Congress Should Be Ashamed – Democrats and A Few Republicans Are Holding the Appointments Hostage

Congress Should Be Ashamed – Democrats and A Few Republicans Are Holding the Appointments Hostage. This is a disgrace and shows a disrespect for the United States, for the duly elected President, for the Citizens, and for the Constitution. The ones who are the greatest perpetrators of this asinine and childish display seem to be senior politicians who are certainly well past their prime and only attempting to keep themselves valid.

Their continued resistance fuels the fires of anger from the people of this country who see behind every word, deliberate act, or childish rant the truth – there is a determined effort by those in power and behind the scenes to destroy our country and government in order to usher in a country under socialist leadership and without borders.

What they are doing is dangerous, anti-American, a threat to national security, and distinctly seditious, treasonous acts which will soon have to be addressed if it does not stop.

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Nearly 75 percent of political DoD jobs are empty, but does it matter?

Defense News
by Aaron Mehta
February 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s Pentagon team is slowly taking shape, with 27 non-career spots, including that of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, now being filled by new appointees — but a significant number of spots remain open.

In response to an inquiry from Defense News, Michael Rhodes, director of administration for the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, said 27 empty jobs have been filled as of Feb. 13. In addition, there are 16 holdovers from the Obama administration, including Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and the three acting secretaries of the military departments.

Each administration sets the number of political appointees, but for comparison, the Obama administration had 160 political slots in the Pentagon at the time of the transition.

Put another way, roughly 75 percent of political appointee jobs inside the Department of Defense remains vacant three weeks into the Trump administration.

How much of an impact that has on day-to-day operations, however, is unclear. While some worry that the open positions could create roadblocks to important planning and development initiatives such as the next budget or the Nuclear Posture Review ordered by Trump in his first week in office, others point out that the DoD is uniquely suited to deal with a lack of political appointees thanks to a strong civilian workforce and uniformed leadership.

In the latter camp is Arnold Punaro, a retired Marine general and former staff director on the Senate Armed Services Committee, who said the Pentagon “is very different that some of the domestic agencies like [the Environmental Protection Agency] and Labor [Department] where the incoming Administration has major policy changes they want to effect and you need confirmed people throughout to make these changes occur.

“That is not the case in the Pentagon as Secretary Mattis can direct the changes that are required prior to being fully staffed and those below his level will obey,” Punaro added. “DOD is not missing a beat. They will get the supplemental to OMB; they will complete the FY 18 budget in a timely fashion; they will conduct the reviews of OSD organizations and military strategy and other requirements from the NDAA.”

Of the more than 50 Senate confirmable spots, only Mattis has even had a hearing, let alone a vote. That is a concern to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, who said he wished President Donald Trump’s team would put forward more names, even while blaming Democratic opposition for the use of stalling tactics in the confirmation process.

McCain has told reporters he wants the administration to nominate senior Pentagon nominees “as soon as possible” so the Senate committee can consider them. The Arizona Republican specifically called out the deputy secretary and under secretary for acquisition, technology and logistics jobs as one he feels are “key.”

When it comes to the Senate confirmable spots, Punaro notes the timetable between nominations and confirmations has increased “steadily” since the days of the Kennedy administration, saying it is now normal to take nine to 10 months for candidates at the lower-level positions to get confirmed.

Read the article HERE.

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The Department, headed by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, is not only in charge of the military, but it also employs a civilian force of thousands. With over 1.3 million men and women on active duty, and 742,000 civilian personnel, we are the nation’s largest employer. Another 826 thousand serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces. More than 2 million military retirees and their family members receive benefits. (Wikipedia)

Looking at an Organizational Chart for Department of Defense is an exercise in patience and determination.  Figuring out who is in what position, why, who they answer to, and so on is very complicated. Suffice it to say there are many positions of which the upper management is generally politically appointed and approved by Congress. Since the Democrats have been so determined to halt the approval process, agencies and heads of agencies in the Executive Branch are starting to feel the stress just a bit.

The Department of Defense has a complex organizational structure. It includes the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and the Unified combatant commands, U.S. elements of multinational commands (such as NATO and NORAD), as well as non-combat agencies such as the Defense Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. The DoD’s annual budget was roughly $496.1 billion in 2015. This figure is the base amount and does not include the $64.3 billion spent on “War/Non-War Supplementals”. Including those items brings the total to $560.4 billion for 2015. Nor does it include the amount of goods, equipment, and funds that a President manipulates for projects overseas or at home.

