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"A referendum to end government plunder must happen."


10:00 AM 01/14/2019

The Daily Caller is taking the rare step of publishing this anonymous op-ed at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose career would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

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.

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.

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.?

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.

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.
January 15, 2019
Trump's Shutdown Trap?
By Thomas Lifson
Has President Trump suckered Democrats and the Deep State into a trap that will enable a radical downsizing of the federal bureaucracy?  In only five more days of the already "longest government shutdown in history" (25 days and counting, as of today), a heretofore obscure threshold will be reached, enabling permanent layoffs of bureaucrats furloughed 30 days or more.

Don't believe me that federal bureaucrats can be laid off?  Well, in bureaucratese, a layoff is called a RIF ? a Reduction in Force ? and of course, it comes with a slew of civil service protections.  But, if the guidelines are followed, bureaucrats can be laid off ? as in no more job.

 It is all explained by Michael Roberts here
(updated after the beginning of the partial shutdown):
( )

A reduction in force is a thoughtful and systematic elimination of positions.  For all practical purposes, a government RIF is the same thing as a layoff. ...

Organizations must stick to predetermined criteria when sorting out what happens to each employee.  They must communicate with employees how and why decisions are made. ...

In deciding who stays and who goes, federal agencies must take four factors into account:

1.    Tenure

2.    Veteran status

3.    Total federal civilian and military service

4.    Performance

Agencies cannot use RIF procedures to fire bad employees.

[quote]Keep in mind that saboteurs cannot be individually identified and RIFed, but they can be included in the layoffs if they meet the criteria above in terms of seniority and service, and they must be given 60 days' notice.  But once they are gone, they are no longer free to obstruct using the "process" as their friend, because they are gone.[/quote]

Theresa May?s Brexit plan rejected by British parliament
Published time: 15 Jan, 2019

The Brexit deal, painstakingly agreed upon with the EU by PM Theresa May last year, has ultimately flopped, as MPs said a firm no. The failure brings even more uncertainty to the fate of May?s cabinet and the whole Brexit process.

UK parliament voted down May?s Brexit plan on Tuesday by 432 votes to 202 ? a margin of 230 ? following lengthy debates on the matter. The vote was originally set to be held in mid-December, but was postponed amid fears that MPs would reject the unpopular deal between May and Brussels.

The delay failed to prompt any meaningful changes to aid the PM's cause, as it was ultimately rejected by parliament. The development comes just 10 weeks before the UK is set to leave the EU, bringing even more uncertainty to the already turbulent Brexit process.

Read More : Theresa May?s Brexit plan rejected by British parliament

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So Who IS the ENEMY ?
fyi - There are FOREIGN TROOPS IN FRANCE  ..
French Police Deploy Rifles with Live Ammunition to Yellow Vest Protests
15 Jan 2019

French riot police (CRS) are alleged to have begun deploying assault rifles with live ammunition for the first time during the ninth weekend of protest in a row by the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement.

French officers were caught on video brandishing what appeared to be Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifles on the streets of the French capital near the Arc de Triomphe on Saturday, the Daily Mail reports.

Several users on Twitter posted other pictures of officers armed with rifles, with one user claiming he had counted at least a dozen armed officers at around 3 p.m. near the famous monument.

Only a week prior to the ?Act IX? protest, former French Minister of Education Luc Ferry had seemingly endorsed the use of live ammunition on Yellow Vest protestors in an interview with French media.


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French Police Deploy Rifles with Live Ammunition to Yellow Vest Protests
French officers were caught on video brandishing what appeared to be Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifles
Breitbart - January 15, 2019

French riot police (CRS) are alleged to have begun deploying assault rifles with live ammunition for the first time during the ninth weekend of protest in a row by the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement.

French officers were caught on video brandishing what appeared to be Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifles on the streets of the French capital near the Arc de Triomphe on Saturday, the Daily Mail reports.

Several users on Twitter posted other pictures of officers armed with rifles, with one user claiming he had counted at least a dozen armed officers at around 3 p.m. near the famous monument.

