Want To Make Federal Employees Easier To Fire?

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By: James Simpson | American Thinker

Project Veritas just released its latest undercover video, “Unmasking the Deep State.”  This first video focuses on a State Department employee who is both a poster child for the Deep State and a perfect example of why the federal bureaucracy needs serious reform.  Providentially, there is new legislation being considered in Congress that would do just that: the Merit Act (H.R. 559).

The Merit Act would greatly streamline the process for firing employees who are poor performers, insubordinate, or otherwise engaged in misconduct.  Since the election of President Trump, the bureaucracy, including numerous holdovers from the Obama administration, has been engaged in an unprecedented level of obstruction, leaks, and sabotage.  These bad actors call it “resistance.”  FBI and Department of Justice misconduct in the Trump-Russia probe and the Clinton email scandal is only the most visible component.

This is nothing new.  President Bush faced similar resistance from the bureaucracy, and going as far back as 1986, the Reagan administration had to contend with a State Department relentlessly working to derail his foreign policy.  In the intervening period, we have been treated to stories of almost incomprehensible incompetence and corruption in the federal bureaucracy.

Recall, for example, the case of John Beale, the EPA’s “climate expert,” who continued to collect a salary for 18 months after he retired and scammed the government for 13 years.  He collected a salary higher than legal limits; took unearned bonuses; awarded himself a handicapped parking pass though he wasn’t handicapped; and was absent for months at a time, falsely claiming to be a CIA agent working other assignments.  Then-president Obama appointed Beale’s wife, Nancy Kete, to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  The pair own houses in Arlington, Va. and Cape Cod.  Beale was sentenced to 32 months and fined – a rare conviction, though the EPA waited three years before charging him.  Beale is paying off his fine over time, using his government retirement annuity, which he still receives.

There is so much more.  What about the horrors we discovered at the Veterans Administration?  Or how about the 100 federal employees watching porn at work, some for as long as six hours per day?  Many complained they were bored and didn’t have enough work.  No mention of punishment.  They were probably all just told to go back to work.

The Veritas video presents a portrait of a State Department bureaucrat committed to “resistance.”  The employee caught on tape, one Stuart Karaffa, says, “Resist everything…every level, f‑‑‑ s‑‑‑ up.”

Karaffa is a self-identified member of Democratic Socialists of America, and uses work time to draft DSA-related political emails, a violation of the Hatch Act.  What about getting caught?  He says, “I don’t have anything to lose.  It’s impossible to fire federal employees…”

He’s right. A century-long litany of successive legislation has created what amounts to a civil service industry, with public employee unions leading the charge.  According to the Government Accountability Office, it takes on average from 170 to 370 days to fire a poor-performing employee, with unions intensively litigating on his behalf.  The employee can appeal the decision, dragging the whole thing on for years.  Most federal managers just give up.  A recent study found that only about 0.5 percent of federal employees are terminated for cause.

But President Obama made matters worse, politicizing the hiring process under a2010 executive order that circumvented many federal hiring rules.  This made it easier for him to seed the bureaucracy with his people.  We are witnessing the results.  It’s called the Deep State.

Well, if the Merit Act passes, things could change, and it could not happen soon enough.  The legislation shortens the appeals process and reduces the burden of proof required to fire a bad employee.  The Merit Act passed out of committee in July and enjoys 58 congressional sponsors.  A companion bill (S. 3200) has been proposed in the Senate.

President Trump needs to hear from us on this bill, and he needs to push it.  He has already taken action to curb federal union work time abuse and faces firsthand every day the rampant problems embedded in the bureaucracy.

We have been treated to two years of in-your-face government behaving badly, but it didn’t start then.  We have a rare opportunity to fix a major problem that has been festering for decades.  Only now, when Congress is controlled by the GOP,and we have a president who is willing to do the heavy lifting on controversial issues, do we have a chance.  We cannot afford to squander it.

A Matter of Humanity

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By: Tabitha Korol

The anti-American, anti-Semitic activist jihada, Linda Sarsour, was a scheduled speaker at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), in Houston, Texas.  Last year, she called for jihad against President Trump and this year, she warns her “sisters and brothers” to avoid the trap of “humanizing” the Jews.

Born and raised in a shame-honor culture by “Palestinian” parents who made hijra to Brooklyn, New York, her messages, unsurprisingly, are directed against America and Israel.  Regarding the former, her words, “it is not our job to assimilate,” received applause from the audience.  Regarding the latter, she insists that only extermination will suffice. Her diatribe was designed to shame the attendees into vigorously supporting the Palestinian cause for the total destruction and Islamic replacement of Israel.  Any dialogue is discredited as an indication of weakness and perfidy towards Allah.  Islamic ideology specifies that holy war is a religious duty because of the universalism of the Muslim Mission and their obligation to convert everybody to Islam by either persuasion or force.  Sarsour’s purpose and rhetoric, intolerance, and death, are as old as Islam itself.

To be adequately alerted to Sarsour’s fanatical beliefs, we must familiarize ourselves with an important aspect of her culture’s vocabulary and modus operandi.  Just as the Inuit (Eskimo) people have more than 50 words for snow because that is how they live, so the Muslims have a variety of words for lying because that is how they live.  Briefly, they include:

  • Takiyya – Saying something untrue about the Muslim identity.  Mohammed used deception when he signed a 10-year treaty with Meccans, allowing him access to their city while he secretly prepared for a takeover.  From Mohammed to Saddam Hussein, promises made to non-Muslims are non-binding.
  • Kitman – Lying by omission, as when Muslims quote verse 5:32, that if anyone kills, “it shall be as if he had killed all mankind,” while omitting the rest of the mandate to murder in undefined cases of “corruption” and “mischief.”
  • Tawriya  – Intentionally creating a false impression, such as “Hiding Faith,” when Sarsour bills herself as progressive, and claims that gays, women, and religious minorities need not worry about sharia; and the deceptive Muslim outreach programs to local citizenry.
  • Muruna  – “Blending in” by secreting some practices of Islam and sharia in order to advance others. The 9/11 hijackers visited bars and drank alcohol to throw off suspicion that they were fundamentalists plotting jihad.