For any interested, Panel 4 from 2016 Reagan National Defense Forum discusses and debates reforming vs rebuilding the Defense Department. There are a few good takeaways from the discussion.

 

 

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I call BS on the rotten apple meter for such delays, especially ones some want to take months to fill not weeks.

Let Mattis choose some he trusts for positions and have Trump add their names right now.  If Trump puts his trust in the ones he appoints for positions, then THEY should have the right to bring in people whom they believe will be trustworthy and capable. Get them confirmed and if things don’t work out then change them.  

Frankly as the days are progressing, it is becoming obvious that having patriots, conservatives, and constitutionalists ready to fill positions as fast as possible as Obama’s “spy zombies” are marched out the door is far preferable to allowing our nation to sink into the bog of chaos or have our national security compromised.

In the case of agencies like DoD, where there are way too many appointees, it is time to tighten the belt, reduce redundancy and merge groups anyway. It is also reasonable that “under, under secretaries” should be Military personnel not civilian. After all consider what just happened with the contract labor who were caught redhanded stealing secrets. DoD is too critical to war and safety of troops and homeland for this to happen.

In the video above, in particular the point was well made about supplying the military.  Before we talk about reforming or rebuilding, get our troops up to war-ready status on their basic needs. No more speeches, no more promises, ACTION and “shall do” attitude are required. Show us results not the cheesecake in the sky.

BEFORE another ship rolls off the drydock, before another plane is brought on deck, make sure the basic equipment and essentials for the soldiers, sailors, and fliers are met. Now that Obama can no longer shuffle weapons, equipment, and ammunition to his “friends”, plug the black market holes in the military supply chain, move ammunition and equipment out of the departments and agencies who have no need for them and then buy what is necessary to equip our military soldiers and officers. 

But what do I know, I am no longer a federal employee and am retired.  Still those who are paying taxes ought to be demanding that congress members get on with THEIR jobs and earn their pay. While you are at it, how about a congressional procedure for both chambers that limits the time to be confirmed to no more than four weeks from start to finish.

That is get the members of Trump’s cabinet confirmed and DO THE JOB YOU WERE SENT TO WASHINGTON TO DO – or go home!

As for those pesky Demwits, Uniparty, and RINOS, perhaps it is time to flood media with THEIR follies, peccadilloes, and corrupt acts – patriot blog sites and bloggers! If there needs to be a media war on truth versus exaggerated, malicious tripe — let the games begin. Perhaps we need to ALL concentrate on a couple of the “mighty” each week and shed some light on their activities.

–Uriel–

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9 Responses to Congress Should Be Ashamed – Democrats and A Few Republicans Are Holding the Appointments Hostage

  1. Popular Front says:

    If those positions are vacant, three weeks into a new administration, it suggests that they are not particularly vital so, ABOLISH THEM!

  2. Hardnox says:

    It’s all kabuki theater as both sides pander to their base and follow the orders of their benefactors. What’s going on here is borderline criminal. These asshats were elected to do a job. Now do it.

    Lastly, McConnell could end this crap if he chose to.

    • Uriel says:

      I agree it’s mostly theatrics. But I have been surprised at some of McC’s new found twig spine. How do you mean he could end it? Cause some is Trump wanting to choose all positions? Tillerson and others have butted heads on this already. Wasn’t that one reason given for Security Advisor backing out besides family? Those already in pipeline I could see McC pushing.

      • Hardnox says:

        There are Senate rules that he can use to end this charade and put these appointments on the fast track. No doubt he is using the situation to garner special conditions for his benefactors behind the scenes which tells me that Trump isn’t offering any.

  3. malenurseken says:

    They need to be put in swamp drain

  4. Navyvet says:

    If the Trump Administration can get ahold of the rampant corruption and voter fraud by 2018 most of these assholes will be out of office….and holefully in jail.

    • Uriel says:

      I don’t know if he can write an EO on this NavyVet BUT I think he can approach states through his demand for accountability. This may be an Amendment needed to define citizenship and addressing anchor babies.