Congress Could Target Individual Civil Servants, Programs

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First, there was the incoming Trump Administration’s effort to identify individual civil servants at the Energy Department who had participated in climate change work. The Trumpies backed down after officials told them to stuff it, but now those very officials could be at risk for doing so.

House Republicans this week reinstated an arcane procedural rule that enables lawmakers to reach deep into the budget and slash the pay of an individual federal worker — down to $1 — a move that threatens to upend the 130-year-old civil service.

The Holman Rule, named after an Indiana congressman who devised it in 1876, empowers any member of Congress to propose amending an appropriations bill to single out a government employee or cut a specific program.

The use of the rule would not be simple; a majority of the House and the Senate would still have to approve any such amendment. At the same time, opponents and supporters agree that the work of 2.1 million civil servants, designed to be insulated from politics, is now vulnerable to the whims of elected officials….

In light of recent inquiries by the Trump transition team about a list of Energy Department scientists who have worked on climate change, advocates for federal workers say they worry that bureaucrats could be targeted for political reasons.

Jeffrey Neal, former personnel chief at the Department of Homeland Security and now a senior vice president at ICF International, said the rule “creates a lot of opportunity for mischief.”

I know conservatives like to envision taking America back to a simpler time of smaller government and all that other stuff, but 18-fraking-76? What’s next? Spittoons? Wood-burning locomotives? A revival of Vaudeville?

The implications are pretty scary. Some member of Congress doesn’t like an individual at NASA or a specific program they’re working on, he can bring the full might of Congress down on this person. Their program goes away and their salary is cut to nothing.

These bozos in Congress are simply not smart enough to start micromanaging federal agencies. Congress is dysfunctional enough as it is without adding to the list of responsibilities.

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  • Cautiously Happy Malatrope

    It sounds as though Trump is doing everything I would like him to do. We’re obviously done, here, Doug. You don’t need to keep replying to me, I’m gone. Let it go.

  • Douglas Messier

    > You don’t need to keep replying to me

    Thanks. I’m glad I have your permission to do that.

  • Kapitalist

    Two years from now no one will even remember your faked Marxist “scientific” doomsday fraud (no more than anyone remembers your equally failed “the ice age is coming” fraud in the 1970s) . I understand that you are upset, because who will you be able to support yourself when US tax payers stop feeding you? You better figure out a way to survive outside of the climate panic scam. Rats smarter than you are already leaving your sinking ship. Don’t be the last in line, is my good advice to you personally!

  • Kapitalist

    Two years from now no one will even remember your faked Marxist “scientific” doomsday fraud (no more than anyone remembers your equally failed “the ice age is coming” fraud in the 1970s) . I understand that you are upset, because how will you be able to support yourself when US tax payers stop feeding you? You better figure out a way to survive outside of the climate panic scam. Rats smarter than you are already leaving your sinking ship. Don’t be the last in line, is my good advice to you personally!

  • Malatrope

    See? You can’t let go. I’m blocking you so you won’t clutter up my notifications queue. Congratulations! This is the first time I’ve had to block an actual owner of a blog!

    Bye.

  • Paul451

    Two years from now no one will even remember your faked Marxist “scientific” doomsday fraud

    You’ve made this claim before, and I asked you to put money on it. What are the terms of your bet?

    (no more than anyone remembers your equally failed “the ice age is coming” fraud in the 1970s)

    I also showed you that this claim is false. Yet you persist in repeating it.

  • Kapitalist

    I was indoctrinated in school about the doomsday of the imminent ice age when I went to elementary school. And now children are fooled with lies about the opposite climate doomsday. The doomsday and the alleged need for concentrating everyone’s money to rich incompetent political elite is the only part of the story that is always the same.

    The psychopathic fraudster Al Gore’s lies in the 1990s about we suffering by the deluge by now, are soundly scientifically disproven. Your just need to take a look out of the window once to see that. Climate science has by its own forecasts proven itself totally incapable of giving any useful input to any kinds of economical or political decision making. How can you not accept total failure even when it is in your face? You are only making it worse for yourself by keeping on lying.

    The lie that climate doomsday is the only truth is exactly as failed as the Marxist lie that Stalinism is the only way to heaven on Earth. It is about time to learn a lesson instead of only repeating the fraudsters vulgar lies about the eternally arriving doomsday every day of the week. The doomsdayers were totally partisan and lost the election, the voters don’t want any more of it. Accept it! We can deal with climate changes without any new Soviet state abolishing all industry, all energy, all transportation and all agriculture. We always have.

  • Paul451

    I’m still waiting for you to put your money where your mouth is.

    You have repeatedly claimed that in two years, climate-change researchers will abandon the field. That’s a simple, testable result.

    So how much are you willing to bet?

  • Kapitalist

    I’m waiting for your God, Al Gore, who claim that his Soviet politics is “The Only Science Truth” to put his monies where his lying mouth is, You promised me 20 years ago that everyone will be dead today, if we didn’t abolish all industry, abolish all energy, abolish all transportation, abolish all agriculture and other evil human activity that destroys the weather. You were wrong. You failed. You are a loser.

    The smart rats are already jumping from the sinking climate fraud ship. Already this year all climate panic parasite organizations will have ceased to exist.

  • Paul451

    You are repeatedly making the claim that climate change researchers will abandon climate-change research within 2 years. Now you are saying that climate change “organisations” will cease to exist within 12 months.

    You are making that claim.

    I am willing to make a wager with you over your claim.

    But you refuse.

    Because you are a pathetic coward.

  • Kapitalist

    Your God, Al Gore, promised that both I and you are dead today because his doomsday is the only True Science Politics. How do you imagine that we make a wager here? I don’t like to make wagers with severely mentally retarded fraud victims like you, but if you insist… You could buy put options on everything, since you have Science Truth-proved that nothing of it can exist any more. I’m on the other side of that trade.

    Here an illegal video clip with Ridley explaining how human CO2 emissions have been the best thing humanity ever did to preserve the wildlife on Earth.
    https://youtu.be/j5M1qtN62yk

  • Paul451

    Coward. You rant and rave and foam at the mouth. But when called on it, you are unwilling to put your money where your mouth is.

  • Kapitalist

    Is this a betting site? How do you specifically mean that we would make a wager?
    You don’t even pretend to mean what you write here. You are a troll.

  • Paul451

    How do you specifically mean that we would make a wager?

    The same way people have for thousands of years.

    You made the claim of 2yrs, and now 12months, so what odds are you offering?