Do you remember, before Trump even took office, his transition team had circulated an unusual 74-point questionnaire at the Energy Department that requested the names of all employees and contractors who had attended climate change policy conferences, as well as emails and documents about the conferences? That wasn’t a veiled threat. That was letting everyone know, “We’re going to find you, if you have a nasty habit of believing and promoting facts!” The Energy department refused to follow through on this at the time, but the cold winds were already blowing.
From department to department any mention of global warming has been or is being sanitized from public view, or silenced either through administrative correction, or more subversively, by reassigning career federal employees or flat out firing them. Scientists have been diminished or removed. Positions left vacant. Front office bureaucracies have been installed to distance career employees from the chain of command and from doing their work. Little fiefdoms have been erected.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, aside from his penchant for hobnobbing with the oil business and using tax payer dollars to support his lifestyle, has proven to be an Asshole of the first order. How big an asshole? Please click this link and watch the video:
Where there was once order and firm directives, we now find uncertainty and even fear. What am I supposed to be doing? What facts am I allowed to mention? Who will be reassigned? Who will be canned?
Our Federal Departments have so thoroughly changed course from the Obama Administration, that their entire philosophy and ways of doing business are rewritten to the exact polar opposite of what career employees had been working on for years. The Justice Department has gone from protecting the public against voter suppression, to arguing for state’s rights to enact voter suppression laws. The Interior Department, from protecting our lands to promoting their use by big business. The Education Department, from supporting public schools to cutting their budget and, instead promoting a private voucher system. The EPA from using good science to protect our health and welfare, to not even believing in science. The Military from accepting the LBGT community, to being forced to remove them. The haphazard Muslim Ban that threw customs and immigration into turmoil, the toying with the stability of our healthcare system, threatening and arguing with individual states and the continual court cases being filed….and on and on…. imagine how destabilizing this ceaseless crap is to our Federal Government. And this is just some of the domestic stuff, none of the International fiascos. Dear lord.
There is also the destabilizing effects of employee turnover and the incredible amount of vacancies in our government. Top level staff fired already:
Tom Price: Secretary of Health and Human Services
Sebastian Gorka: Deputy assistant to the president
Steve Bannon: Chief strategist and senior counselor
Anthony Scaramucci: White House communications director
Reince Priebus: White House chief of staff
Sean Spicer: White House press secretary
Mike Dubke: White House communications director
James Comey: FBI director
Mike Flynn: National security adviser
Sally Yates: Acting attorney general
George Sifakis: director, Office of Public Liaison
Ezra Cohen-Watnick: senior director for intelligence programs, National Security Council
Michael Short: senior press assistant
Walter Shaub: director, Office of Government Ethics
Vivek Murthy: surgeon general
Katie Walsh: deputy chief of staff
“Mr. Trump has been exceptionally slow in nominating people to serve in leadership positions below the secretary level, according to a New York Times analysis. Mr. Trump has announced 38 percent of these positions.
It is also true that Mr. Trump has taken longer to nominate these senior officials. Many departments have only one confirmed position — the top job. Ten of the 15 cabinet agencies are operating without a deputy secretary, the second highest job in an agency.”
“President Trump has roughly 1,100 top-tier positions to fill across his administration. So far, he’s nominated only 111 of them. No president in modern history has fallen so far behind in naming heads of agencies, assistant secretaries, ambassadors and other critical leadership roles that require Senate approval.”
The administration has only nominated 10 ambassador-level positions, including the cabinet-level position of ambassador to the United Nations , former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley. There are 188 posts in total and 61 of those remain vacant with no nominees. But…I think Newt Gingrich’s wife finally has secured that all important Vatican Ambassadorship. : )