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  • Ignorance – Perversion and Truth

    Ignorance – Perversion and Truth

    HISTORY HAS SHOWN FOR OVER 200 YEARS

    THAT OUR LEGISLATORS HAVE BEEN GUILTY OF NOT POSSESSING ENOUGH INFORMATION TO PERCEIVE THE IMPORTANT TRUTHS

    THOMAS JEFFERSON , 25 NOVEMBER 1817
    DOCUMENTED, JAN 18, 2017

    Pelosi: Pass Health Reform So You Can Find Out What’s In It

    www.usnews.com/…/pelosipass-health-refor…

    U.S. News & World Report

    Mar 9, 2010 – Pelosi: Pass Health Reform So You Can Find Out What’s In It … Add House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the list. Speaking Tuesday to the 2010 …
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    HISTORY HAS SHOWN FOR OVER 200 YEARS

    THOMAS JEFFERSON, 25 NOVEMBER 1817
    DOCUMENTED, JAN 18, 2017

    WHEREAS IT APPEARETH THAT HOWEVER CERTAIN FORMS OF GOVERNMENT ARE BETTER CALCULATED THAN OTHERS TO PROTECT INDIVIDUALS IN THE FREE EXERCISE OF THEIR NATURAL RIGHTS, AND ARE AT THE SAME TIME THEMSELVES BETTER GUARDED AGAINST DEGENERACY, YET EXPERIENCE HATH SHEWN, THAT EVEN UNDER THE BEST FORMS,

    THOSE ENTRUSTED WITH POWER HAVE, IN TIME, AND BY SLOW OPERATIONS, PERVERTED IT INTO TYRANNY….

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    1. A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, 18 …

    As part of his work in revising the laws of Virginia during the late 1770s and early 1780s, THOMAS JEFFERSON PUT FORTH A BILL THAT HAS BECOME ONE OF HIS MOST ENDURING WORKS ON THE SUBJECT OF EDUCATION: Bill 79, “A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge.” Its oft-quoted preamble reads as follows:

    THOMAS JEFFERSON, 25 NOVEMBER 1817

    MY HOPES HOWEVER ARE KEPT IN CHECK BY THE ORDINARY CHARACTER OF OUR STATE LEGISLATURES,  THE MEMBERS OF WHICH DO NOT GENERALLY POSSESS INFORMATION ENOUGH TO PERCIEVE THE IMPORTANT TRUTHS, THAT KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, THAT KNOWLEDGE IS SAFETY, AND THAT KNOWLEDGE IS HAPPINESS.”

    DONALD J. TRUMP AND AMERICAN VOTERS

    DID PERCEIVE THE IMPORTANT AMERICAN TRUTHS ABOUT KNOWLEDGE, SAFETY, POWER,PERVERSION INTO TYRANNY OBAMA CARE, EDUCATION, AND HAPPINESS.

    NO LONGER ARE OUR AMERICAN HOPES KEPT IN CHECK.

    DONALD J. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT ELECT AND INAUGURATION DAY IS JAN 20, 2017

    THE CHARACTER OF THE REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS AND HIS CABINET PICKS

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    For the General Diffusion of Knowledge  and truth.

    Responding to stories of the day (fake news etc.)

    Sean Spicer

    Press Secretary and Special Assistant to the President

    Appointed

    Mr. Spicer was the longtime spokesman for the Republican National Committee and top aide to Mr. Priebus. Mr. Spicer will be the face of the White House, framing messaging, responding to stories of the day and briefing the press.

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    JAN 18, 2017 UPDATING 2015 POST

    Knowledge is Power 1597-1817-2015

    Posted on November 11, 2015 3:00 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    1. A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge, 18 …

    As part of his work in revising the laws of Virginia during the late 1770s and early 1780s, Thomas Jefferson put forth a bill that has become one of his most enduring works on the subject of education: Bill 79, “A Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge.” Its oft-quoted preamble reads as follows:

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    Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms,

    those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny;

    AND IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE MOST EFFECTUAL MEANS OF PREVENTING THIS WOULD BE, TO ILLUMINATE, AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE, THE MINDS OF THE PEOPLE AT LARGE,

    AND MORE ESPECIALLY TO GIVE THEM KNOWLEDGE OF THOSE FACTS, WHICH HISTORY EXHIBITETH, THAT, POSSESSED THEREBY OF THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHER AGES AND COUNTRIES, THEY MAY BE ENABLED TO KNOW AMBITION UNDER ALL ITS SHAPES, AND PROMPT TO EXERT THEIR NATURAL POWERS TO DEFEAT ITS PURPOSES;

    And whereas it is generally true that that people will be happiest whose laws are best, and are best administered, and that laws will be wisely formed, and honestly administered, in proportion as those who form and administer them are wise and honest; whence it becomes expedient for promoting the publick happiness that those persons, whom nature hath endowed with genius and virtue, should be rendered by liberal education worthy to receive, and able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens, and that they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth or other accidental condition or circumstance; but the indigence of the greater number disabling them from so educating, at their own expence, those of their children whom nature hath fitly formed and disposed to become useful instruments for the public, IT IS BETTER THAT SUCH SHOULD BE SOUGHT FOR AND EDUCATED AT THE COMMON EXPENCE OF ALL, THAN THAT THE HAPPINESS OF ALL SHOULD BE CONFIDED TO THE WEAK OR WICKED:
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    The Bill was presented in the House of Delegates in 1778 and 1780, but was not passed; James Madison presented the bill several more times to the state legislature while Jefferson was serving in Paris as Minister to France. A much-revised version was finally passed into law in 1796 AS AN “ACT TO ESTABLISH PUBLIC SCHOOLS.”
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    Federal Role in Education – US Department of Education

    www2.ed.gov/about/overview/fed

    United States Department of Education

    Feb 13, 2012 – This page discusses the role of the U.S. Department, providing a … About ED OVERVIEW. The Federal Role in Education Overview. Education is primarily a State and local responsibility in the United …. Welcome to ED.gov …

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    The Federal Role in Education 2011-2012
    EDUCATION IS PRIMARILY A STATE AND LOCAL RESPONSIBILITY IN THE UNITED STATES. It is States and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and colleges, develop curricula, and determine requirements for enrollment and graduation.

