If All You See…

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29 Responses to “If All You See…”

  1. Jethro says:

    Way to go, trump.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/01/04/while-federal-workers-go-without-pay-senior-trump-administration-officials-are-poised-get-raises/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.1270a46f96d5

    While Federal Workers Go Without Pay, Senior trump Administration Officials are Poised to Get $10,000 Raises

    While many federal workers go without pay and the government is partially shut down, hundreds of senior Trump political appointees are poised to receive annual raises of about $10,000 a year.

    The pay raises for Cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Pence are scheduled to go into effect beginning Jan. 5 without legislation to stop them, according to documents issued by the Office of Personnel Management and experts in federal pay.

    In related news, tRump threatens to declare a national emergency to force taxpayers to pay for The Wall.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/congressional-leaders-meet-at-white-house-as-shutdown-stances-harden

    From the Authoritarian’s Handbook:

    Declare National Emergency – check
    Stop paying workers, while giving pay raises to own staff – check

    If he arrests President Obama and declares martial law, he’ll be like Vladimir!

    • david7134 says:

      Jeff,
      More on the subject, this shutdown is caused by them Dems. Why not get them moving? Then the Dems are playing games with our security, so Trump is going to have to be the adult and do something, I am sure you agree.

      • Jethro says:

        Surely you don’t agree with furloughing 400,000 workers, forcing another 400,000 to work without pay while giving administration elites $10,000 pay raises.

        How soon before the 400,000 forced to work for no pay say no way.

        I’m sure the Dems will approve a bill every day to open the government. What they won’t do is negotiate with a terrorist holding the nation hostage. tRump could do something adult such as funding the government and negotiating border security with the legislative branch. tRump’s ideas are not even good, much less the best. Nearly 60% of Americans oppose his Wall. Anyway, Speaker Pelosi did agree to a compromise – 1 dollar for The Wall.

        • formwiz says:

          I’m sure Jeffery made this little speech when Zippy shut down the government.

          How soon before the 400,000 forced to work for no pay say no way.

          And they’ll be saying it to Pelosi Galore.

          As of right now, america seems to be cool with the feds shut down. The only ones losing their minds are Jeffery and his little voices.

          Nearly 60% of Americans oppose his Wall.

          Which Fake News poll is that? It certainly isn’t reflected in the note of panic creeping into Chuckie’s voice or the dour looks on Hoyer and the Dick From IL.

          The markets don’t think so, either. Up 750 points.

        • david7134 says:

          Jeff,
          Sorry, the Dems own this. As to Federal workers, don’t give a flip.

          • Jethro says:

            dave,

            Pelosi and Schumer maneuvered tRump into taking credit for the Trump Shutdown. It was on television.

            “I will take the mantle,” Trump said of blame for a shut down. “I will be the one to shut it down.”

            “If we don’t have border security, we’ll shut down the government,” Trump said, taunting Pelosi. “Nancy’s in a situation where it’s not easy to talk right now”

            Do you recall tRump saying he would be “proud” to shut it down?

            Do you recall tRump saying he would not blame anyone else?

            Today tRump said HE would keep it shut down for months or years.

            Of course, the US-hating far-right would be happy to see the US federal gov’t collapse.

        • Dana says:

          I certainly agree with ‘furloughing’ 400,000 federal workers. Actually, I support laying them off completely and eliminating their positions. If they are ‘non-essential,’ then we don’t need them on the payroll in the first place.

    • formwiz says:

      Declare National Emergency – check
      Stop paying workers, while giving pay raises to own staff – check

      Notice little Jeffery has a copy of the Authoritarian’s Handbook at hand.

      Of course, those pay raises were part of a bill passed 5 years ago. Congress could stop it, but where is Pelosi Galore?

      Or Occasional Cortex?

      Trump also says the government could be shut down for months. Or a year.

      Imagine how many non-essential jobs could be IDed and eliminated.

