daily Beast, 11/5/18
The predictions of doom and gloom mixed with the traditional “What Do Democrats Need to Do to Win?” partisan media lament began two years ago, giving the impression the nation was united in its #resistance to Donald Trump and his agenda.
But it’s also what Democrats are NOT talking about that’s interesting.
Many Democrats remain silent about the caravan approaching the U.S.
Trump Approval Among Black Voters Rises to Record 40 Percent in Rasmussen Poll
Latino voters in Florida could help Republicans win in key races
Target Early, a Democratic political data and data services firm, has bad news for Democrats
The actions of prominent and elected Democrats imply there is something to worry about. Nonprofits have heavily fundraised off the hate of Donald Trump, celebrities have joined the campaign trail to feed off that hate, and reputations are on the line if Democrats don’t pull off that much-predicted victory.
It could also be argued that the economy is the best in decades, if not ever, because of the unconventional approach President Trump has taken. His insights as a businessman runs counter to the tactics used by career politicians (a concept the Founders probably didn’t envision and would have frowned upon) and bureaucrats that never really solve a problem because to do so might endanger the employment and pensions of civil servants whose positions may be rendered no longer needed.
The choice is clear.
During President Trump’s time in office, the economy has achieved feats most experts thought impossible. GDP is growing at a 3 percent-plus rate. The unemployment rate is near a 50-year low. Meanwhile, the stock market has jumped 27 percent amid a surge in corporate profits.
— CNBC, 9/7/18
Should Democrats take control of either House or Senate, their goal will be to impede the Trump economy as to make it an issue in 2020. Officeholders and the media won’t take a hit. They’ll have their jobs and benefits. It’s the American people who will suffer; something they’ve almost always cared little about because the ultimate goal is power.
Democrats, despite their election moderation, WILL attempt to impeach Donald Trump if they take the House of Representatives. The damage to the stock market, thus jobs, could be significant which is exactly what they want. Overturning the 2016 Will of the People will be their goal, as it’s been the day after the president was elected.
#DeepState Given the Green Light
For those of you not in close proximity to the Washington, D.C. area, it’s heavily dependent on the federal government. Liberal Democrats run the area, just like they run the inner workings in and around Capitol Hill.
They believe THEY are entitled to our tax dollars. They’ve created lucrative employment packages for themselves and freeze out those who could do those jobs more effectively and responsibly. They have employee unions that dictate what they’ll be paid, how much they have to work, how much they’ll receive when they retire and who has the right to oversee them. President Trump has put their security in flux and they’ve targeted him with the full force of the federal law enforcement mechanism.
We know federal employees, in particular the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation, preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in 2016. We know they used “long-established norms” to attempt to entrap a presidential candidate, members of his campaign, later his transition team and after, his administration in an attempt to forcibly remove him from his duly elected office.
They brazenly use their power to indict anyone they want associated to Donald Trump, callous to the financial ramifications on those they target. They whine when THEY are caught and lose pensions and/or lucrative security clearances as a result of their partisan acts.
Had Hillary Clinton won the presidency, 90% of what we know about a Russian dossier, dubiously obtained FISA warrants, and other nefarious acts by government employees against a sitting president would’ve been hidden from the American people to this day, and that’s exactly how they wanted it. With the victory of Donald Trump, federal employee shenanigans are being revealed, albeit slowly, and all-important careers and possible prison time is on the table.
If Democrats take the House, investigations of federal employees (who basically staged a bloodless coup) will slow if not be ceased. These employees will also be emboldened to increase their bully tactics against anyone who works in and around the Trump Administration and strengthen their own defense against what they attempted to do. And if they did it once and got away with it, they WILL do it again to President Trump in 2020 and in elections beyond.
Nonprofits and Activists
If Democrats achieve any level of election success, the bullying of Americans will also be validated and will become that “new normal”. We’ll see increased political violence, much of will be encouraged by genuine line items in activist nonprofit budgets.
Get ready for more iterations of #BlackLivesMatter, #WomensMarch, #Antifa and whomever can ramp up as much political disruption as needed.
That is, until Democrats are back in control. Then, any kind of political dissent will be promptly denounced as “unpatriotic”.
Education and Entertainment
For now, a lost cause.
Liberals are churning out little liberals, superseding the values of parents, and creating a voting bloc meant to transform the United States into a socialist utopia never achieved in the human experience. While they won’t teach students of the downside, these new voters are blind to what they wish to create and they’ll talk down to us with authority. A Democrat midterm victory will also validate the irresponsible behavior of teachers and professors, many of whom are paid with taxpayer dollars and via unions, have inoculated themselves from any scrutiny for children they fail to educate in subjects that really matter.