Only a week prior to the ?Act IX? protest, former French Minister of Education Luc Ferry had seemingly endorsed the use of live ammunition on Yellow Vest protestors in an interview with French media.

Read more

BS needs to get to the Supremes ..
Judge Blocks Trump Admin from Adding Citizenship Question to 2020 Census
15 Jan 2019

A federal judge in New York blocked the Trump administration Tuesday from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 United States Census.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman said that while a citizenship question is constitutional, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross failed to follow the correct procedure to include it in the forthcoming census. ?Secretary Ross?s decision to add a citizenship question in the 2020 census ? even if it did not violate the Constitution itself ? was unlawful for a multitude of independent reasons and must be set aside,? Furman wrote in his 277-page opinion. ?To conclude otherwise and let Secretary Ross?s decision stand would undermine the proposition ? central to the rule of law ? that ours is a government of laws, not of men.?

The question which Ross sought to add reads: ?Is this person a citizen of the United States?? A question of such nature has not appeared on the census since 1950.

The issue of asking whether someone is a U.S. citizen on the 2020 census will likely end up in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and, ultimately, the Supreme Court. Questions about citizenship status haven?t been asked by census takers since the 1950s.

The American Civil Liberties Union joined California and New York in fighting the citizenship question on grounds that undocumented immigrants might be afraid to respond to the census, resulting in an inaccurate tally.

Tuesday?s ruling came at a time the Trump administration is raising concerns of a humanitarian crisis at the southern border and requiring $5.7 billion to build a wall. The stalemate with Congress has caused the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

Ross first proposed the citizenship question last March as a way to better enforce Voting Rights Act provisions that protect racial and language minorities from discrimination.

The administration is also facing five other lawsuits against the citizenship question, though they have not started yet.
California State opened the door to massive lawsuits against PG&E ... Now comes the Bankruptcy  .... The Wildfires were not PG&E fault ... The transmission lines run for hundreds of miles across Cal State forests that needed to be clear of the lines in case of sparks  .... 
So PG&E is blamed for the 30 Billion dollar lawsuits ....  So the powers that be will take over power transmission in California and the rate WILL GO UP >..
"Wichita Lineman" is a song written by American songwriter Jimmy Webb in 1968. It was first recorded by Glen Campbell and widely covered by other artists. Campbell's version, which appeared on his 1968 album of the same name, reached #3 on the U.S. pop chart, remaining in the Top 100 for 15 weeks. In addition, the song also topped the American country music chart for two weeks, and the adult contemporary chart for six weeks. It was certified gold by the RIAA in January 1969. Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" ranked "Wichita Lineman" at #192. It has been referred to as "the first existential country song". Music journalist Stuart Maconie called it "the greatest pop song ever composed" and the BBC referred to it as "one of those rare songs that seems somehow to exist in a world of its own -- not just timeless but ultimately outside of modern music".
"Wichita Lineman"

I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main road
Searchin' in the sun for another overload
I hear you singin' in the wire, I can hear you through the whine
And the Wichita Lineman is still on the line

I know I need a small vacation but it don't look like rain
And if it snows that stretch down south won't ever stand the strain
And I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time
And the Wichita Lineman is still on the line

[Instrumental Interlude]

And I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time
And the Wichita Lineman is still on the line

[Instrumental to end]
Geisha J. Williams (nee Jimenez, born 1961/62) is an American businesswoman. She was the president and CEO of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) from March 2017 until January 13, 2019

Geisha Williams, Presidenta de Electricidad de PG&E con empleadas de PG&E que particaporan en Hispanas Organized fo Political Equality (HOPE): Geneve Villacres, Monica Tell, Romana Prieto y Susanna Razo. Foto Cortes?a: PG&E

She was born Geisha J. Jimenez in Cuba.[3][4] At the age of five, Geisha migrated to the US with her parents, after her father, a political prisoner, was released from prison.[4] Her father worked various jobs to provide for his family and went on to own their own grocery store.[4]

She has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Miami and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.[1]

In March 2017, she became the first Latina CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
PG&E Bankruptcy Tests Who Will Pay for California Wildfires
By Ivan Penn, Thomas Fuller and Lisa Friedman
   Jan. 14, 2019

LOS ANGELES ? Pacific Gas and Electric said on Monday that it would seek bankruptcy protection as ?the only viable option? as the giant California utility faces billions of dollars in liability claims from two years of deadly wildfires.