      • Jethro says:

        from the OPM memo you cited:

        In the current absence of Congressional guidance the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) believes it would be prudent for agencies to continue to pay these senior political officials at the frozen rate until appropriations legislation is enacted that would clarify the status of the freeze. Following Congressional action to provide clarity on this matter, the OPM will put forward new guidance conforming fully to the Congressional action, including any necessary adjustments. This memo supersedes the guidance OPM issued on this topic in CPM 2018-23 on December 28, 2018.

        Regarding “non-essential”… one example is a Con Man bete noir, i.e., SNAP, where Con Men say who gives a f#ck if poor kids don’t eat… unfortunately that’s several billion dollars taken out of the economy of grocery stores. And hope you’re not looking forward to a timely tax refund. And sure, you hate the TSA, but let’s hope it’s not your airliner blown up, or your flight canceled from lack of personnel.

        • formwiz says:

          What OPM believes and what’s good policy are two different things.

          SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits

          So they just give advice. Plenty of social workers out there at all levels can do the same.

          As for the TSA, they have yet to catch anybody, they’ve stolen all kinds of goodies from people (Ann Coulter being the best known), their policies are a PC joke, and they’ve allowed 95% of “terrorists”, complete with weapons and explosives, through on dry runs.

          Back before Terrible Tiny Tommy Daschle got his way, The Blonde and I flew to HI and, at the Honolulu Airport, security was the 442nd RCT, most decorated unit of WWII, and sharp as ever. Give me some of those guys over the kabuki of TSA any day.

  2. david7134 says:

    Jeff,
    So what, can’t understand what you are concerned about. After all, Obama destroyed our health care system and you loved that, even though you have no understanding.

  3. Jl says:

    “The US hating far right..”. While J is rarely if ever correct, he’s always good for laughs….https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/01/03/democrat-spending-bill-offers-12-billion-more-for-foreign-aid-0-for-border-wall/

  4. formwiz says:

    Pelosi and Schumer maneuvered tRump into taking credit for the Trump Shutdown. It was on television.

    That’s why Trump said, “Nancy’s in a situation where it’s not easy to talk right now”.

    And we know anything on TV is authentic.

    Pelosi Galore and Chuckie could end this tomorrow if they wanted. Clearly, they don’t. All they have to do is send the bill to the Senate. McConnell adds funding and it goes to committee.

    the US-hating far-right would be happy to see the US federal gov’t collapse.

    Because non-essential offices and functions are closed? How does the government collapse if all the non-essential stuff is shut down?

    It’s because we love this country we want to see the socialist elements purged from the government. We love the government set forth in the Constitution.

    You’re the ones who want to destroy it with a lot of cockamimi amendments.

  5. Jethro says:

    Draining the Swamp #4,276 & Elections Have Consequences #102,592:

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Smithsonian museums are closed. There are no federal staffers to answer tourists’ questions at the Lincoln Memorial. And across the United States, national parks are cluttered with trash.

    Yet despite the federal government shutdown, a historic clock tower at the Trump International Hotel remained open Friday for its handful of visitors, staffed by green-clad National Park Service rangers.

    “We’re open!” one National Park Service ranger declared around lunchtime, pushing an elevator button for a lone visitor entering the site through a side entrance to ride to the top of the 315-foot-high, nearly 120-year-old clock tower.

    The Trump administration appears to have gone out of its way to keep the attraction in the federally owned building that houses the Trump hotel open and staffed with National Park Service rangers, even as other federal agencies shut all but the most essential services.

    • david7134 says:

      Jeff,
      Wow. I mean such a hardship. By the way, the TSA is being effected as well. Now there is a worthless bunch for sure. Have yet to see a consequence of the Dem shutdown. See jeff, we support you.

      • Jethro says:

        So you’re OK with tRump keeping park service personnel working to make the tRumps money while cutting services at the national parks?