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    The bottom line

    IT IS BETTER THAT “SUCH” SHOULD BE SOUGHT FOR AND EDUCATED AT THE COMMON EXPENCE OF ALL, THAN THAT THE HAPPINESS OF ALL SHOULD BE CONFIDED TO THE WEAK OR WICKED.

    NO LONGER ARE OUR AMERICAN HOPES KEPT IN CHECK.

    DONALD J. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT ELECT AND INAUGURATION DAY IS JAN 20, 2017

    AND, BY THE CONFIRMATION AND CHARACTER OF THE REPUBLICAN LEGISLATORS AND TRUMPS CABINET PICKS


  • Scams and Lies to American Citizens

    The WA DC Establishment’s, Democrat and Republican  Scams and Lies to American Citizens

    There is no left or right  there is  just WRONG. period

    SCAM BY DEFINITION a dishonest scheme, a fraud, swindle. cheat, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull; con, fleece, shaft, hose, sting, bilk, diddle, rook, gyp, finagle, bamboozle, flimflam, , sucker, stiffhornswoggle

    U.S. GOVERNMENT SCAMS ON AMERICAN CITIZEN’S,  BY THEIR VERY NATURE ARE COMMITTED BEHIND MY BACK, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

    JAN 2009 – 2017 OBAMA’S, DEMOCRAT’S ADMINISTRATION AND HILLARY LIES ARE DOCUMENTED, VIDEO TAPED, LEAKED AND ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, FORCED TO BECOME PUBLIC  BY THE MEDIA.

    LIES TO AMERICAN CITIZENS  HAVE BEEN BALD FACED AND, BOLD FACED, A TERM USED IN REFERENCE TO NEWSPAPER HEADLINES PRINTED IN BOLD FACE TYPE, WHICH ARE OUTRIGHT LIES. SUCH HEADLINES ARE ONLY INTENDED TO SELL NEWSPAPERS, NOT TO PUBLISH TRUTH.

    NOW IN 2017 A BOLD FACED LIE IS REFEREED BY THE PUBLIC MEDIA AS “FALSE NEWS”, NEWSPAPER HEADLINES PRINTED IN BOLD FACE TYPE, WHICH ARE OUTRIGHT LIES. SUCH HEADLINES ARE ONLY INTENDED TO SELL NEWSPAPERS, NOT TO PUBLISH TRUTH.

    JAN 2009 – 2017 NOTICE HOW LYING TO AND SCAMMING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS COMPLETELY JUSTIFIED BY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION STANDARDS SO LONG AS THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS.

    NOTICE HOW HISTORICALLY….

    LYING TO AND SCAMMING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS COMPLETELY JUSTIFIED BY THE DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENTS,  ADMINISTRATION STANDARDS, SO LONG AS THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS.

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    2009-2017 OBAMA’S, DEMOCRAT’S ADMINISTRATION AND HILLARY LIES ARE DOCUMENTED, VIDEO TAPED, LEAKED AND ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, FORCED TO BECOME PUBLIC  BY THE MEDIA.

    The WA DC Establishment’s ETAL. , Democrat and Republican 

    SCAM’S AND OR LIES? YOU DECIDE.

    The (affordable) Obamacare SCAM

    The FALSE NEWS SCAMS

    The election influence SCAM

    The Russians did it SCAM

    Obama’s UN agenda SCAM

    Obama’s Executive Order’s SCAM’S

    Obama’s Memoranda’s SCAM’S

    Obama’s Proclamations SCAMS

    Obama’s Junior Varsity (JV) SCAM

    Obama’s Immigration SCAM

    Obama’s public lands grab SCAM

    Obama’s Cuba SCAM

    The Global Warming SCAM

    The Weather Change SCAM

    The Wild Olympics SCAM

    The Middle East War SCAM

    The weapons of mass destruction SCAM

    The Judgment Fund SCAM

    Obama’s cash to Iran SCAM

    The Sue and Settle SCAM

    The removal of Dam’s  SCAM

    The FEMA  Flood SCAM

    Politician’s insider trading SCAM

    The Clinton Foundation SCAM

    The Pay for Play SCAM

    Hillary’s Uranium to Russia SCAM

    The Non-profit SCAMS

    The tax Exempt NGO SCAMS

    The Shoreline Management Plan SCAM

    The don’t worry it’s a “GRANT” SCAM

    The unfunded mandate SCAM

    The Whistle Blower’s SCAM

    The Veteran’s Administration SCAM

    The EPA policy SCAM

    Obama’s Justice SCAM

    The WOTUS SCAM

    The Agenda 21 SCAM

    The UN Sustainable development SCAM

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    HISTORY ALWAYS MATTERS

    NOTICE HOW HISTORICALLY LYING TO AND SCAMMING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IS COMPLETELY JUSTIFIED BY THE DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENTS,  ADMINISTRATION STANDARDS, SO LONG AS THE ENDS JUSTIFY THE MEANS.

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    POLITICAL INTRODUCTION HISTORY ALWAYS MATTERS

    TECHNOLOGY EXPOSING AND LEAKING THE  PRIVATE UTOPIA OF THOSE IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY.

    INDEED, IT WAS WELL RECOGNIZED IN 1954 THAT IT WAS….

