With dozens of people shot and 12 killed, the city of Chicago saw another violent weekend — the totals included a mother’s third and last-living child, after the first two fell victim to Chicago violence in years previous.
Nine of those shot this past weekend were juveniles.
It is a staggering statistic, with 41 different shooting incidents occurring between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday. WGN reported that since Jan. 1, 203 children — 17 and under — have been shot in Chicago, with 35 of those children killed.
Patricia Pearson lost her third child this weekend, as reported by the Sun Times — her 12-year-old daughter was injured in a 1995 shooting and later died in a car accident, her 26-year-old son was killed in a 1999 shooting, and her last child, Venyon Fluckers, a father of three, was murdered this weekend.
“My heart is heavy. He was my last baby,” said Pearson, 67, to the Sun Times who hasn’t seen justice in her other children’s shootings. “This time I want to know what happened. And I’m trusting and believing and hoping police will do their job and find out.”
Despite the gruesome violence tearing apart Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is spending her time fretting over President Donald Trump’s proposal to send in federal help to ease the violence.
Instead of accepting the much needed help, the mayor said she has “great concerns” with regard to federal agents.
“We don’t need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the street and holding them I think unlawfully,” Lightfoot said to NBC5. “That’s not what we mean.”
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown felt differently about the federal assistance.
“We will take any and all help and we’ve made numerous requests for titularly in our efforts to address the mid level and upper level criminal networks, drug and gang networks and we have great relationships with our local federal partners and we hope to continue that to address some of the things that are happening,” Supt. David Brown said at a Monday press conference, adding that he doesn’t “do politics.”
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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency
In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.
Key points of the situation include:
Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.
Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.
Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.
Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.
Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”
Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.
Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.
In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.
Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.
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