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BLM says Biden sending more military equipment ‘to our neighborhoods’ than Trump



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On Tuesday, shortly before the Derek Chauvin verdict was announced, the organization Black Lives Matter said that President Joe Biden “is currently sending more military equipment to our neighborhoods than” former President Donald Trump did.

The statement was part of a thread urging people to sign a petition demanding “that Biden demilitarize our neighborhoods” and end the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO), known as the 1033 Program. BLM’s statement came as the nation and the world waited with bated breath for the historic verdict of former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin, who was ultimately convicted Tuesday on all charges of murder and manslaughter in the May 2020 death of George Floyd.

“Biden’s first 100 days are up in 10 days. By then we need him to #End1033, which transfers military equipment into the hands of police across the country– including school & campus police,” BLM tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Another example? The military you see out on your streets ahead of the Chauvin verdict.”

“Biden is currently sending more military equipment to our neighborhoods than Trump did. You read that right,” the organization added. “Our communities are being terrorized at a greater rate than they had been under Trump.”

According to the LESO’s website, the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 1997 from which the program originates “allows transfer of excess Department of Defense property (equipment) that might otherwise be destroyed to law enforcement agencies across the United States and its territories,” including to school law enforcement.

Furthermore, the program since its founding has transferred more than $7.5 Billion worth of property, according to its website. In Fiscal Year 2020 alone, a reported $252 Million worth of property (based on initial acquisition cost) was transferred to law enforcement agencies, of which more than 8,000 law enforcement agencies have enrolled in the program.

According to BLM’s petition, “the flow of military equipment to police under the 1033 Program has accelerated under the Biden administration” and “based on recent reporting, police might just receive even more military equipment under the Biden administration than they did with the Trump administration.” The organization could be referring to the reported plans of Biden to bring back Obama-era restrictions governing the transfer of military equipment to police on January 26 that never happened, which the Security Reform Policy Institute believes is the result of reported lobbying from the the National Association of Police Organizations.

The petition argues that “military-style weapons and equipment have no place in our streets,” communities, schools, or campuses, adding that “they especially have no place in the hands of police — violent upholders of white supremacy that have no regard for Black life.”

The effort calls on the president to end the 1033 Program, which BLM said enables and upholds white supremacy, “with the stroke of a pen” before his first 100 days are up.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency



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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.

Information in this article was retrieved from Fox News.

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