Governor McAuliffe makes bid to follow McDonnell into prison.


This from the Washington Post;

The following is the transcript of a voicemail that Paul Reagan, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chief of staff, left on Democrat Phillip A. Puckett’s cell phone in the days leading up to Puckett’s resignation from the state Senate in June:

“Hey Senator. This is Paul Reagan again. I just wanted to bounce one idea off you. I know there was a lot of frustration with your daughter, not, you know, getting a judgeship or something. if there’s something that we can do for her, I mean, you know, we have a couple of big agencies here that we still need agency heads. We could potentially, potentially, subject to approval of the governor and so forth, you know, the department of mines, minerals and energy could be available. So we would be very eager to accommodate her, if, if that would be helpful in keeping you in the senate. We, we would basically do anything. We just need you really, we need you for the rest of your term and beyond, but in the immediate future, we need you to help us get this Medicaid deal through and I think we’ve got a way to do it. So anyway, please let’s keep all this confidential. Call me 703-850—–. Thank you sir. Bye.”

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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in politics


Hey Virginia, a vote for Mark Warner is a vote for the failed policies of Barack Obama

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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in politics


Mark Warner Realizes That His Votes Are Destroying Virginia and Goes to the Old Playbook—Enron

Virginia Senator Mark Warner is the biggest phony in politics and that’s saying something.  He always casts himself as a commonsense pro-business centrist but consistently votes ultraliberal, including voting for Obamacare.  Warner votes with Obama 97% of the time.

That fact is catching up to him so he has to pull out the old Enron lobbyist charge against his Republican opponent, Ed Gillespie.

The Enron debacle was a bad thing, but it didn’t exact the kind of damage on ordinary people as Mark Warner’s votes have.  The perpetrators of the Enron fraud were convicted of crimes and have been punished.  I am aware of no criminal accusations against Gillespie.  However, the perpetrators of Obamacare, a bill pushed through with threats and bribes, have yet to be held to account for the harm they have inflicted on ordinary Americans.  Let’s hope that changes on Nov. 4th.  Mark Warner needs to pay for his duplicity.

Really, Marky?  You can’t run on your own record so you have to go straight to the character assassination?

Of course you do.  I would expect nothing less from a disingenuous, far left politician like yourself.


No Matter what Mary Landrieu does or doesn’t do for the African-American community, 95% will lineup and vote for her again.


noun \in-ˈsa-nə-tē\

: repeatedly doing the exact same thing and expecting different results

: something that is very foolish or unreasonable

The Elbert Guillory Video is informative and reiterates the message that was also delivered by Jason L. Riley in Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed, but given the history and tradition of the 95% it is likely that nothing will change. #LowInformationVoters

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Posted by on October 2, 2014 in politics


The Difference Between Obama and Reagan

After seeing President Obama invoke the memory of Ronald Reagan asking the question about whether America is better off than it was 4 years ago Obama professed, against all evidence to the contrary, that we are.  The man lives in a fantasy world and never accepts the blame for anything.

Reagan did accept blame for his mistakes, such as his response to Sam Donaldson.

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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in politics


I am back from my wanderings

I know that my sporadic posts have been annoying at best and disconcerting at worst, but keeping a blog alive in these times was not my first priority.  My own ability to avoid and evade this illegal administration was my first priority.  To keep my family safe and out of the firefight was my first priority

But blog posts will commence post haste.

They will be most often be short.  They will be most often biting.

But they will occur more frequently.

Honey.  I’m home.

And Whoops…………I don’t even recognize the WordPress interface any longer.  This may be a bit turbulent for a while.


Posted by on September 30, 2014 in politics


Is Obama Creating The Illegal Alien Crisis?

     There is a myth that those who reject amnesty also reject all immigration and worse, are racists by default. This is a false argument by those who refuse to debate the issue. Most U.S. citizens are here because their ancestors were immigrants. The difference is their method of arrival. Whether by choice or by servitude, they were not sneaking across the borders by the millions, unchecked by the federal government.
In June of 2012, through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), president and candidate Obama completely ignored Congress and the will of the people by granting amnesty to an estimated 800,000 illegal aliens between the ages of 16 and 30. Is anyone unclear about his motives?

     The following April 2013 – less than one year later, it was reported that illegal crossings had doubled with many illegals telling Border Agents that Obama would let them go.

     A favorite argument of supporters of amnesty is to use children to skew the narrative to the emotional. They argue that we cannot separate children from their parents. Every day in America millions of American children are separated from their parents through divorce, death, custody battles, job requirements, and incarceration. How do they answer for the illegal immigrant parent who leaves their child(ren), spouse, and other loved ones to travel illegally to the United States? Wouldn’t the family unit be better served if they followed the legal process set in place to come to the United States together – as a family?

