Government Under Trump Is Grinding To A Halt, Neilsen’s Termination Makes One More Unfilled Post Out Of Hundreds

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You may recall Donald Trump on the campaign trail talking about government and about how he “alone could fix it.” Yep, he’s the only one. Let’s take a look at the record, shall we, of just what Trump hath wrought. New Civil Rights Movement:

With Kirstjen Nielsen’s ouster there is no Secretary of Homeland Security, no Secretary of Defense, no Secretary of the Air Force, no U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, no Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director, no Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator, no Secretary of the Interior, no Administrator of the Small Business Administration, no Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director, no Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator, and no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner.

This is staggering. This is simply stunning, and yet this is the new normal in the Crazytown that is the Trump administration. While Trump obsesses on throwing red meat to his base, which is largely what the Nielsen termination was about, and tweets, the government is not staffed and it’s not being run. We are almost three years in to this administration, and a lot of the broad brush strokes of governance have yet to be done.

Not convinced America is in crisis yet?

Think about this.

At the Dept. of Defense, 25% of key positions as of April 1 remain unfilled, according to The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service. At the State Dept., that number jumps to 39%. Homeland Security: 44%.

Granted, some percentage of those are nominated and awaiting Senate confirmation, but if Democrats are holding them up, there’s reason to believe it’s the quality of the nominee that’s the problem, given Trump’s record.

As The Post notes, there are currently 140 key positions requiring Senate confirmation for which the Trump administration has never nominated anyone.

Trump simply is not up to the task of doing the job he was elected to do. This has been apparent since square one. When Trump was elected and went to the White House for briefings, even he said that he “didn’t realize the job was so big.” Trump is an ego running riot. He knows he can’t do the job, he doesn’t even like the job, but his ego won’t allow him to do what any decent man would do, which is to admit error and step aside. It’s debatable whether he would even step aside and not seek re-election. Don’t hold your breath for that one. Trump wants to keep the facade of leadership going. He wants the rallies, the screams of the supporters. That’s his drug. The fact that he can’t give them anything in return is inconsequential.

The bottom line is that America is more vulnerable than she has ever been and God forbid we are attacked, it could be truly catastrophic. We have to win in 2020. America can’t take much more of this neglect. Government is an engine, and like any fine tooled machine, it must be maintained, it must be serviced. What we have going on now, is government set out to pasture, like a junker, to mold and rot. We don’t need another four years of this, we’re going to be lucky to get into the White House and fix what’s already been damaged. And that will take years. Trump and his cabal of crooks are like termites, once they get into the foundation, good luck. We need to fumigate before the damage becomes irreparable.

 

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27 Comments on "Government Under Trump Is Grinding To A Halt, Neilsen’s Termination Makes One More Unfilled Post Out Of Hundreds"

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Cmae
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We are on the knife’s edge. People are talking about where candidates stand on this or that, to be honest, I don’t care about these things right now. They differ on policies, we know that. What is important above all is obliterating the GOP, and Trump. That is it. We don’t have the luxury to be upset if someone made a speech at wells Fargo, or whatever. Seriously, how do some not get this? I am not worried about our candidate doing the right things. We need to focus on who will be the best person to beat Trump, end… Read more »
Bareshark
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Some people will always be idiots about these things, Cmae. And that would be true even if we were plowing through a nuclear winter. I think some of the more extreme folks on our side of the political spectrum want to use this as an opportunity to make all their dreams come true. Like the old line from Queen goes, they want it all and they want it now. But purity is useless if you want to actually win. It’s why I never trusted Bernie nor his followers.

Cmae
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Exactly.

Bareshark
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As I read this and also contemplate Nielson’s rehabilitation tour, I find myself flashing onto the Jerry Sohl-penned episode of the original Twilight Zone “Living Doll”: “My name is Talky Tina and I don’t forgive you.” What has been done to us has turned out to be beyond our worst nightmares in too many ways. No one should ever forgive what has been allowed to happen. The understaffing is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s likely reined in most of the destruction Trump and Co could have done otherwise. On the other hand, it leaves in possibly the… Read more »
jan4insight
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No kidding. And yet, I find it hard to want to see these positions filled, knowing that the occupant will only appoint the worst of the worst of humanity to these tasks. It’s a devil’s choice – is more harm being done by not filling the position, or by filling it with someone whose only directive is to destroy?

Cmae
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Seems like both are true Jan. I hope you are doing well. (Cmae)

mvgal92691
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Hi Jan.

Denis Elliott
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It’s a weird feeling, knowing how not having the govt. properly staffed screws up important things (including national security) yet given how awful so many of those Trump has gotten into place have screwed things up. Once again I think of my old jarhead pal R.D.’s Kentucky humor regarding having “Mixed feelings – like seeing your mother-in-law drive over a cliff in your brand new car.”

Logically I realize we are in a situation of lesser of two evils, but damned if I can’t figure out which is the worse evil.

SuzC
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It’s the difference, perhaps, between complete neglect and intentional destruction.
Republicans are all about intentional destruction of the Republic as they think only they should live in it and do not seem to understand they too will die. I do not understand them.

HollyValera
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Not to wish ill on anyone, but insofar as the current government dysfunction goes, it seems to me a cascade of serial disasters–natural, national security, economic or what-have-you–isn’t just inevitable, but may very well finally spur that idiot traffic cone’s supposedly impregnable base to wake the hell up. Nothing like what Mao called a “rice-bowl” issue to jolt people into awareness, even more so when their own desperate needs are casually dismissed by politicians they themselves elected. When a dam gives way in coal country and floods it with toxic waste; when another major storm system devastates the heartland that’s… Read more »
Shockwave
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It has been going on for a long time and it’s going to get worse. Trump will blame everyone except himself. The US government may grind to a halt. Or worse, the dictator wannabe may keep it going alone.

SuzC
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This is accurate/brilliant: America can’t take much more of this neglect. Government is an engine, and like any fine tooled machine, it must be maintained, it must be serviced. What we have going on now, is government set out to pasture, like a junker, to mold and rot.

Candy
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Im 68 years old. I quess if I was younger this idiot would scare me. Ive lived thru some incredible Presidents. Im scared for our kids and grandkids with this one.

Candy
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Lets Pray this evil man will be stopped soon.