        Doesn’t that strike you as elitist and hypocritical? No, of course not, ’cause tRump.

        • david7134 says:

          Jeff,
          You are being funny, this is the business of your Dems., not Trump. Winning. MAGA.

        • formwiz says:

          Nobody is even going to notice until May.

          But, if we’re talking elitist and hypocritical, let’s talk about Pelosi Galore’s jaunt to HI while all the Federal workers were starving.

      • formwiz says:

        TSA is hit by the shutdown?

        Oh, joy. Be still, my beating heart.

        My wife has a titanium implant in her knee and documentation it isn’t a bomb, but still gets strip-searched while all the Moslems in their Larry of Arabia outfits are passed without question.

        Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch.

    • gitarcarver says:

      You left out the critical part.

      Amanda Osborn, a spokeswoman for the General Services Administration, which owns the building and leases it to the Trump Organization, said in an email that the shutdown exemption for the comparatively little-known clock tower was “unrelated to the facility’s tenant” — the Trump business. The agency says the law that put it in charge of the site obligates it to keep it open, even as federal Washington closes around it.

      Gee, wonder why you left that out?

      Could it be that you hate Trump more than you hate the truth?

      All the left has is hate.

      • formwiz says:

        Funny how you can find the lie if you’re willing to dig just a little.

      • Jethro says:

        Gee, a member of the tRump administration covers for her boss. You also reminded all that the GSA leased our property for 60 years to the tRump organization, to their economic benefit. The new Congress will soon look into that likely unconstitutional sweetheart deal.

        All you have is abject loyalty to tRump. The question is, Why? Are you a Russian agent?

        • formwiz says:

          I remember when Willie suborned his secretary to cover for him. And a spokesbabe for the GSA isn’t part of the Trump Administration, she’s a Federal employee (yet another of Jeffery’s lies).

          You also reminded all that the GSA leased our property for 60 years to the tRump organization, to their economic benefit.

          Our?

          The voices in your head own property? Whoda thunk? Care to provide the date when the deal was made?

          I can. 2014.

          Jeffery lies. All the time.

          • Jethro says:

            Our? You’re not an American? My apologies.

            And Don Juan tRump is not the head of the government? Good to know.

            The US government leased US property (our!) to the tRump Organization in 2014. So what? The tRump Org is making money off it. DJ tRump is still part of the tRump Org.

            Try to keep up.

            You lie.

    • formwiz says:

      Wow, I can hear the masses screaming.

      Well, it is non-essential. Much like Jeffery.

  6. Jethro says:

    https://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/trump-border-shutdown-wall-brandon-judd-security-13506870.php

    The attention-whore-in-chief trumped up a “press conference” flanking himself with skinheads, reinforcing his campaign promise that white men need to keep brown men in Mexico.

    tRump mocks his supporters daily. How little he thinks of you…

    • formwiz says:

      Shinheads?

      A bunch of bald 50 year olds in suits? In the immortal words of Daffy Duck, “Oh, boy, that’s rich, I’ll say. Oh, it is to laugh”.

      And most legal Hispanics favor the wall, 5 to 3.

      Idiot Boy needs to stop getting stuff out of the same rag that ran the piece 10 years ago by the guy cumming all over himself telling the world Zippy was a Lightworker.

  7. formwiz says:

    Our? You’re not an American? My apologies.

    And Don Juan tRump is not the head of the government? Good to know.

    The US government leased US property (our![when they ask your consent because it’s yours, by all means let us know]) to the tRump Organization in 2014. So what? The tRump Org is making money off it. DJ tRump is still part of the tRump Org.

    It’s not our property, it’s the Federal government’s and they will be glad to inform you if they think you’re trespassing. Sorry, this is not Red China where everything is called the People’s until they actually want to use it.

    And the Trump outfit is not making money off it. They own the hotel on the property they bought. They make money off the hotel.

    And, clearly, I’m a real American, unlike you, Commie that you are.

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