To the devout tyrannical Islamic belief system, where the majority of their people is kept illiterate and underdeveloped in terror- or trauma-bonding, Israel’s accomplishments and prosperity during the same 70 years (since Israel’s statehood, 1948) are seen as an affront, an ever-present reminder of Islam’s deficiency.  They are humiliated for not being self-sufficient, of relying on booty for wealth and on others, including the despised Israel, for funds, utilities, water, and jobs. In their shame-honor social order, they project the fault on others and feign ownership of what is not theirs.  This is a people that took their “Arabic” numerals from the Hindu numerical system, cryptography from Egypt, and their coveted arches from Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans.  Ignorance and envy have led to self-deception and the desire to deceive the rest of the world, like the dying Pharoah who resented others the joy of living.

The invention of the term, “Islamophobia,” is a potential game-changer.  Developed by the Muslim Brotherhood developed “Islamophobia” in the early 1900s to hide their misdeeds and to ensure that the world – the host government, protective forces, academia, and media – would never articulate their atrocities out of fear of humiliation,  so that the Islamists could seize control without having to reveal their true nature.  We have nevertheless come to understand much about their modus operandi, due to extensive research and reporting by psychoanalyst and counter-terrorism expert, Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin.  The jihadi’s accusations against others are an effort to separate themselves (splitting their persona) from their criminality, and to project onto others the terrors they acquired from their childhood.

Dalia Mogahed, a speaker at the same event, accepted no Islamic responsibility for 9/11 and blamed Americans for the excessive attacks on Muslims, yet FBI statistics show that of the 1,584 religious hate crimes registered in 2016, 54.4 percent were motivated by anti-Jewish bias.  The Religion of Peace website (on 9/11/18) lists 16 suicide blasts, 860 people killed and 804 injured in 162 attacks in 27 countries during August 2018, were committed by Muslims, and 33,825 (9/16/18) deadly terrorist attacks were committed by Muslims worldwide since 9/11/01.

Sarsour plumbed the depths of envious loathing when she admonished her co-religionists to not “humanize” Jews, ironically using a term that perfectly defines the differences between Judaism and Islam. It was Jews, some two thousand years before Islam was invented, who brought humanity to the world through monotheism when the rest of humankind lived in lawlessness and chaos.  It is expressed in the Second Commandment, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,”  and embodied today, through the Israeli IDF medics and the civilian social workers who rush to volunteer in earthquake zones, at terrorist attack sites, and in the aftermath of natural disasters like tsunamis and floods.  It is seen as Israel brings her unparalleled expertise in water technology to arid countries, helping Africans grow their own food, start schools for their children, and become self-sustaining.  And it is seen as Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, which guarantee, among others, the right of all to basic dignity.  These are the people that Sarsour considers dehumanized, imitating the Nazis in the 1930s.

The current situation necessitates an honest comparison between Islam and Judaism.

Where Judaism is empowered by moral purpose, the dignity of man and the sanctity of free will, Islam is driven by fear, vengeance, greed, and conquest, enforced by prayers issued five times daily, and dedication to an oppressive God. Within Islam, a man may decapitate the apostate, homosexual and intellectual; flog and imprison the woman who is raped; stone his wife for accusations of adultery; sell his young daughter into marriage with a sexual predator; and take up to four underage girls into the modernized, legalized slave harem, renamed “marriage.” Under Islam, girls may be deprived of schooling and hospitalization, and such funding, along with what is earmarked for research and laboratories, is more likely used to build mosques and support terrorism.

Nearly 40% of the Islamic world, mostly women of the hundreds of millions of illiterates of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation), can neither read nor write.  Under Islam, the female is so cruelly undervalued that her offspring become the severely emotionally disturbed jihadi terrorists.  These Palestinian children are exploited and trained to be fighters and suicide bombers and a recent study revealed that more teenagers are eager to take on terror attacks for suicidal greatness and glory.  Sarsour’s use of “humanity” may be explained as a trait that was never permitted to emerge.  It may be defined as “projection,” a defense mechanism, whereby the hostile traits of the speaker are attributed to another.  It allows the accuser to project (transfer) the responsibility for her people’s faults and misdeeds on the other.  It permits the Muslim to be cleared of the guilt, the toxic chaos, the blood, guts, explosives, and suicides that keep the jihadi in his (or her) maternal attachment.

This is the culture that Linda “we will not assimilate” Sarsour would impose upon America.

Of all the attributions noted by Sarsour, choosing “humanity/humanizing” is a textbook case because she knows, at least psychologically, that the Jews and Israelis are particularly motivated by moral purpose, so she paints them as the reverse.  But she is a product of her upbringing and history, and honor-bound to carry forth the mindset of lies, abuse, torture, and extermination for which Islam is known.  There is not a modicum of evidence to show any difference between Islam’s horrific past and Islam today.

Sarsour may be ignored, but the applause she received must alert us to vigilance.

Contributions to this post by Kevin O’Neil.

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