Gillette seems to be taking the Nike route to advertising. Cynical to use hot button social issues to generate buzz around your name, but I suppose its just the way things are done now. Gotta get your fame somehow!
I was sorely disappointed to hear of the somewhat marginal recovery of the notable ossified remains of RBG. Tough of bird I guess. I knew an old woman like her once. Democrat as the day is long, tough and sweet as can be on the surface. Death got her too.
Heh, didnt take long for this to get fired up… Personally Id like to think that we have been to the moon but who knows?
She looks like she just saw a cross! The memery will be strong with this one for many years to come…
Im really enjoying the shutdown. Seeing the useless eaters squirming at the thought of having to pay bills without the taxpayers forced generosity is a delight to behold! Even better is the notion that these same blights on humanity will have to pay interest on loans taken out by the very banksters that they serve while trying to saddle the rest of the populace with slavery!
Keep is shut. I hear the various agencies are doing just fine without the deadwood. Keep it shut. Maybe the stupid bastards on furlough will follow the route of the oh-so-noble Gestapo, uh, I mean TSA agents and resign in favor of finding work elsewhere.
While I posted the link earlier, I will here post, in its entirely, the article from the Daily Caller:
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As one of the senior officials working without a paycheck, a few words of advice for the president’s next move at shuttered government agencies: lock the doors, sell the furniture, and cut them down.
Federal employees are starting to feel the strain of the shutdown. I am one of them. But for the sake of our nation, I hope it lasts a very long time, till the government is changed and can never return to its previous form.
The lapse in appropriations is more than a battle over a wall. It is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good.
On an average day, roughly 15 percent of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country. I wish I could give competitive salaries to them and no one else. But 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results. If they don’t feel like doing what they are told, they don’t.
Why would they? We can’t fire them. They avoid attention, plan their weekend, schedule vacation, their second job, their next position — some do this in the same position for more than a decade. (RELATED: diGenova and Toensing: Judge Napolitano Is Wrong On The Law and The Facts)
They do nothing that warrants punishment and nothing of external value. That is their workday: errands for the sake of errands — administering, refining, following and collaborating on process. “Process is your friend” is what delusional civil servants tell themselves. Even senior officials must gain approval from every rank across their department, other agencies and work units for basic administrative chores.
Process is what we serve, process keeps us safe, process is our core value. It takes a lot of people to maintain the process. Process provides jobs. In fact, there are process experts and certified process managers who protect the process. Then there are the 5 percent with moxie (career managers). At any given time they can change, clarify or add to the process — even to distort or block policy counsel for the president.
Saboteurs peddling opinion as research, tasking their staff on pet projects or pitching wasteful grants to their friends. Most of my career colleagues actively work against the president’s agenda. This means I typically spend about 15 percent of my time on the president’s agenda and 85 percent of my time trying to stop sabotage, and we have no power to get rid of them. Until the shutdown. (RELATED: Has Twitter Stopped verifying Fox News staffers?)
Due to the lack of funding, many federal agencies are now operating more effectively from the top down on a fraction of their workforce, with only select essential personnel serving national security tasks. One might think this is how government should function, but bureaucracies operate from the bottom up — a collective of self-generated ideas. Ideas become initiatives, formalize into offices, they seek funds from Congress and become bureaus or sub-agencies, and maybe one day grow to be their own independent agency, like ours. The nature of a big administrative bureaucracy is to grow to serve itself. I watch it and fight it daily.
When the agency is full, employees held liable for poor performance respond with threats, lawsuits, complaints and process in at least a dozen offices, taking years of mounting paperwork with no fear of accountability, extending their careers, while no real work is done. Do we succumb to such extortion? Yes. We pay them settlements, we waive bad reviews, and we promote them.
Many government agencies have adopted the position that more complaints are good because it shows inclusion in, you guessed it, the process. When complaints come, it is cheaper to pay them off than to hold public servants accountable. The result: People accused of serious offenses are not charged, and self-proclaimed victims are paid by you, the American taxpayer.
