Saturday, February 11, 2017

Yes They Can (Or At Least, They've Made a Good Start)

I see more and more news about this sense of dread among Federal employees, even of a Federal bureaucrat resistance movement, Alt-Gov types who are subversively undermining the Trump Administration in all sorts of ways. Like this:
But there’s another level of resistance to the new president that is less visible and potentially more troublesome to the administration: a growing wave of opposition from the federal workers charged with implementing any new president’s agenda.

Less than two weeks into Trump’s administration, federal workers are in regular consultation with recently departed Obama-era political appointees about what they can do to push back against the new president’s initiatives. Some federal employees have set up social media accounts to anonymously leak word of changes that Trump appointees are trying to make.

And a few government workers are pushing back more openly, incurring the wrath of a White House that, as press secretary Sean Spicer said this week about dissenters at the State Department, sends a clear message that they “should either get with the program, or they can go.”

Getting with the program may be a problem for some of my fellow feds, but I know of at least one group of civil servants who are unquestionably WITH the program, and that's the nation's Border Patrol and Immigration Agents. Their employee unions put out a joint press release to state just how enthusiastically they are on the Trump Train:
As representatives of the nation’s Frontline immigration officers and agents responsible for enforcing our laws and protecting our borders, we fully support and appreciate President Trump’s swift and decisive action to keep the American people safe and allow law enforcement to do its job. We applaud the three executive orders he has issued to date, and are confident they will make America safer and more prosperous. Morale amongst our agents and officers has increased exponentially since the signing of the orders. The men and women of ICE and Border Patrol will work tirelessly to keep criminals, terrorists, and public safety threats out of this country, which remains the number one target in the world – and President Trump’s actions now empower us to fulfill this life saving mission, and it will indeed save thousands of lives and billions of dollars.

Supportive, appreciative, confident, and of exponentially improved morale. The working levels of the Border Patrol and ICE sound like they could not possibly be more happy with the change in administrations. This week's surge of immigration raids - or routine enforcement actions, if you like - seems to be proof of that.


Anonymous said...

TSA = Tons Smuggled Aboard

Anonymous said...

TSB: Wikileaks Exposes CIA Involvement In French 2012 Presidential Election

You would think news like this would have reached the fake news outlets by now. And since the CIA has been interfering in foreign elections since forever how about discussing CIA involvement in US elections?? We know Hillary won all the states that don't have paper ballots
against Bernie but HOW did she do it? They probably just shifted their support to Trump at the last minute. Some people clearly made a killing in Vegas because the bookies were all wrong gwb

TSB said...

GWB: That TSA smuggling ring out of Puerto Rico goes back like 20 years, so well before there even was a TSA. Makes you wonder what goes on in airports. Good point about the election odds; hey, did the Russians make a killing in Vegas?

Anonymous said...

TSB: I like this Robert Steele guy who has been with the CIA since the 70's, wrote the original CIA procedure manual and still works for them as a contractor and instructor. His bottom line is that the CIA does dirty work for the big banks, the President and the FBI. He says the dirtiest job they do is blackmailing members of congress to keep them from stepping out of line.

In this video he explains how Trump got to be President by accident because the CIA withdrew their "ballot rigging" from Hillary at the last minute. gwb