    Just a Matter of Time and Money 1790-2016

    Posted on April 28, 2016 8:34 am by Pearl Rains Hewett

    IN 1954 IT WAS WELL RECOGNIZED BY THOSE IN POSITIONS OF AUTHORITY THAT IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME, ONLY A FEW DECADES,

     BEFORE THE GENERAL PUBLIC WOULD BE ABLE TO GRASP AND UPSET THE CRADLE OF POWER,

    FOR THE VERY ELEMENTS OF THE NEW SILENT WEAPON TECHNOLOGY WERE AS ACCESSIBLE FOR A PUBLIC UTOPIA AS THEY WERE FOR PROVIDING A PRIVATE UTOPIA.

    IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE GENERAL PUBLIC WOULD BE ABLE TO GRASP AND UPSET THE CRADLE OF POWER

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     INDEED, THE ELECTION OF TRUMP ON NOV 8, 2016 DID UPSET THE CRADLE OF POWER

    IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF A FEW DECADES 1954 TO 2016.

    To be continued….


  • Obama’s Obsessive Presidential Actions 2017

    IN ADDITION TO THE REST OF OBAMA’S POLITICAL SHENANIGANS 2009-2016

    OBAMA CONTINUES HIS “I’VE GOT A PEN AND I’VE GOT A PHONE” TO RULE IN 2017

    FRIDAY, JAN 13, 2017  

    Presidential Proclamation — Religious Freedom Day, 2017 …

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/…/2017/…/13/presidentialproclamationreligiousfreedo

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    INDEED, SINCE 2009 OBAMA HAS TAKEN MANY PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS WITH HIS PEN

    Obama’s Obsessive use of  Presidential Actions 2009-2017?

    1190 PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATIONS.

    280 EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    640 RESIDENTIAL MEMORANDUMS

    MANY OF THESE “OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE  PRESIDENTIAL  ACTIONS” WERE  TAKEN AFTER TRUMP WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT ON NOV 8, 2016.

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    The election of Trump has certainly caused a lot of ANXIETY

    OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) is an ANXIETY DISORDER in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, ideas, sensations (obsessions), or behaviors THAT MAKE THEM FEEL DRIVEN TO DO SOMETHING (COMPULSIONS).Often the person carries out the behaviors to get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only ..

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    The election of Trump certainly made a lot of democrats SAD

    SEPARATION ANXIETY DISORDER (SAD), is a psychological condition in which an individual experiences EXCESSIVE ANXIETY regarding separation from home or from people to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment

    DONALD J. TRUMP WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT NOV 8, 2016

    DENIAL IS UNDERSTOOD AS A DEFENSE AGAINST THAT BRUTAL REALITY

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    Grief Healing: Tips for Coping with Disbelief and Denial in Grief

    www.griefhealingblog.com/2013/06/tips-for-coping-with-disbelief-and.html

    DENIAL IS UNDERSTOOD AS A DEFENSE AGAINST THAT BRUTAL REALITY. It blunts the impact of the loss, offers you a temporary respite and allows you to process those …

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    Democratic Rep. Lewis: Trump not a ‘legitimate president’ | Fox News

    www.foxnews.com/politics/…/democratic-rep-lewistrump-not-legitimate-president.html

    10 hours ago – Democratic Rep. John Lewis said in an upcoming interview that he’s does not consider Donald Trump a legitimate president, and blamed the …

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    President-elect Donald Trump calls Rep. John Lewis ‘sad!’ – NY Daily …

    www.nydailynews.com/…/president-elect-donald-trump-calls-rep-john-lewis-sad-article-…

    5 hours ago – John Lewis says Donald Trump is not a legitimate President. “I don’t see … John Lewis denied chance to speak at Occupy Atlanta. Several of …

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    I AGREE WITH TRUMP  REP. JOHN LEWIS IS SAD

    SEPARATION ANXIETY DISORDER (SAD), is a psychological condition in which an individual experiences EXCESSIVE ANXIETY regarding separation from home or from people to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment

    TOO BAD SO SAD… AT THE END OF THE DAY, TRUMP WON.

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    Elections have consequences – Amen! – OneNewsNow.com

    https://www.onenewsnow.com/perspectives/…/electionshaveconsequences-amen

    NOV 10, 2016 – In January of 2009, Barack Obama – the soon-to-be former president – famously boasted: “Elections have consequences – and at the end of …

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    IT TAKES CONSIDERABLE KNOWLEDGE JUST TO REALIZE THE EXTENT OF YOUR OWN IGNORANCE. Thomas Sowell Quote.

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    WOW MORE KNOWLEDGE…..

    Barack Obama in 2010 to the Republican congressional leadership -specifically Eric Cantor the House Republican Whip over enacting Obamacare AKA the Affordable Care Act.

    OBAMA QUOTE October 25, 2010

    House Republican Whip Eric Cantor gave President Obama a list of modest proposals for the bill. OBAMA SAID he would consider the GOP ideas, but told the assembled Republicans that “ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES” AND “I WON.”

    WHO KNEW “THE ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES” REMARK WAS ABOUT OBAMACARE AKA THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT?

    I WAS IGNORANT OF THAT FACT

    I HAVE YET TO REALIZE THE EXTENT OF “MY” OWN IGNORANCE.

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    IT TAKES CONSIDERABLE KNOWLEDGE JUST TO REALIZE THE EXTENT OF YOUR OWN IGNORANCE. Thomas Sowell Quote.

    How much knowledge do you have about OBAMA’S PRESIDENTIAL ACTIONS?

    WHAT IS THE EXTENT OF YOUR OWN IGNORANCE?

     Behind My Back | Obama’s 10,000 Executive Commandments?

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/12/10/5923/

    Dec 10, 2016 – https://cei.org/10KC/Chapter-3. May 3, 2016 – [51] Executive … [61] In all, four of Obama’s executive orders directly address … Read Chapter 2 …

     Presidential Actions

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    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME BY THE CONSTITUTION AND THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES, DO HEREBY PROCLAIM,  EXECUTE, MEMORANDA

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    Obama’s Obsessive use of  Presidential Proclamations 2017?