The message to federal supervisors is clear. Maintain the status quo, or face allegations. Many federal employees truly believe that doing tasks more efficiently and cutting out waste, by closing troubled programs instead of expanding them, “is morally wrong,” as one cried to me.
I get it. These are their pets. It is tough to put them down and let go, and many resist. This phenomenon was best summed up by a colleague who said, “The goal in government is to do nothing. If you try to get things done, that’s when you will run into trouble.” (RELATED: If Ginsburg Retires, Democrats Have A Trump Card — Packing The Supreme Court)
But President Trump can end this abuse. Senior officials can reprioritize during an extended shutdown, focus on valuable results and weed out the saboteurs. We do not want most employees to return, because we are working better without them. Sure, we empathize with families making tough financial decisions, like mine, and just like private citizens who have to find other work and bring competitive value every day, while paying more than a third of their salary in federal taxes.
President Trump has created more jobs in the private sector than the furloughed federal workforce. Now that we are shut down, not only are we identifying and eliminating much of the sabotage and waste, but we are finally working on the president’s agenda.
President Trump does not need Congress to address the border emergency, and yes, it is an emergency. Billions upon billions of hard-earned tax dollars are still being dumped into foreign aid programs every year that do nothing for America’s interest or national security. The president does not need congressional funding to deconstruct abusive agencies who work against his agenda. This is a chance to effect real change, and his leverage grows stronger every day the shutdown lasts.
The president should add to his demands, including a vote on all of his political nominees in the Senate. Send the career appointees back. Many are in the 5 percent of saboteurs and resistance leaders. (RELATED: New Facts Indicate Mueller Destroyed Evidence, Obstructed Justice)
A word of caution: To be a victory, this shutdown must be different than those of the past and should achieve lasting disruption with two major changes, or it will hurt the president.
The first thing we need out of this is better security, particularly at the southern border. Our founders envisioned a free market night watchman state, not the bungled bloated bureaucracy our government has become. But we have to keep the uniformed officers paid, which is an emergency. Ideally, continue a resolution to pay the essential employees only, if they are truly working on national security. Furloughed employees should find other work, never return and not be paid.
Secondly, we need savings for taxpayers. If this fight is merely rhetorical bickering with Nancy Pelosi, we all lose, especially the president. But if it proves that government is better when smaller, focusing only on essential functions that serve Americans, then President Trump will achieve something great that Reagan was only bold enough to dream.
The president’s instincts are right. Most Americans will not miss non-essential government functions. A referendum to end government plunder must happen. Wasteful government agencies are fighting for relevance but they will lose. Now is the time to deliver historic change by cutting them down forever.
The author is a senior official in the Trump administration.
My opinion is that, like the Q phenomenon, I dont care if its real or not. The thinking behind it is solid, the questions it raises are useful, and the solutions are worthy.
Listening to the news yesterday on the way in a local station mentioned the shutdown over ‘Trumps insistence on the wall funding’ and I immediately thought to myself that even for a nominally conservative station they still have the narrative wrong. The insistence is on the Hive side over refusal to build the damned thing!
A new term is starting to enter the lexicon I think: man-scolding. No explanation needed.
I wonder how sales are of Shakespeares ‘Taming of the Shrew’ lately… I admit Ive never read it, nor do I have any interest in doing so, but the mere title should be enough to trigger just about any appendage of the Hive…
So here is the question I have: if a red flag order results in someone heretofore sane being given a label, whats to stop them from deciding on the spot to go ahead and make that stand…? Followup question: how many armed government workers (h/t Eric Peters) are pondering that same question?
Once more unto the Gillette propaganda: while I have not seen the ad, nor do I intend to, I assume that all the toxic masculinity is displayed by white males whilst any male shown to be trying to stop it is OTW (other than white). Just a hunch…
Good for now, more later…