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Tenured Partisans
National Review Online, by Robert Samuelson

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Posted By:StormCnter, 7/21/2014 5:07:25 AM

Something has gone wrong in our civil service. Consider some recent developments. The IRS was forced to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for leaking the group’s donor list. Tea-party organizations and donors were much more likely than others to be audited by the IRS. This misbehavior was not the work of a few rogue employees in Cincinnati. In general, the IRS stalled tea-party applications for status as 501(c)(4) groups. Meanwhile, April Sands, an employee of the FEC, recently pleaded guilty to violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from campaigning at the office. Ms. Sands, who worked in

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: grace1798, 7/21/2014 5:34:15 AM     (No. 9933405)

2 Timothy 3: "12Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,…

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley, 7/21/2014 5:43:31 AM     (No. 9933410)

The article says the mindset is that laws are for little people. I´m not sure I go along with that. More likely it is self preservation.
The chances of being caught, prosecuted and punished as a civil service employee are near zero. If there is no penalty there is no crime. If one DOES get caught, the path to punishment must be severed to maintain the sweet job, retirement, or freedom. If that means being guilty of destroying a hard drive to hide a more serious crime, they will do that. Anyone would do that.
If your foot gets caught in a bear trap, you will cut off the foot to escape.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: grampus, 7/21/2014 9:13:10 AM     (No. 9933604)

Some food for thought in this article....but no real answers. My first hand view: When Reagan came in, many political appointes appeared in my particular branch of the agency I worked in.(I was conservative, but non-political at that time and was of equal rank with most of the newly-arrived political appointees.) They saw their number one duty as making the administration look good: second was the agency´s mission. In such an environment, the already in-place staff understandably saw their number one mission as bureaucratic survival/advancement; second was the agency mission. Thus it was and is. A wise mentor once told me that with administrative change, "Be kind to strangers."

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