    Proclamation on January 13, 2017

    Presidential Proclamation — Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday, 2017

    Proclamation on January 12, 2017

    Presidential Proclamation — Boundary Enlargement of the California Coastal National Monument

    Proclamation on January 12, 2017

    Presidential Proclamations — Establishment of the Reconstruction Era National Monument

    Proclamation on January 12, 2017

    Presidential Proclamations — Establishment of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument

    Proclamation on December 28, 2016

    Presidential Proclamation — National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2017

    Proclamation on December 28, 2016

    Presidential Proclamation — National Mentoring Month, 2017

    Proclamation on December 28, 2016

    Presidential Proclamation — Establishment of the Gold Butte National Monument

    Proclamation on December 28, 2016

    Presidential Proclamation — Establishment of the Bears Ears National Monument

    Proclamation on December 16, 2016

    Presidential Proclamation — Wright Brothers Day, 2016

    Proclamation on December 16, 2016

    Presidential Proclamation — Returning the Flag of the United States to Full-Staff

    Proclamation on December 15, 2016

    Presidential Proclamation — To Implement the Nepal Preference Program and for Other Purposes

    Proclamation on December 14, 2016

    Presidential Proclamation — Bill of Rights Day, 2016

    Proclamation on December 09, 2016

    Presidential Proclamation — Human Rights Day and Human Rights Week, 2016

    Proclamation on December 09, 2016

    Presidential Proclamation — Death of John Glenn

    I HAVE YET TO REALIZE THE EXTENT OF “MY” OWN IGNORANCE.

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     Obama’s Obsessive use of  EXECUTIVE ORDERS  in  2017?

    Executive Order on January 13, 2017

    Executive Order — Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice

    Executive Order on January 13, 2017

    Executive Order — Providing an Order of Succession Within the Environmental Protection Agency

    Executive Order on January 13, 2017

    Executive Order — Recognizing Positive Actions by the Government of Sudan and Providing for the Revocation of Certain Sudan-Related Sanctions

    Executive Order on January 12, 2017

    Executive Order — Exclusions from the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program

    Executive Order on January 12, 2017

    Executive Order — Designating the World Organisation for Animal Health as a Public International Organization Entitled to Enjoy Certain Privileges, Exemptions, and Immunities

    Executive Order on January 12, 2017

    Executive Order — Amending Executive Order 11016 to Update Eligibility Criteria for Award of the Purple Heart

    Executive Order on December 29, 2016

    Annex to Executive Order — Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities

    Executive Order on December 29, 2016

    Executive Order — Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities

    Executive Order on December 27, 2016

    Executive Order — Adjustments of Certain Rates of Pay

    Executive Order on December 23, 2016

    Executive Order — Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Labor

    Executive Order on December 09, 2016

    Executive Order — Amending the Order of Succession in the Department of Homeland Security

    Executive Order on December 09, 2016

    Executive Order — Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience

    Executive Order on December 08, 2016

    Executive Order — Relating to the Implementation of the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance

    Executive Order on December 05, 2016

    Executive Order — Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species

    Executive Order on December 02, 2016

    Presidential Order — Regarding the Proposed Acquisition of a Controlling Interest in Aixtron SE by Grand Chip Investment GMBH

    Executive Order on November 29, 2016

    Executive Order — Providing for the Appointment in the Competitive Service of Certain Employees of the Foreign Service

    Executive Order on November 29, 2016

    Executive Order — Providing for the Appointment of Alumni of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, and the Critical Language Scholarship Program to the Competitive Service

    Executive Order on November 16, 2016

    Executive Order — Establishing a Community Solutions Council

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    Behind My Back | Obama’s Executive Orders 1/21/09-12/9/16

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/12/09/obamasexecutiveorders12109-12916/

     The bottom line

    IT TAKES CONSIDERABLE KNOWLEDGE JUST TO REALIZE THE EXTENT OF YOUR OWN IGNORANCE. Thomas Sowell Quote.

    Executive Orders Matter

    I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU…..

    BUT, I HAVE YET TO REALIZE THE EXTENT OF “MY” OWN IGNORANCE.


  • FEMA-NFIP $20 Billion Dollar Obama Mess

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017

    The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) IS NOW $20 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT.

    ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION $20 BILLION DOLLAR FINANCIAL DISASTER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

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    The bottom line

    California has unparalleled expertise and a culture of “PROGRESSIVE” solutions for managing its flood risk;

     California also has unique needs and intense pressures looking forward.

    ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, CALIFORNIANS  MIGHT WANT TO TAKE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THEIR “PROGRESSIVE” PLACE IN THE FOOD CHAIN UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICAN CONGRESS.

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    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) IS NOW $20 BILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT. The last time I researched NFIP  circa 2012, it was $18 BILLION DOLLARS UNDERWATER.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017

    ANOTHER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR DISASTER FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP AND CONGRESS TO CLEAN UP.

    AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 – WE RECOMMEND A CAREFUL LOOK AT CALIFORNIA’S PLACE IN THE NFIP.  IN PARTICULAR, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively.  The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA. (the sanctuary state?)

