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Friday, July 22, 2022

Jonathan Swan: Former President Trump's top allies are preparing to radically reshape the federal government if he is re-elected, purging potentially thousands of civil servants and filling career posts with loyalists to him and his "America First" ideology, people involved in the discussions tell Axios.

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"The impact could go well beyond typical conservative targets such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service. Trump allies are working on plans that would potentially strip layers at the Justice Department " including the FBI, and reaching into national security, intelligence, the State Department and the Pentagon, sources close to the former president say.

Trump, in theory, could fire tens of thousands of career government officials with no recourse for appeals. He could replace them with people he believes are more loyal to him and to his "America First" agenda." (excerpts)

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2022-07-22 02:16 PM | Reply

Yeah that's great. Why not just give the key to D.C. to Putin?

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-07-22 02:16 PM | Reply

Oh those poor bureaucrats

*sob*

#3 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2022-07-22 02:22 PM | Reply

#3 | POSTED BY MAO_CONTENT

MAO thinks he's safe from fascists. He's either a fool or a fascist himself.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2022-07-22 02:24 PM | Reply

Make The Swamp Drained Again!

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-07-22 03:28 PM | Reply

It's not unusual at all for new Administrations to sack and replace thousands of political lackeys within agencies. This just takes it a bit deeper.

Spare me the pearl-clutching.

The flip side is that the Communists can do it too, if they ever manage to seize power again.

A better suggestion would be to use the opportunity to completely gut and/or abolish many of these Agencies so that whatever function they allegedly perform can default to the state level.

#6 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2022-07-22 03:44 PM | Reply

Authoritarians are OK with gov employees who are more loyal to the Pres than to the country and the Constitution.

Trump's coup depended on the loyalty of his appointees in the DOJ... who fortunately almost all picked the latter.

We won't be so lucky when the next fascist despot gets to make sure he has the numbers.

#7 | Posted by Corky at 2022-07-22 03:57 PM | Reply

What meow is proposing is that every state monitor commerce across its boarder resulting in you having to show your papers as you cross each state line
In addition, all products moving across the country would have to clear customs at each state line

It's a real brilliant idea, to remake the USA into something totally nonfunctional

#8 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2022-07-22 04:18 PM | Reply

A better suggestion would be to use the opportunity to completely gut and/or abolish many of these Agencies so that whatever function they allegedly perform can default to the state level.

#6 | Posted by Mao_Content

Except delegation and regulation are federal powers of the executive.

"Gutting" that isn't a decision you get to make.

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2022-07-22 04:24 PM | Reply

It's a real brilliant idea, to remake the USA into something totally nonfunctional

#8 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses

It's also blatantly unconstitutional.

As usual, these ---- bags don't actually mean it when they claim they care what the Constitution says. They probably haven't even read the damn thing to begin with.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2022-07-22 04:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's also blatantly unconstitutional.

No.

It's not.

In fact, the very existence of some of these (i.e. Dept of Education, Dept. of Energy) are what is unconstitutional because the functions they perform aren't enumerated in the Constitution.

#11 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2022-07-22 04:34 PM | Reply

Bow mao wow is just a lowly troll. Get a real job, clown-boy, you pretending to be a Constitutional scholar isn't funny, it's just painful.

#12 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-07-22 04:44 PM | Reply

" the very existence of some of these (i.e. Dept of Education, Dept. of Energy) are what is unconstitutional because the functions they perform aren't enumerated in the Constitution."

You forgot the Air Force.

#13 | Posted by Danforth at 2022-07-22 05:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

You forgot the Air Force.

#13 | POSTED BY DANFORTH A

Space Force, too.

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2022-07-22 05:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Wait until the people who vote for Trump find out they're not going to be the exception.

They'll be in the same pot as everybody else once Trump doesn't need them any more.

SUCKERS!

#15 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-07-22 06:15 PM | Reply

aren't enumerated in the Constitution.

Neither is your right to be a dick on the internet, yet here you are.