     In March 2013 ICE released 68,000 illegal aliens with criminal backgrounds into the general population of the United States. Why are we releasing criminals?

     In April of 2014 Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he is “indignant” at the United States’ deportation of Mexican migrants and described U.S. lawmakers as demonstrating a “lack of conscience” in failing to pass immigration reform. Mexico is using the US as an outsourced welfare state and a means to rid itself of its poorest and least desirable citizens. President Nieto should be working to improve the conditions in Mexico for his citizens, not chastising those who don’t approve of his game. Illegals are sending billions of dollars back to Mexico, no wonder that he is supporting this scheme.

     Illegal entry into Mexico is equivalent to a felony punishable by two years’ imprisonment and illegal re-entry after deportation is punishable by ten years’ imprisonment. Foreigners can be kicked out of Mexico without any due process. Native-born Mexicans are actually empowered to make citizens arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to authorities.

     In May, 2014, we learned that 60,000 unaccompanied “children” from Central America have arrived at the U.S. border with an additional 30,000 to 60,000 expected by the end of the year. According to multiple reports from Central America, the Obama administration has indicated that children will not be returned should they make it to the United States. These reports are further substantiated not only by the administration’s directive to relocate these “refugees” into the interior U.S., but also by a recently (June) discovered January 2014 Request For Proposal on Fed Biz Ops for the escort of 64,000 unaccompanied minors from the border to other states. How did they know in January that this crisis would occur unless it has been orchestrated by the Obama Administration?

     A subset of the illegal immigrant population that is completely skirted by the “family unity” and “civil rights” propagandists are the terrorists who are entering our country though Mexico and Canada, and those who just manage to come into the United States and never leave either through work and student visas, or passport. Gangs like MS-13 are wreaking havoc throughout the United States and most famously, the 9/11 terrorists were in the U.S. illegally. These particular illegals have a strong anti-American attitude.. They are not here to assimilate or for a better life. They are here to destroy us. This is not a clandestine objective, but the only people who don’t seem to hear their intent are those who are blinded by their quest for power.

     Americans still embrace the idea of legal immigration. Our only request is that they come to our shores legally and assimilate into our culture. Those who come simply to re-create their former country and community within the borders of the United State have defeated the purpose.


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Posted by on June 22, 2014 in politics


Fact Check: YOU Decide — Is Cantor “for” or “against” amnesty? Here’s the timeline.

Fact Check: YOU Decide — Is Cantor “for” or “against” amnesty? Here’s the timeline.

8 June 2014 at 11:51 by Deb W

UPDATED: With today’s news from the Cantor Camp!!

I put together the attached timeline for a few friends and family who asked for clarification on Cantor’s position on amnesty.  Below is a list of headlines showing the timeline of Eric Cantor’s stance on illegal immigration and amnesty.

It is clear to anyone with an open mind that Cantor has been FOR amnesty since at least January 2013 and is STILL FOR AMNESTY now, despite what his campaign ads might claim.  Cantor authored the KIDS Act to grant amnesty to illegals under the age of 30 (and is still working on it according to reports mentioned in the attached articles), he toured with pro-amnesty groups last year and he supports the ENLIST Act — Cantor pulled it from the National Defense Act (NDAA) only after the 7th District Chair lost his seat and then Cantor clarified his position, saying that he still supports “the principle” of the ENLIST Act but that the NDAA was not the right legislative vehicle to use.  The ENLIST Act is expected to be brought up again in the coming weeks or months.

So, say what you will about Cantor’s stance on amnesty. The facts speak for themselves.


February 5, 2013: Cantor shifts stance on immigration reform, backs pathway for ‘Dreamers’

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called on Congress on Tuesday to carve out a pathway to citizenship for so-called Dreamers — illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. at a young age — making him the highest-ranking Republican leader to embrace the legalization of a broad category of people living in the U.S. illegally.

July 17, 2013: Cantor’s KIDS Act Coming Along

“The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing next week on the issue of granting citizenship to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and Majority Leader Eric Cantor may introduce his bill on the topic this month.

Cantor made his most impassioned public case for the legislation yet at a press conference this morning, saying that addressing the fate of the so-called DREAMers – a reference to the DREAM Act, another bill that would afford citizenship to illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children — is “an issue of decency, of compassion.””

July 17, 2013: House lawmakers plan immigration tour

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is among those planning to visit New York later this month on a three-day trip of immigration-focused events as part of the Becoming America tour, which is meant to spotlight the historical and personal aspects of immigration.