    California’s Flood Future – California Department of Water Resources

    www.water.ca.gov › Flood Topics › FloodSAFE California › Newsletters

    As part of the public comment period for California’s Flood Future, DWR and USACE … In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious …

    Key findings from California’s Flood Future include:

    • CALIFORNIA IS AT CATASTROPHIC RISK FOR DEVASTATING FLOODS.California’s diverse geography contributes to the state’s significant flood risk. In many regions, peak flows — the largest volume of water flowing per second through a water system — occur in a very short time frame, which spells disaster.
    • Flooding is a statewide problem. Every California county has experienced a federally declared flood disaster in the past 20 years. Counties with relatively low risk for a major flood event would be impacted by the results of a catastrophic flood elsewhere in the state, when employment centers, transportation facilities, utilities and the economy are affected.
    • THE IMPACTS OF A MAJOR FLOOD WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO CALIFORNIA AND TO THE NATION.In addition to tragic loss of life, flooding in California can have a serious impact on its economy and environmental resources. A major flood in California, which has one of the world’s largest economies, will have an unprecedented impact on the national economy as well. With many more people and structures per square mile in California’s urban areas, the state would likely see much higher recovery costs from a major flood than the $110 billion that has been spent on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita or the $60 billion that has been appropriated for recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
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    California, Flood Risk, and the National Flood Insurance Program …

    https://californiawaterblog.com/…/californiaflood-risk-and-the-national-floodinsura

    DEC 14, 2016 – The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework … Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of … annual policies since 1994, and records of properties with multiple payouts … Statewide, roughly 7 million people and $580 billion in buildings, public …

    by Nicholas Pinter, Rui Hui, and Kathy Schaefer

    ACROSS THE US AND WORLDWIDE, FLOODING IS THE DEADLIEST AND MOST COSTLY NATURAL DISASTER.

    The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is an imperfect framework for reducing flood losses, but currently the best we’ve got

    NFIP IS SCHEDULED FOR CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION IN 2017, and this debate promises to be lively. 

    The Natural Hazards Research and Mitigation Group at UC Davis has been analyzing NFIP DATABASES, EXAMINING PATTERNS OVER THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM AND FOCUSING ON FLOOD LOSSES AND FLOOD INSURANCE, PARTICULARLY IN CALIFORNIA.

    Over the history of NFIP, California is one of a few states that has – through dry years and wet – received only a small fraction of payments from NFIP compared to the premiums it has paid in.  Since 1994, NFIP damage payouts in California have totaled just 14% of premiums collected (compared to 560% for the biggest recipient state, Mississippi).  For California, this imbalance exceeds $3 billion (2015 dollars) over 21 years, funds that could have been invested in risk-reduction, floodplain management, and reduced premiums.

    California has unparalleled expertise and a culture of progressive solutions for managing its flood risk; the state also has unique needs and intense pressures looking forward.

    WITH THE US NFIP FACING AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE – >$20 BILLION IN DEBT,

    AND WITH A CHALLENGING CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION DISCUSSION LOOMING IN 2017 –we recommend a careful look at California’s place in the NFIP.

    In particular, CALIFORNIA SHOULD NOW EXPLORE A STATE FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM, WITH SAVINGS INVESTED IN LONG-TERM RISK REDUCTION.  Properly implemented, a state-based insurance program and proactive flood mitigation strategies could synergistically benefit the environment, agriculture, recreation, and water resources. 

    THIS APPROACH HAS MAJOR CHALLENGES, WITH IMPLICATIONS BOTH FOR CALIFORNIA AND NATIONWIDE THAT SHOULD BE EXPLORED.

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    LOOKS LIKE CALIFORNIA WILL NEED SOME FEDERAL ASSISTANCE?

    PHOTOS: Major January storm sweeps across Bay Area | abc7news …

    abc7news.com/weather/photosmajorjanuarystormsweepsacrossbayarea/1692140/
    3 days ago – A major storm soaked the Bay Area in January giving us major rain totals and some damage from wind and flooding along the way. Share your …
    Flooding in Sonoma County causes citizens to band together.
    PHOTOS: Major January storm sweeps across Bay Area

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    California storm floods: Mapping the impact across Northern California

    sf.curbed.com/maps/californiafloods-storm-damage-map

    2 days ago – The back-to-back storms that pummeled California since last weekend … has brought MAJOR FLOODING AND DAMAGE TO PARTS OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    CALIFORNIA IS AT CATASTROPHIC RISK FOR DEVASTATING FLOODS.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP CONGRESSIONAL REAUTHORIZATION OF THE The US National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) FUNDING LOOMING IN 2017

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    The bottom line

    California has unparalleled expertise and a culture of “PROGRESSIVE” solutions for managing its flood risk;

     California also has unique needs and intense pressures looking forward.

    ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, CALIFORNIANS  MIGHT WANT TO TAKE A CAREFUL LOOK AT THEIR “PROGRESSIVE” PLACE IN THE FOOD CHAIN UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND REPUBLICAN CONGRESS.

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    California is a state with many sanctuary cities and basically the entire …

    sanctuarycities.info/sanctuary_state_california.htm

    CALIFORNIA HAS A HUGE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT POPULATION

    and their presence is both condoned but also encouraged by many. Their labor is used by landscapers, …

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    ‘Sanctuary California’ Faces Bankruptcy if Trump Withholds Funds

    www.breitbart.com/california/…/sanctuarycalifornia-faces-immigration-defunding-ba…

    Nov 26, 2016 – Although Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned President-elect Trump that defunding Sanctuary Cities would cause “social, economic and …


  • $10 Billion From the Judgment Fund

    SUE AND SETTLE FOR BILLIONS FROM THE JUDGMENT FUND

    BETWEEN 2013 AND 2015, THE (OBAMA) FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PAID MORE THAN $10 BILLION IN JUDGMENT FUND AWARDS WITH SCANT TRANSPARENCY OR OVERSIGHT.

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    A $5 billion lawsuit filed by a NON PROFIT  insurer against the Obama administration for a program implemented under Obamacare is raising questions about the use of a fund available for settlements with the government and

    whether Congress can, and should, intervene.

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    Who knew? I’d never heard of “THE JUDGMENT FUND” until I read the September 16, 2016, Lankford Letter on the Iran settlement. Click here to open this e-mail in its own browser window

    “The Obama administration has a history of using “THE JUDGMENT FUND ” Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “They cannot be trusted to properly defend the lawsuit.”

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    The Judgment Fund: History, Administration, and Common Usage

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    “THE JUDGMENT FUND ” was established in 1956 to relieve Congress of the burden of appropriating money for judgments on a case-by-case basis.