Experts said PG&E?s predicament could be an early indicator of a wider economic toll from climate change, which is making wildfires more frequent and destructive. At the same time, the financial straits could handicap the utility?s ability to step up the kind of preventive measures it has been faulted for neglecting, like trimming trees and brush around power lines and transformers.

For Gov. Gavin Newsom, who took office last week, the bankruptcy disrupts an agenda that until now had focused on early childhood education, paid parental leave and the expansion of the state?s health care program to cover more undocumented residents.
Fire investigators determined PG&E to be the cause of at least 17 of 21 major Northern California fires in 2017. It is also suspected in some of the 2018 wildfires that have been described as the worst in state history, including one that killed at least 86 people and destroyed the town of Paradise.

PG&E said it faced an estimated $30 billion liability for damages from the two years of wildfires, a sum that would exceed its insurance and assets. The bankruptcy announcement, in a filing with federal regulators, led the company?s shares to plunge more than 50 percent.
5 Paradise Families Sue PG&E Over California's Camp Fire
Corrected, Dec. 12., 3:05p.m. ET

Following the devastating Camp Fire that broke numerous California wildfire records and pretty much burned the entire town of Paradise to the ground, 35 families from Paradise are now suing energy company Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E).

In a lawsuit filed in Butte County Superior Court, the plaintiffs allege inadequate maintenance of power equipment caused the Camp Fire and are asking PG&E to cover unspecified losses, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

State fire inspectors have not yet ruled on a cause in the Camp Fire, but the day before the Camp Fire ignited on Nov. 8, PG&E emailed a customer about ?problems with sparks? and asked for permission to access her property. In response to Fortune, a PG&E spokesperson provided this statement:

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Who names their daughter Geisha ?
The most literal translation of geisha into English would be "artist", "performing artist", or "artisan". Another name for geisha is Geiko (芸妓), which translates specifically as "Woman of Art".

Contrary to popular belief, Geisha are not the Eastern equivalent of a prostitute; a misconception originating in the West due to interactions with Oiran Japanese courtesans, whose traditional attire is similar to that of geisha.
Ms. Geisha J. Williams has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at PG&E Corporation since March 1, 2017. Ms. Williams has been Director of Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited since 2018. She served as President of Electric at Pacific Gas and Electric Company from September 15, 2015 to March 1, 2017 and served as its President of Electric Operations since August 17, 2015 until September 15, 2015.

Ms. Williams served as the President of Electric Operations at PG&E Corporation from August 17, 2015 to September 15, 2015 and served as its Executive Vice President from June 1, 2011 to August 16, 2015.

Ms. Williams served as an Executive Vice President of Electric Operations at Pacific Gas and Electric Company from June 13, 2011 to August 17, 2015. Ms. Williams served as Vice President of Distribution - Florida Power & Light Company at NextEra Energy, Inc. She served as Senior Vice President of Energy Delivery of Pacific Gas and Electric Company from December 1, 2007 to May 31, 2011. Ms. Williams has been Director of PG&E Corporation since May 2017.

Ms. Williams joined PG&E in 2007. She also oversees the integration of new smart grid technologies, led PG&E's planning and response to emergencies and natural disasters and overseen enterprise project governance.

She served Florida Power and Light Company, where she worked for nearly 25 years. She served as Vice President of Distribution for Florida Power & Light Company of FPL Group Inc. She served as Vice President of Power Systems, Distribution, responsible for asset management and planning, engineering, construction, maintenance and restoration for the entire electric distribution infrastructure serving 4.4 million customers. She held a variety of positions in customer service, marketing and distribution operations. She has been Director of Pacific Gas and Electric Company since August 22, 2015. Ms. Williams holds a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
PG&E Chief Executive Geisha Williams leaves as utility readies for possible bankruptcy

By Staff and wire reports
Jan 13, 2019 | 9:30 PM

The largest wildfire in state history claimed another victim on Sunday: one of the most powerful women in corporate America.

