On Thursday’s episode of “The Sara Carter Show,” Fox Business host Lou Dobbs explained the Trump presidency and its historical significance, saying President Trump entered the White House a critical time. Trump’s entrance into politics certainly shook up the political establishment of both Republicans and Democrats running the show in Washington, D.C., Dobbs told host Sara A. Carter.
“It’s about a man who arrived at the perfect moment in history, to do what had to be done to save this country’s destiny and to restore our greatness as a nation. I after years, and I’m referring to both political parties, years of leadership that was not always in alignment with our national interest, and with the needs and the interests of the American people and the American working man and woman, this president chose the perfect, perfect time in history, to step forward or go down that escalator to announce his candidacy,” Dobbs said.
He added, “He (Trump) has changed everything. People may not even realize that for 20 years preceding President Trump’s decision to run for president, we had stagnant wages in the middle class. Now the middle class, right is the bedrock of this nation. It’s where the American Dream resides most brightly, it is so critical to all that we are and identify as, as Americans, it is where we look to if we aspire to the middle class, it’s where we look to, to, to arrive, and from which we hope that we will launch the next generation to do even better than we do.”
Lou Dobbs recently published his book on the Trump presidency titled, “The Trump Century: How Our President Saved the Course of History Forever.” Click here to purchase his book.
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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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