#16 | Posted by Alexandrite at 2022-07-22 06:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 3

"It's a real brilliant idea, to remake the USA into something totally nonfunctional"

#8 | POSTED BY CHIEFTUTMOSES

They don't want to make the USA into something totally nonprofitable. That would be ridiculous. In fact, they love big profits ~ especially when the new authoritarian government owns (by their new Constitution) a percentage of the company. Like in Russia, for example.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-07-22 07:03 PM | Reply

what is unconstitutional because the functions they perform aren't enumerated in the Constitution.
#11 | POSTED BY MAO_CONTENT

Ahh yes the simpleton -------- literalist approach.

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2022-07-22 07:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This sounds exactly like when Woodrow Wilson became President, he fired all the Negroes from Federal Government jobs.

And is being cheered by the same kinds of people who supported that.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-07-22 07:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Let's not kid ourselves that this tactic is going to be averted if another Republican wins the 2024 presidency, emphasis mine:

CPI will wield substantial influence on the makeup of a potential second-term Trump administration. It has a team working on a database of vetted staff that could be fed immediately to the next GOP presidential nominee's transition team.

CPI is not, however, spending much time thinking about Cabinet-level appointments. CPI staff know Trump well enough to understand nobody will have much influence over his splashy Cabinet picks. Their focus is on the crucial mass of jobs below.

CPI's immediate priority is preparing to put its vetted people in new GOP congressional offices at the start of 2023. Over the past five years since CPI's founding, the group has been adding personnel to a database that now contains thousands of names.

The CPI team is reckoning on Republicans likely winning back the House and possibly the Senate in the November midterms. That would deliver a tremendous staffing opportunity. These anticipated victories could open hundreds of new staff jobs on Capitol Hill next year--from congressional offices to key committees.

CPI's goal is to have at least 300 fully vetted "America First" staffers to supply GOP congressional offices after the midterms. These new staffers would theoretically gain valuable experience to use on Capitol Hill but also incubate for a Trump administration in 2025.

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-07-22 11:49 PM | Reply

What could possibly go wrong?:

Vought plans to release a series of policy papers, beginning this year, detailing various aspects of their plans to dismantle the "administrative state."

Vought has other far-reaching intentions. He has told associates it was too onerous in the past for Trump officials to receive security clearances, so he plans to recommend reforms to the security clearance system. He also wants to change the system that determines how government documents become classified.

"We are consciously bringing on the toughest and most courageous fighters with the know-how and credibility to crush the deep state," Vought told Axios.

#21 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-07-22 11:52 PM | Reply

In america, the government is the people, and the people suck.

#22 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2022-07-23 07:53 AM | Reply

Absolutely nothing unconstitutional about elimination an institution like the department of education.

#23 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-07-23 09:33 AM | Reply

Absolutely nothing unconstitutional about elimination an institution like the department of education.

#23 | Posted by BellRinger

No, just stupidity and proud ignorance.

#24 | Posted by jpw at 2022-07-23 11:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#24. Congress can pass a bill abolishing the DOE and the president can sign it into law and then begin taking steps dismantling the agency.

Civics101. Talk about ignorance.

#25 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-07-23 12:40 PM | Reply

#25 Such a bill has zero chance of passing through Congress. Dismantling the DOE from within via relatively unprecedented executive action is a means of skirting the very civics process you claim to know so much about.

#26 | Posted by JOE at 2022-07-23 01:44 PM | Reply

#26. I didn't say it should be done from within nor do I advocate that. Of course it would be difficult legislatively. Legislating is hard by design in this country.

#27 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-07-23 01:50 PM | Reply

#27 When your first post in a thread about the executive dismantling the federal government is that there's "nothing wrong" with eliminating a federal agency, it is safe for readers to assume you agree with the practice this thread is about. Sounds like you were talking about something else entirely. Which is weird.

#28 | Posted by JOE at 2022-07-23 03:12 PM | Reply

Joe,

My first post needed more info explanation or clarification which is what I was doing with #27 when it became apparent my first post was misconstrued.

#29 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-07-23 03:57 PM | Reply

The "clarification" being that you were talking about something completely irrelevant to the thread? Cool cool.