Geisha Williams, chief executive of PG&E Corp., stepped down from the troubled San Francisco-based company, which is on the brink of bankruptcy due to tens of billions of dollars of damages it could be forced to pay.

Williams, 57, has run the company since March 2017, during which time PG&E has faced a string of both natural and self-inflicted blows that have marred the utility?s reputation and financial health.

Oh you voted - NOT!   .... ( the way we wanted you too .... )  So lets make threats ,,,
Theresa May urges MPs to support her Brexit deal in last-ditch plea
CNN Digital Expansion 2017. James Griffiths
By Bianca Britton and James Griffiths, CNN
January 15, 2019

 (CNN)Brexit might never happen if lawmakers vote down the deal the British government has negotiated with the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Monday.

Making a last-minute plea to save her beleaguered deal, May warned that a rejection in parliament on Tuesday could destroy people's trust in politics, lead to the reversal of Brexit and even the breakup of the United Kingdom.

May urged lawmakers to take a "second look" at her deal, and warned that historians would judge them harshly if they didn't support it.

Secret Societies / Re: Bill Cooper- It's not the Jews
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Ron Perlman Explodes on GOP: ?You Are the KKK Party? ?F*ck You?
14 Jan 2019

Actor and outspoken leftist Ron Perlman exploded on the Republican Party Monday, calling them the ?KKK party? in an unhinged rant.

?Hey Kevin McCarthy! Ted Cruz! Steve Scalise! How dare you suddenly start condemning the Nazi that is Steve King when you?ve been cheering him on for his entire embarrassing career! You are the KKK party. Own it muthaf__kas! And one more thing?F___K YOU!? Ron Perlman said.
Ronald Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is an American actor and voice actor. He played the role of Vincent on the television series Beauty and the Beast (1987?1990), for which he won a Golden Globe Award, the comic book character Hellboy in both Hellboy (2004) and its sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008), and Clay Morrow on the television series Sons of Anarchy (2008?2013).

Ronald Perlman[1] was born in Washington Heights, New York. His mother, Dorothy (n?e Rosen), (1921-2018) was a municipal employee, and his father, Bertram "Bert" Perlman, (1919-1969) was a jazz drummer and television repairman.[2][3] Perlman said in 1988, "It was not a bad childhood but I had a perception of myself that was ... I was terribly overweight as a young kid, and it was sort of a low self image."[4] He cited this experience as one thing that attracts him to roles where he portrays "these sorts of deformed people who are very endearing".[5] His parents are Jewish (their families were from Hungary and Poland). Perlman had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.[6][7][8]

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A History of Steve King?s Racist Remarks
By Trip Gabriel
    Jan. 15, 2019

While some Republicans suggested the Iowa congressman?s views were new to them, Mr. King has a long and documented history of denigrating racial minorities.

Representative Steve King of Iowa, who was stripped of his House committee seats on Monday night after making remarks defending white supremacy, has a long history of racist comments and insults about immigrants.

Republicans rarely rebuked him until recently, with some suggesting that Mr. King?s language and views were new to them.

?This just popped up on Friday,? Representative Steve Scalise, the second-ranking House Republican, said on Sunday, when asked if the party would penalize Mr. King for saying, in an interview with The Times, ?White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization ? how did that language become offensive??
Yet Mr. King, who won a ninth term in November, ...
Rep. Steve King denies supporting white nationalism, supremacy after New York Times report
Robin Opsahl, Des Moines Register Published 9:40 a.m. CT Jan. 10, 2019

Rep. Steve King denied allegations that he supports white nationalism and white supremacy Thursday after a recent New York Times article tied the controversial Iowa Republican to further white nationalist rhetoric.

?White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization ? how did that language become offensive?? King said in an interview with the Times. ?Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization??

King responded in a news release Thursday condemned white nationalist and supremacist ideologies.

"I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology that they define," King said. "Further, I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives."

King also said he still identifies as "an advocate for Western civilization?s values" and a "Nationalist."
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