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Up to 25,000 National Guard troops to be in D.C. on Inauguration Day



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Following last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, at least 25,000 National Guard troops will be in the nation’s capital for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next Wednesday to bolster security, the National Guard Bureau (NBG) confirmed on Friday.

“The Defense Department has agreed to provide up to 25,000 service members to support the Presidential Inauguration National Special Security Event […] led by the U.S. Secret Service,” an NBG news release reads. “The Department of the Army and the National Guard Bureau are working on a sourcing solution now to support this request.”

National Guard troops will pour in from all 50 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia to take part in this massive security operation.

This development comes after Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy on Thursday authorized up to 21,000 National Guard troops from across the nation to help law enforcement with security for the January 20 event, according to the NGB. The final number of troops will be set by the Secret Service.

Ever since a mob violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the amount of Guard troops in Washington has steadily increased. Reporter Jennie Taer has been on the ground in Washington and has confirmed that to be the case.

“I observed the National Guard deployed to the Capitol on Thursday,” Taer told this reporter. “They lined the fence that’s been put up to secure the grounds. I also spent time on Friday with the Pennsylvania National Guard here in D.C. They were at least a mile from the Capitol and were directing traffic, only allowing those with essential worker and business paperwork to pass through to the roads that are right now closed to the public.”

The Capitol riot resulted in the deaths of five people. In its aftermath, the Pentagon was criticized for not taking the threats of extremists seriously enough that day, only having 340 unarmed Guard members in Washington. Many comparisons have been drawn to this summer’s racial justice protests and riots in the nation’s capital, which saw the National Guard act quickly and aggressively in arresting and dispersing people.

Thousands of Guard troops have been securing the city in the lead-up to Biden’s inauguration, with them stationed around the U.S. Capitol and other vital places.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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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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