These are just some of the national issues “on the ballot” the media may not be fully informing the American people about. Statewide and local elections will also validate the tactics used by determined Democrats that will be referred-to and used again in campaigns to come.
We get the government we vote for. 2018 will be no different.
As someone who’s spoken in public, I appreciate how easy it is for an audience to throw you off message. Rush Limbaugh was visually impacted by the size and energy of the Trump rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri the night before the midterm election.
There are things he said the afternoon before the rally that didn’t get an opportunity to be translated in person but he still did a great job!
For months, the Democrat left and their media has been demanding that Donald J. Trump do what only nine out of 44 other president have voluntarily done: release their personal tax returns. Some have erroneously declared that all presidents have done such while it’s always been a voluntary act.
A bill now being considered by the New York State Legislature would require Trump’s state tax returns to be published online. Since those contain much of the same information that’s in his federal returns, we’d finally get a sense not only of how much he’s actually worth, but how much he’d potentially stand to benefit from his radical tax-slashing plans.
— New York Magazine, 5/5/17
Here’s the thing: President Trump has been in political office 108 days and has accomplished much, however there are those now serving who’ve been in office, in some cases, for decades and aside from mandatory campaign filings, are not required to release personal tax returns and it could be argued if they had, we may have had a cleaner House and Senate.
While there seems to be a lot of concern about the potential of the president to misuse his office for financial gain and tax returns may reveal the potential, there is a history of elected officials (local, state, and federal) who’ve used their office (or familial proximity to power) for personal gain and tax returns would’ve revealed some truth.
• FBI investigating Jane Sanders for alleged bank fraud
• Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) to face trial on bribery and corruption charges
• Frm. Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL): Money in account came from birthdays, Christmas and ‘sometimes I had boyfriends’
• Thirty-six Obama aides owe $833,000 in back taxes
• Frm. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), former Pennsylvania congressman, gets 10 years in prison for corruption
• Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Reveals Nearly $300,000 in Unpaid Property Taxes
• Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Ethics Scandals
• Tax-dodging ex-Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) finishes prison term, calls clink ‘horrible experience’
• Fmr. US Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) reports to prison for 3-year term
• Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) accused of three ethics violations
• Ex-New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) to pay $5M for his part in brokerage firm MF Global collapse
• Fmr. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) Gets 30 Months, and His Wife 12, to Be Served at Separate Times
• Ex-Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) gets 13 years in freezer cash case
• Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) charged on three counts
• Ex-Congressman Duke Cunningham (R-CA) Gets 8-Year Term in Bribery Case
• Rep. Frank Ballance (D-NC) Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
• Ex-Congressman Mel Reynolds (D-IL), facing tax charges, gets locked up
And this comes nowhere near the state and local scandals where politicians abused the public trust and enriched themselves, politically and/or monetarily. A scrutiny of their personal tax returns would have given these corrupt individuals limited safe haven and many who would consider getting into the political arena might just reconsider.
Federal employees are even worse.
As usual, the Postal Service, with more than 600,000 workers, has the most offenders (25,640), who also owe the most — almost $270 million. Veterans Affairs has 11,659 workers owing the IRS $151 million while the Energy Department has 322 employees owing $5 million. The country’s chief law enforcement agency, the Department of Justice, has 2,069 employees who are nearly $17 million behind in taxes.
— Investors Business Daily, 1/14/09
Some of the very federal employees who are part of the anti-Trump “deep state” swamp and also demand to see the president’s returns would fail similar scrutiny because they’d have tax obligations they blew off.
So, let’s be fair.
If Democrats want demand the President of the United States’ tax returns be released for public inspection, ALL politicians’ tax returns should be submitted annually for public inspection as well. This should be required from the president down to the local dog catcher.
Only those with something to hide would have a problem with that.
While there probably are many good people within the federal government, anyone whose had to have any customer service interactions with the others could come to the conclusion that way-too-many are there just for the paycheck, in some cases do their “20” so they can retire with a taxpayer-funded pension, and are outspoken liberals who believe their job is to further the policies of the Democrat party.
We personally know many federal government employees who endure the verbal “Fuck Republicans!” outbursts of Democrats in the workplace, and for many years have had to keep their mouths shut because we all know how petty and vindictive liberals can be. They would have no problem ridding themselves of any conservative presence in their workplace, even if that meant making Republicans lose their livelihoods.
