Monday Night time Owls: President Biden ought to go on a hiring spree of federal staff

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Few leaders, nonetheless, had been as unabashed—certainly, zealous—of their hatred of the federal workforce as President Donald Trump. He berated federal staff writ massive as brokers of the deep state and sought to disclaim sources for all however these finishing up the federal authorities’s most odious actions. (His administration issued a mandate that ICE rent a further 10,000 staff that the company hadn’t even requested for.) Unsurprisingly, confronted with the menace, and typically the truth, of finances cuts, retaliation, and reorganizations, many federal staff walked out the door, leaving struggling companies even weaker than earlier than.

For all of the media consideration that attrition has acquired throughout the Trump years, it’s necessary to notice that many agencies noticed their staffing numbers plummet much more following the Obama administration’s ill-advised sequestration cope with the Republican Congress. Nonetheless, the notably flashy, merciless nature of Trump’s assaults has drawn consideration to the federal workforce’s plight in a brand new method.

This consciousness was drastically heightened over the previous yr because the nation skilled simply how ill-prepared the federal authorities is to deal with the challenges of our time. To make sure, Trump actively interfered with important parts of the COVID-19 response, however examples of crumbling governing infrastructure that had been largely unbiased of Trump additionally abounded. Take into account, as an illustration, the Treasury Division’s gradual distribution of stimulus checks to thousands and thousands, or the mess that was the Small Enterprise Administration’s handling of assist to genuinely determined small companies. Many have come away with the sense that the nation’s authorities, as soon as able to astounding feats, merely was not as much as the duties earlier than it.

With extra widespread recognition of each the issue and the stakes, the time is now proper for President Biden to make the case for a hiring spree. […]

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On this date at Each day Kos in 2011—O’Keefe copycat who focused Deliberate Parenthood faceplants out of the gate:

So one other weirdo wingnut James O’Keefe wannabe has launched a hoax video concentrating on “the left.” This one was created by an anti-choice activist named Lila Rose and it targets Deliberate Parenthood. Rose, who collaborated with O’Keefe prior to now, aimed to provide a carbon copy of his ACORN/pimp hoax movies, this time substituting ACORN with Deliberate Parenthood and O’Keefe’s pimp outfit with actors and actresses claiming to be a part of an underage prostitution ring.

Rose is simply now releasing the movies wherein she claims that Deliberate Parenthood conspired to cowl up the prostitution ring. She solely leaves out one element: Deliberate Parenthood officers, who immediately realized they had been most likely being punked, nonetheless went to federal authorities on the off-chance that Rose’s actors weren’t a part of one other O’Keefe fashion hoax.