#30 | Posted by JOE at 2022-07-23 04:56 PM | Reply

#25 | Posted by BellRinger

"Ignorance and proud stupidity" isn't an autocorrect fail of "civics."

#31 | Posted by jpw at 2022-07-23 05:16 PM | Reply

#31 JPW. Before you were born there was an outfit called Schoolhouse Rock. They produced short 2-4 minute TV bits that were usually aired on Saturday and Sunday mornings during the time that cartoons were playing. These were educational bits designed and produced to be geared toward children.

Go to YouTube and type: Schoolhouse rock " I'm just a bill" and educate yourself.

#32 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-07-23 06:10 PM | Reply

#30. Not at all. I was simply describing a constitutional way to reshape our government.

#33 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-07-23 06:11 PM | Reply

In 1942, during World War II, the United States started the Manhattan Project, a project to develop the atomic bomb, under the eye of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After the war in 1946, the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) was created to control the future of the project.[6][7] The Atomic Energy Act of 1946 also created the framework for the first National Laboratories. Among other nuclear projects, the AEC produced fabricated uranium fuel cores at locations such as Fernald Feed Materials Production Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.[8][9][10] In 1974, the AEC gave way to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which was tasked with regulating the nuclear power industry, and the Energy Research and Development Administration, which was tasked to manage the nuclear weapon, naval reactor, and energy development programs.[citation needed]

The 1973 oil crisis called attention to the need to consolidate energy policy.[11][12][13] On August 4, 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed into law The Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977 (Pub.L. 95"91, 91 Stat. 565, enacted August 4, 1977), which created the Department of Energy.[14] The new agency, which began operations on October 1, 1977, consolidated the Federal Energy Administration, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Federal Power Commission, and programs of various other agencies en.wikipedia.org

#34 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-07-23 06:13 PM | Reply

Go to YouTube and type: Schoolhouse rock " I'm just a bill" and educate yourself.

#32 | Posted by BellRinger

You can keep stating the same non sequitur all you want, it won't change the fact that GOP ideas of "governance" are ignorant stupidity.

Which is why you love them while claiming otherwise. You can't make an effort to not be ignorant or stupid so you just act like you're not!

#35 | Posted by jpw at 2022-07-23 06:37 PM | Reply

In any case, it's not surprising that you'd be dumb enough to think this is nothing.

Trump and his merry band of deplorables want to gut government and install loyalists in what's left and you're like "meh."

Because, you know, you don't support him or anything. /s

#36 | Posted by jpw at 2022-07-23 06:41 PM | Reply

#35 and 36.

2 posts with multiple straw men. Nice work!

#37 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-07-23 07:03 PM | Reply

I've learned from the best!

#38 | Posted by jpw at 2022-07-23 07:21 PM | Reply

There are plenty of straw man specialists at this site to learn from.

#39 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-07-23 07:40 PM | Reply

So grumpy Trumpy would take us back to the old days of the spoils system.

Yeah. That would make America great again?

Not hardly. Those were NOT great times.

Not sure if any of you are aware he had already made steps in that direction by his executive order creating a Schedule F category of employees that he could fire a will. Taking away the due process protections of those employees. Taking away rights seems to be a reoccurring goal with these cultists.

One of the reasons I retired from the civil service when I did was because I was in middle management and my protections were getting thinner and thinner and if you disagreed with upper management (as I did many times to try and protect my employees) you became more and more vulnerable to being harassed and fired under Trumpy's new rule.

I remember a terrible argument one day where I had to remind my supervisor (when I was ordered to do something against my better judgement) that I did not actually work for him but ultimately I worked for and was ultimately responsible to the American taxpayer and Congress. As you can imagine that did not go over too well in Trumpy's government.

That was the beginning of the end for me. I retired two years later (after 40 years of exemplary service taking all my legacy knowledge with me).

My concern now is that if someone like Trumpy would gain power he could try and renege on my retirement and many other retirement contracts out of spite.

#40 | Posted by donnerboy at 2022-07-24 12:26 PM | Reply

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