USA 2024 Elections Thread

grarpamp grarpamp at
Fri Sep 16 15:32:36 PDT 2022

Democrats desperate to keep Republicans out engage
in purely politcal lawfare... the USA should be ashamed...

Democrats Are Trying To Trump-Proof The Government In Case He Wins In 2024

Is this what a party does when it can’t keep voting on articles of impeachment?

It’s been almost two years since former President Donald Trump’s
defeat, yet House Democrats have managed to build an entire
legislative agenda around Trump Derangements Syndrome.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee alone has been firing away
Trump-obsessed legislation, as Democratic sponsors for bills on the
Census, civil service, and whistleblower protections all cite Trump as
a key part of the justification for the proposals. The common line
connecting all the bills is to curb executive power that should be in
the hands of an elected president and enhance the power of unelected
and largely unaccountable bureaucrats.

Three of the bills that began in the oversight panel cleared the House
Rules Committee this week to move to the House floor.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is clearly real. To be clear, it’s not
necessarily better or worse than Trump sycophancy. Americans–whether
serving in public office or everyday working stiffs–should never base
their life around idolatry of or seething hatred for one prominent
leader. But, of course, that has happened with Trump. I suppose
polarizing is a shorter way to put it, but that term seems so trite.

Anyway, the anti-Trump side is presently being more ridiculous and
pettier. If Trump sycophancy becomes a legislative agenda, I’ll
reconsider that judgment.

The silliness of it all is that Trump might be the only Republican–at
least top tier Republican–who could lose to either Joe Biden or Kamala
Harris in 2024. While that’s questionable, House Democrats are
advancing bills through committee as if they think he’s a sure thing
come January 2025 – or water down a second Trump term as much as
possible by weakening presidential authority.

Also, some of the bills are based on silly anti-Trump conspiracy
theories. The bills would effectively politicize executive branch
agencies that shouldn’t be.

HR 8326, dubbed the Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act would make
it more difficult for a president to fire a Census Bureau director,
while also granting the director broad new authorities to conduct
statistical sampling. It would expand the number of Census Bureau
employees with civil service protections. It also constrains future
censuses from inquiring about citizenship–which could favor Democrats
for enumeration and apportionment.

When the oversight committee advanced the bill in July, committee
Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., complained about the “Trump
administration’s illegal efforts to weaponize the Census Bureau for
political gain.”

House Oversight Committee Democrats Reps. Gerald Connolly of Virginia
and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania co-sponsored H.R. 302, dubbed
the Preventing a Patronage System Act. The theory is that if Trump is
elected, he would eliminate the civil service system and return to a
spoils system.

The press release for the bill references Trump’s final months in
office, when he signed an executive order creating a “Schedule F”
category of federal employees.

The order determined that career employees with civil service
protections involved with “policy-determining, policy-making, or
policy-advocating” positions that are “not normally subject to change
as part of a presidential transition” could be more easily removed for
insubordination, which was a problem during the Trump administration.

This would affect a maximum 50,000 federal employees out of the 2.2
million federal workforce. That’s far from a patronage system.

The Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act, or H.R. 2988, certainly
is a more innocuous sounding name, since many Republican lawmakers
love whistleblowers that rat out Democrats. But this bill practically
encourages bad actors in the federal workforce to simply engage in
meritless accusations–thus abuse the legal whistleblower protections.
Whistleblowers have significant legal protection now. But the bill
would create a new legal veil around whistleblowers and enshrines
whistleblower anonymity in all situations.

Connolly, the Virginia Democrat, said the bill comes  “in the wake of
the Trump administration’s assault on whistleblowers.”

Maybe considering the record of the Biden administration, Democrats
feel they should keep reminding voters of Trump. Perhaps it makes good
fundraising letters for these politicians to tell Democrat donors they
are still sticking it to the bad orange man.

Still, one must wonder: if Trump had decided to fade from public life
like most presidents, what in the world would hold Democrats together?

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