    Initially, the fund had a payment limit of $100,000.

    Since 1977, however, there has been no limit on payment size. Congress has amended the judgment fund numerous times since, according to the testimony of Neal Kinkof, professor of law at Georgia State University.

    Jan 8, 2017 Whether the GOP Congress can, and should, intervene?

    Good Lord, Mr. Ford…. WHAT THE DEMOCRAT’S U.S. CONGRESS CREATED IN 1977, LET THE REPUBLICAN’S 2017  CONGRESS PUT ASUNDER.

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    Von Spakovsky, who worked at the Justice Department during President George W. Bush’s administration, specifically warned of the White House’s history of “SUE AND SETTLE CASES,” which he said allows parties to circumvent federal statutes and regulations and receive large sums of money through settlements with the government.

     Jeffery Axelrad from George Washington University said in written testimony that the identity of fund recipients is not available when judgment fund statistics are compiled.
         “Likewise, the amount paid to attorneys and the identity of the attorneys is not currently available,” he added. “This information is central to knowing whether THE JUDGMENT FUND is, or is not, being abused.”

    A $5 billion lawsuit filed by a nonprofit insurer against the Obama administration for a program implemented under Obamacare is raising questions about the use of a fund available for settlements with the government and whether Congress can, and should, intervene.

    The $5 billion it’s seeking, the money would come from THE JUDGMENT FUND an indefinite appropriation created by Congress and administered by the Department of Treasury.

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    April 12, 2012 The federal government will pay more than $1 billion to settle a series of lawsuits brought by American Indian tribes over mismanagement of tribal money and trust lands, under a settlement announced Wednesday.

    MONEY FOR THE TRIBES’ SETTLEMENTS ALREADY HAS BEEN APPROPRIATED UNDER A CONGRESSIONALLY APPROVED JUDGMENT FUND

    Negotiations continue on dozens of other cases.

    An appeals court this week upheld a $3.4 billion class action lawsuit settlement concerning the mismanagement of government trust funds for hundreds of thousands of Native Americans, ruling that it was fair, reasonable and adequate.

    The Cobell v. Salazar settlement is one of the largest class actions ever filed against the United States, and accused the federal government of mismanaging money owed to Native Americans under trust funds. The alleged mismanagement dated as far back as the 1880s.

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    “They’re getting political friends to sue them and settle without going to Congress,” he said.

    A $5 billion lawsuit filed by a nonprofit insurer against the Obama administration for a program implemented under Obamacare is raising questions about the use of a fund available for settlements with the government and whether Congress can, and should, intervene.

    According to legal experts, if the Obama administration decided to settle its class action lawsuit with Health Republic Insurance of Oregon, one of 23 co-ops started under Obamacare, and other insurers for all or part of the $5 billion it’s seeking, the money would come from THE JUDGMENT FUND an indefinite appropriation created by Congress and administered by the Department of Treasury.

    Health Republic Insurance of Oregon’s lawsuit was filed on behalf of insurers participating in Obamacare’s risk corridor program, and specifically those who did not receive the full amount of money requested through it.

    “In this case, the argument is the statute requires the government to pay out for the risk corridors, but Congress refused to appropriate the money to do that and therefore the court is going to have to award a judgment since the administration, under the direction of Congress, is violating the law,” Timothy Jost, a law professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law, told The Daily Signal of the lawsuit.

    “And therefore the money has to come out of THE JUDGMENT FUND that the Court of Claims has to award a judgment against the federal government, which is appropriated money,” he continued.

    The Obama administration’s use of THE JUDGMENT FUND has come under fire in recent years, particularly after it was reported the Justice Department used the fund to pay billions to farmers who alleged discrimination by the Department of Agriculture, circumventing Congress.

    (Really? Just asking, using THE JUDGMENT FUND to settle discrimination lawsuits from black, Native American, Hispanic and female farmers is a valid use of the fund. )

    “The Obama administration has a history of using THE JUDGMENT FUND,” Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal. “They cannot be trusted to properly defend the lawsuit.”

    Von Spakovsky, who worked at the Justice Department during President George W. Bush’s administration, specifically warned of the White House’s history of “SUE AND SETTLE CASES,”” which he said allows parties to circumvent federal statutes and regulations and receive large sums of money through settlements with the government.

    “They’re getting political friends to sue them and settle without going to Congress,” he said.

    A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said the agency is reviewing the complaint, but had no further comment.

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    Reported Sep 8, 2016 Iran Settlement

    The $1.3 billion came from a fund administered by the Treasury Department for settling litigation claims. THE JUDGMENT FUND IS TAXPAYER MONEY THAT CONGRESS HAS PERMANENTLY APPROVED IN THE EVENT IT’S NEEDED, ALLOWING THE PRESIDENT TO BYPASS DIRECT CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL TO MAKE A SETTLEMENT. The U.S. previously paid out $278 million in Iran-related claims by using the fund in 1991.

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    Lankford Letter The Judgment Fund to Iran

    Sep 16, 2016 – The Judgment Fund: History, Administration, and Common Usage. https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42835.pdf. Federation of …. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed James Lee Witt as FEMA Director. In 1996, the agency …

    Sept 16, 2016 Lankford Letter The Judgment Fund to Iran

    Who knew? I’d never heard of “THE JUDGMENT FUND” until I read the Lankford Letter.

    HOW DOES THE JUDGMENT FUND OPERATE TODAY?

    BY DEFINITION, IT REQUIRES NO FURTHER CONGRESSIONAL ACTION AND DOES NOT EXPIRE AT THE CLOSE OF ANY FISCAL YEAR.

    THE APPROPRIATION MAKES AN “UNLIMITED AMOUNT OF FUNDS” AVAILABLE FOR PAYMENT OF CERTAIN JUDGMENTS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES.

    NEGOTIATED AND AGREED TO BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.

