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patriot45
11-13-2009, 09:35 AM
Oooh, looks like a purge (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Obama-to-weed-out-Bush-political-appointees-who-careered-in-Establishes-new-political-test-for-career-jobs-69858442.html) of anyone who might not goosestep!




Obama to weed out Bush political appointees who careered in; Establishes new political test for career jobs .

John Berry, President Obama's director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), has issued a new directive that is clearly designed to weed out any Bush administration political appointees who "careered-into" the civil service.

The directive also effectively establishes a partisan political factor in hiring for career civil service positions in the federal bureaucracy. Berry's agency oversees the federal government's 1.9 million career civil servants.

The OPM was created during the Carter administration to replace the old Civil Service Commission, which was once headed by Teddy Roosevelt in his pre-White House days. The career service was intended to end the spoils system in which federal jobs were used by presidents to reward supporters.

In double-speak language that would make a Soviet apparatchik blush, Berry justifies his directive as merely an attempt to prevent political interference of the career civil service:

"Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.

"OPM will review these proposed appointments to ensure they comply with merit system principles and applicable civil service laws. I have delegated decisionmaking authority over these matters to career Senior Executives at OPM to avoid any hint of political influence."

In fact, federal agencies have long been required to secure OPM approval before filling a career position with an individual who came into the federal government as either an executive branch political appointee or a congressional staff member. And career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees at OPM have always been involved in the agency's review of such proposed hires.

So Berry is literally saying nothing new while presenting it as if it is new. What is actually new, however, is Berry's subtle introduction of a partisan political standard in the process under the guise of a time limit:

"In no case may an agency make an appointment of the type described below without written authorization from OPM
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RedState.com's Erick Erickson also sees an Obama effort to purge the federal government's workforce of all Bush political appointees and former Republican staffers from Congress. Erick notes that "no one is allowed to stand in the way of Barack Obama’s agenda, including his own bureaucracy. This is what happens in third world kleptocracies and totalitarian regimes."

As Erick adds, "this is scary stuff."

GrumpyOldLady
11-13-2009, 11:24 AM
VERY scary stuff indeed!!
And yet his supporters continue to make excuses for him.

AmPat
11-13-2009, 04:12 PM
VERY scary stuff indeed!!
And yet his supporters continue to make excuses for him.

I used to believe the lemmings on the left would not "get it" until we were clearly moved to Socialism-Marxism completely through their policies. Now I don't believe they will get it at all. Even those who wake up and say "what the H###?" will blame Conservatives for the shift to totalitarianism.:cool:

bionryslorpor
11-14-2009, 09:03 AM
For the record, Im not a fan of Obama.

But a question to Americans here: who do you feel less ashamed of, Bush or Obama?

Apache
11-14-2009, 10:57 AM
For the record, Im not a fan of Obama.

But a question to Americans here: who do you feel less ashamed of, Bush or Obama?R U 4 real :rolleyes:

NJCardFan
11-14-2009, 11:08 AM
For the record, Im not a fan of Obama.

But a question to Americans here: who do you feel less ashamed of, Bush or Obama?
No intelligent person with a sense of objectivity would ever feel ashamed of Bush. Only leftist ideologues are ashamed of Bush. History will look kindly at his term, mark my words. He didn't start going down hill until the Dems retook control of both houses of congress IMO. I'm not ashamed of Obama either. Probably because everything he's done is no surprise to me. Now go back to the DU where you belong.

3rd-try
11-14-2009, 11:10 AM
For the record, Im not a fan of Obama.

But a question to Americans here: who do you feel less ashamed of, Bush or Obama?

Please go ahead and present your views on how you feel this is a serious question.

GrumpyOldLady
11-14-2009, 11:51 AM
For the record, Im not a fan of Obama.
But a question to Americans here: who do you feel less ashamed of, Bush or Obama?
Bush did nothing to be ashamed of.
He failed at a few things - like he failed to secure the borders and he spent too much.
But he isn't even close to making the mess that obama is.
AND .. Bush listened to the Generals in the war zone .. Obama, who is nothing more than
a street hustler from Chicago, thinks he knows war and the military better than the
generals. He's vile.

3rd-try
11-14-2009, 01:19 PM
Just one example: Obama promised transparency. Yet he attempts to ram bills through the process as not to give even the law makers time to read them, much less "we the people". Is there some logic to explain why you'd believe anything he says after this?

Look at his czars. Look at his trusted advisers. Do these people represent your political vision of what this country should be? Going back to his past associations with Wright, Ayers, etc. These were voluntary associations. Do you willingly surround yourself with people who you're in stark political disagreement with? I strongly suspect, neither does Obama.

Obama avoided specifics during his campaign and presidency to date. Does the phrase "hope and change" satisfy your requirements as a workable and meaningful policy?

stsinner
11-14-2009, 05:57 PM
For the record, Im not a fan of Obama.

But a question to Americans here: who do you feel less ashamed of, Bush or Obama?

Obama is a Socialist that is selling out America and making us look weak before the world, cowing to our enemies and badmouthing us all over the world..

President Bush was a man of great character and did what he said and didn't bow down to the third world heathens that tried to scare us. He was accused by the moonbats of lie after lie, but as you see they have no grounds for any of it, or it would be in court.. Don't hold your breath. None of that nonsense is taken seriously by anyone with common sense.

Of course I'm more ashamed of a president who campaigned on an empty message and sailed into the White House on a wave of white guilt an black opportunism with the hope that he would stick it to whitey for making America the greatest nation in the world and the place where people from every country in the world want to live. tOH wait.. That didn't make much sense... Why is he badmouthing us when we can't keep people out? That's odd.

He's appointed tax cheat after tax cheat and made more apologies for those people than you can shake a stick at, all the while condemning President Bush who didn't have one such incident or appointment. Obama has surrounded himself with crooks, racists, domestic terrorists and anti-American preachers his entire adult life. He is one of the most unsavory characters ever in politics. It's really a very profound lesson in the ignorance of voters and the refusal of his voters to admit their mistake even in the face of insult after insult, flip-flop after flip-flop and enemy smooch after enemy smooch...

lacarnut
11-14-2009, 06:37 PM
For the record, Im not a fan of Obama.

But a question to Americans here: who do you feel less ashamed of, Bush or Obama?

You lie, and if shit was brains, you would not get a smell.