Now that President Donald Trump is in the White House, the shoe is on the other foot as he has no problem cleaning house when it comes to those within the #DeepState who believe it’s free speech to “resist” the boss.
And we all wonder where the “leaks” are coming from….
Tell us ONE job in the real world where one could talk shit about the boss and expect to remain employed very long? Let’s not even get into what would happen to soldiers that attempted to “resist” their Commanding Officer.
“There’s a real frustration among many — including from the president — that things aren’t going as smoothly as one had hoped,” said one senior administration official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. “Reince, fairly or not, is likely to take the blame and take the fault for that.”
“It’s sheer incompetence,” said another White House official. “There’s a lack of management, and a lack of strategy.”
— Politico, 3/5/17
At a church in Columbia Heights last weekend, dozens of federal workers attended a support group for civil servants seeking a forum to discuss their opposition to the Trump administration. And 180 federal employees have signed up for a workshop next weekend, where experts will offer advice on workers’ rights and how they can express civil disobedience.
The resistance is so early, so widespread and so deeply felt that it has officials worrying about paralysis and overt refusals by workers to do their jobs.
— Washington Post, 1/31/17
And some are using technology to keep their insubordination a little more stealth. While we’re past tired of repeating this, imagine the screech from the left if George W. Bush staffers conducted themselves in the manner Barack Obama/federal employees are “resisting” now?
Whether inside the Environmental Protection Agency, within the Foreign Service, on the edges of the Labor Department or beyond, employees are using new technology as well as more old-fashioned approaches — such as private face-to-face meetings — to organize letters, talk strategy, or contact media outlets and other groups to express their dissent.
Fearing for their jobs, the employees began communicating incognito using the app Signal shortly after Trump’s inauguration. Signal, like WhatsApp and other mobile phone software, encrypts all communications, making it more difficult for hackers to gain access to them.
— Politico, 2/2/17
Using a relic from the Vietnam War, employees at the State Department are utilizing the “Dissent Channel” to voice their disapproval of the President’s first executive order on “extreme vetting”.
From AFSA: What You Need To Know When You Disagree With U.S. Policy
Dissent Channel: The State Department’s internal dissent channel, covered in 2 FAM 070, states that the State Department may not punish an employee who uses the dissent channel. It also prohibits raters and reviewers from negatively mentioning an employee’s use of the dissent channel when writing said employee’s EER. The Foreign Service promotion precepts explicitly recognize appropriate dissent as a positive factor to be considered when reviewing employees for promotion.
— USAID Alumni Association, 1/31/17
For decades, unelected liberals could (through added rules and regulations) circumvent the legislative process and pretty much inflict whatever policies they believed in on the American people. President Trump is tearing their world up, the left is freaking out from their inability to stop him, and chances are good this is where a lot of those leaks from “anonymous sources” are coming from.
Dissent at the U.S. State Department: Why Trump Should Welcome It
It was precisely in order to avoid that sort of stark choice that the State Department’s dissent channel was first established. Created during the Vietnam War, when many Foreign Service officers understandably had grave misgivings about U.S. foreign policy, it offered a way for them to speak their minds while continuing to serve their country. Since then, the dissent channel, at its best, has been a source of creativity and open thinking inside the bureaucracy, allowing diplomats to question widespread assumptions and challenge ideological stances from within.
— Foreign Affairs (published by the Council on Foreign Relations), 2/3/17
Working for an inflated paycheck from the federal government is NOT a right. If the #DeepState doesn’t like the new direction the “shitty” American people decided they wanted the federal government to go in, they should quit and survive in the world they created for the rest of us to live in (or the world they’ve been shaping for decades).
Or, maybe that’s the real problem?
Federal workers feel unease over potential layoffs, furloughs unleashed by ‘fiscal cliff’
Whether we’re talking law enforcement, politics, road construction, education, or government customer service, the good workers usually either quit of frustration or are run out by underachieving lifers. Should a round of layoffs occur, be sure government (in its wisdom) will leave us in the hands of their rudest incompetents who will probably take their frustration of having to do extra work out on us, the people who are still forced to pay their bloated salaries and pensions.
The president says civilian federal workers’ pay (not including federal worker “step increases” and bonuses) will be frozen for two years. Some federal employees aren’t taking this well….
My grade increase is pending. If it’s affected so is my performance.
Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | November 29, 2010 10:30 AM |
This is why few in the private sector have any sympathy and/or patience for federal employees facing the same new normal the rest of the nation is.