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    Senators Fischer and Lankford Introduce Bill to Expose Taxpayer Funds Transferred to Iran

    http://www.fischer.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2016/7/senators-fischer-and-lankford-introduce-bill-to-expose-taxpayer-funds-transferred-to-iran

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    CNS – Legal Experts Defend Big US Payment to Iran

    www.courthousenews.com/2016/09/…/legal-experts-defend-big-us-payment-to-iran.h…

    Sep 7, 2016 – Congress has amended THE JUDGMENT FUND numerous times since, according to the testimony of Neal … 5, to account for $1.3 billion in interest.

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    Behind My Back | FEDERAL ISSUES AND REFORM

    www.behindmyback.org/category/federal-issues-and-reform/
    Sep 16, 2016

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    Obamacare Insurers Could Get Money From Government Fund

    dailysignal.com/…/obamacare-insurers-could-get-billions-from-controversial-govern…

    Mar 16, 2016 – The Obama administration’s use of THE JUDGMENT FUND has been the subject of … Health Republic Insurance of Oregon filed a $5 billion class action lawsuit … If the lawsuit leads to a settlement, the money could come from THE JUDGMENT FUND ….. It was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.

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    Good grief, we live in a country where anybody can sue anybody for “whatever”

    When everybody in the world sues the US government for  “whatever” reason in the world….

    And, congress won’t appropriate funds to pay for “whatever”

    The billions and billions of dollars are  paid out of  THE JUDGMENT FUND for “whatever”

    For the last 40 years 1977-2017 the billions of dollars in settlements for  “whatever” came out of  AMERICAN TAXPAYERS POCKETS

    The bottom line

    IF CONGRESS BROKE IT…

    THE 2017 REPUBLICAN CONGRESS CAN FIX “WHATEVER” WE THE PEOPLE WANT

    AND THAT INCLUDES OBAMACARE


  • An Introduction to the Plum Book

    In 1952 the Democratic party had controlled the Federal Government for twenty years.

     WHEN A REPUBLICAN WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT IN 1952,  THE REPUBLICAN PARTY  REQUESTED A LIST OF GOVERNMENT POSITIONS THAT THE NEW PRESIDENT COULD FILL. 

    The next edition of the Plum Book appeared in 1960 and has since been published every four years, just after the Presidential election, the United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions, commonly known as the Plum Book, is published, alternately, by the Senate and the House. The Plum Book is used to identify presidentially appointed positions within the Federal Government. The data in the Plum Book comes from the ESCS. Via  the Government Printing Office (GPO)

    THE PLUM BOOKS HAVE NEVER BEEN ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER LIST. 

    JUST AFTER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OF REPUBLICAN DONALD J. TRUMP NOV 8, 2016 the Democratic party had controlled the Federal Government for eight years.

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    Presidential Transition 2016

    Equipping the Government for Success in 2016 and Beyond

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    Trump’s Transition Team is Hiring Presidential Appointees – PRWeb

    www.prweb.com/releases/2016/11/prweb13882399.htm

    Dec 1, 2016 – With President-elect Donald Trump preparing to lead the executive branch, …( View original post March 31, 2016) “Getting Ready for 2017: An Introduction to the Plum Book.”.

    Presidential Transition 2016

    United States Government Policy and Supporting Positions (Plum Book), 2016 | PDF |

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    Stick Your Thumb in This Publication and Pull Out a Plum Political …

    blogs.library.unt.edu/…/stick-your-thumb-in-this-book-and-pull-out-a-plum-political-…

    Dec 5, 2016 – Positions listed in the Plum Book include agency heads and their … Getting Ready for 2017: An Introduction to the Plum Book provides a …

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    March 31, 2016 Getting Ready for 2017: An Introduction to the Plum Book

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    INDEED,  GETTING READY FOR 2017, HOW HELPFUL FOR TRUMP’S TRANSITION TO HAVE  AN INTRODUCTION ON MARCH 31, 2016 TO THE  PLUM BOOK.

    AS PROVIDED BY  EDWARD DESEVE  THE CHAIR OF THE NAPA, NATIONAL ACADEMY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION’S TRANSITION 16 (T16) EFFORT. AND MARK A. ABRAMSON. EDWARD DESEVE  SERVED IN BOTH THE CLINTON AND OBAMA ADMINISTRATIONS

    snippet from the original post  March 31, 2016

    Getting Ready for 2017: An Introduction to the Plum Book

    In December 2016, GPO will publish the next edition of the Plum Book. You can put it on your Christmas list, but that may be too late.

    After each party’s nominating conventions, resumes will begin to flow.

    After the election, the transition teams will begin formally allocating these resumes to potential slots in departments and agencies.

    Former Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare John Gardner characterizes this period as follows,

    “So now we have a new administration.

    The venal and obsequious gather round. But fortunately, so do some very able people. And sometimes, of course, they are indistinguishable.”

    The job of the transition team and of the Office of Presidential Personnel is to pick the real plums from among those who gather around. And aspirants for a presidential appointment will be able study the “plum position” to which they might aspire on the Metro using GPO’s updated “Plum Book” website.

    The true plums, including “General” non-career SES, total about 3,600 positions.

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    President Obama’s appointees, who are not in the Civil Service system, generally will tender their resignations before the Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration. There are about 1,400 Schedule C appointee jobs and about 600 of the 7,000 jobs in the Senior Executive Service are political appointments.

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    People seeking a job in the administration need to realize that there are two types of SES positions. The first is the “General” type position that is referred to above. The second is the Career Reserved position available only to career civil servants. Each group totals about 4,000 jobs (out of about 8,000 total SES). The “General” positions can be filled by either a career or non-career person. In 2012, there were about 3,800 Career “General” SES and about 680 Non-career SES members

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    Access & Use Information

    Restricted: This dataset can only be accessed or used under certain conditions.
    Executive Schedule C System (ESCS)
    Metadata Updated: September 12, 2015

    Used to store information on Federal employees in the Senior Executive Service (SES) and appointed employees in the Schedule C System.

    Restricted: This dataset can only be accessed or used under certain conditions. License: U.S. Government Work
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    Long before Trump was elected

    FULL UNEDITED TEXT

    Getting Ready for 2017: An Introduction to the Plum Book

    March 31, 2016 View original post

    By G. Edward DeSeve and Mark A. Abramson

    Get ready for the most popular new website in Washington coming in December 2016. In December, the Government Publishing Office (GPO) will release two versions of the quadrennial United States Policy and Supporting Positions, more popularly known as the “Plum Book.” GPO will release a digital version of the book on their website, and hard copy.

    United States Policy and Supporting Positions was first published in 1952 when incoming President Dwight Eisenhower sought information on how many political appointments he could fill after twenty years of Democratic administrations. With the exception of 1956, the book has been published every four years since then. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Committee on Government Affairs alternate in compiling the book. In 2017, it will be compiled by the Senate Committee on Government Affairs. The most recent edition was published by GPO in December of 2012. Always looking to sell books, GPO used a brilliant shade of plum to color the cover.

    The book contains listings of jobs by department, the type of appointment for each position, names of current incumbents in many of the positions, and salary levels. One of the interesting things about the book is that experts disagree on the exact number of “plum” positions available to a new Administration. The definitions of “Positions Subject to Non-Competitive Appointment” include the following categories:

    PAS: Position Subject to Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation
    PA: Positions Subject to Presidential Appointment without Senate Confirmation
    GEN: Positions Designated as Senior Executive Service “General” (These positions can be used to select either career or noncareer individuals.)
    NA: Senior Executive Service General Positions Filled by Noncareer Appointment (“General” SES positions which were used by the Obama Administration to appoint noncareer individuals.)
    TA: Senior Executive Service Positions Filled by Limited Emergency or Limited Term Appointment
    SC: Positions Filled by Schedule C Excepted Appointment
    XS: Positions Subject to Statutory Excepted Appointment

    Aspirants to a presidential appointment in 2017 should now begin work on memorizing the above acronyms to use in their conversations with the next transition team or the Office of Presidential Personnel (after January 20, 2017). However, not all of these positions are truly plums. By that, we mean that they are not all available to be filled by the new administration. People seeking a job in the administration need to realize that there are two types of SES positions. The first is the “General” type position that is referred to above. The second is the Career Reserved position available only to career civil servants. Each group totals about 4,000 jobs (out of about 8,000 total SES). The “General” positions can be filled by either a career or non-career person. In 2012, there were about 3,800 Career “General” SES and about 680 Non-career SES members. The Civil Service Act of 1978 stipulates that no more than 10% of the total SES population can be non-career appointees.

    The true plums, including “General” non-career SES, total about 3,600 positions. These include both full time jobs and part time board and commission positions. Salaries range from PAS 1 (Cabinet Secretaries and their equivalent) to administrative assistants in the Schedule C category who may be at a GS 7 or 9 level. In December 2012, the numbers were:

    Presidential Appointments with Senate Confirmation (PAS): 1217

    Presidential Appointments without Senate Confirmation (PA): 364

    Non-Career Senior Executive Service (TA): 680

    Schedule C (SC): 1392

    Total 3653

    Two offices work with departments and agencies to fill the jobs. One is the Office of Presidential Personnel (OPP) in the White House which approves specific individuals for specific jobs. A candidate for a job can be proposed by a department or agency but they must be approved by OPP. Often, OPP will refer candidates to departments and agencies and require that individuals are given a good look before the department’s favored candidates are considered. The second key office is the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) which approves all SES allocations (Career Reserve and General) and makes sure that the “General” non-career slots do not exceed 10% of all the total SES positions as noted above.

    The process can move reasonably quickly once an individual is selected for a positon. The individual selected for a position must then be vetted by lawyers assigned to work with OPP who will ask hard questions and request that a myriad of forms be completed, many requiring detailed financial information. One onerous part of Senate confirmation is that a different set of forms have to be filled out for confirming committees. Many experts have proposed the standardization of these forms but they have not yet succeeded in moving to one form for both the Executive branch and congressional committees. Background checks of selected appointees also include FBI review of individuals which can include full field investigations or phone investigation by FBI agents.

    In December 2016, GPO will publish the next edition of the Plum Book. You can put it on your Christmas list, but that may be too late. After each party’s nominating conventions, resumes will begin to flow. After the election, the transition teams will begin formally allocating these resumes to potential slots in departments and agencies. Former Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare John Gardner characterizes this period as follows, “So now we have a new administration. The venal and obsequious gather round. But fortunately, so do some very able people. And sometimes, of course, they are indistinguishable.”

    The job of the transition team and of the Office of Presidential Personnel is to pick the real plums from among those who gather around. And aspirants for a presidential appointment will be able study the “plum position” to which they might aspire on the Metro using GPO’s updated “Plum Book” website.

    Edward DeSeve is Executive in Residence, Brookings Executive Education Program and Chair of the National Academy of Public Administration’s Transition 16 (T16) effort. He served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations.

    Mark A. Abramson is President, Leadership Inc. He is co-author (with Paul R. Lawrence) of the forthcoming

    “Succeeding as a Political Executive: 50 Insights from Experience”.

    is based on the real-life experience of 64 high-level executives who served in the Obama Administration. Most were at the agency head level. From 2009 to 2015, the authors conducted a series of interviews with these individuals, gaining insights into running government organizations.
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    This book is aimed at those interested in the transition of power to the next presidential administration starting in 2017.
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    Succeeding as a Political Executive: Fifty Insights from Experience …

    https://www.amazon.com/Succeeding-Political…Insights…ebook/dp/B01E1TTS94

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    The bottom line….

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