…The Becoming America tour isn’t meant to hash out the nitty-gritty of legislation or debate the politics of specific immigration policies. But lawmakers hope it will be a small step forward in Congress’s effort to enact immigration reform.

July 18, 2013: Cantor to Push for Immigration Reform at African Burial Ground National Monument

Later this month, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is slated to visit New York to stump for an immigration bill as part of the bipartisan Becoming America tour. Among Cantor’s stops: Ellis Island, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the African Burial Ground National Monument. Canter, among other Congressmen, is scheduled to speak at a naturalization and dine with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Cantor will be traveling with Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), former Bush commerce secretary Carlos Gutierrez, Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Michael Grimm (R-NY), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Lois Capps (D-CA), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Susan Davis (D-CA), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

July 28, 2013: Jewish Center of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York  [Video available in article]

“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), a proponent of tenets of the “Dream Act” for young illegal immigrants spoke before attendees at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights in Queens, New York on Saturday. Cantor and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) were the only two Republicans at the event, which was organized by the Faith & Politics Institute.

The stop at the temple was part of a bipartisan tour of New York City over the weekend in which members of Congress supporting comprehensive immigration reform participated.

Other lawmakers at the Jewish Center in Jackson Heights were Reps. Joe Crowley (D-NY), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)….”

“Cantor thanked Diaz-Balart as well as Congressman Crowley, whose district was the site of the day’s event. “Luis [Gutierrez],” Cantor said, “the leadership you’re providing through thick and thin right now as we try and navigate these very tough political times in choppy waters. My hat is off to you. I’m very grateful.””

—– Dave Brat enters race —————–

Jan 6, 2014: Eric Cantor’s Challenger from the Right

“Add another to the lengthy list of contests between powerful Republican incumbents and Washington far-outsiders: An economics professor from Henrico, Va., Dave Brat, will announce his entry into the race for Eric Cantor’s House seat on January 9. He has already hired John Pudner of Concentric Direct as his consultant.”

April 10, 2014: Cantor’s ‘Pledge’ at Center of Secretive Immigration Push, Chairman Says

“House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) said that a promise Majority Leader Eric Cantor made last year is a major force behind the push to grant amnesty to illegal alien DREAMers who enlist in the military.

Cantor “made a pledge that he would help” Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) enact the proposal, McKeon said at a roundtable on Thursday morning in Washington, D.C.

As reported last week by Breitbart News, House Republicans had been quietly working working to insert the text of the proposal into an related Defense authorization bill, but after the issue became public McKeon announced he would not include it bill as introduced.”

Cantor’s pledge stems from Denham’s effort to offer the proposal as an amendment to the 2013 version of the National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment cleared the House Rules Committee and was set for a House vote before Cantor asked Denham to back down after a dramatic floor struggle with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.

Goodlatte, whose committee has jurisdiction over immigration matters, has not weighed in publicly on the effort this year beyond telling Breitbart News “we’re working on it.”

Last week, after Denham said Cantor was “very” supportive of his efforts, a Cantor aide said “This policy issue is still being discussed at the committee level, and no commitments have been made on a path forward or the process if it were to move forward.”

But according to McKeon, Cantor did make a commitment to at least help Denham’s push.”

…“It is unconscionable that we would even consider allowing illegal immigrants to join our military when we have veterans – who have honorably served and defended our nation in combat and seek to continue doing so – that are being told that their service is no longer needed as we reduce the size of our force,” Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), a senior member of the Armed Services Committee, told Breitbart News.”

April 14, 2014: Cantor Official Backs Amnesty for Dreamers Who Enlist”

“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor officially endorsed granting amnesty to illegal alien DREAMers if they enlist in the U.S. Military in comments a high-ranking operative who works for him made to Breitbart News.

“Mr. Cantor views military service as the highest service one can perform for our nation and if a young man or woman was brought to this country as a child and knows no other home and wants to serve our nation in uniform, he supports making that possible,” Cantor political adviser Ray Allen said.

The proposal in question would grant permanent legal status to illegal aliens who entered the country under the age of 15 before December 2011 if they enlist in the military — part of a class of individuals who have been nicknamed “DREAMers” in reference to the DREAM Act which would provide amnesty for all of them. A “dishonorable” discharge from the military would void eligibility…”

“Cantor’s support had previously been confirmed by both the proposal’s main proponent, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), and the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), but Cantor himself had not previously backed the policy himself. Cantor is not a co-sponsor of Denham’s bill.”

—– Cantor Ally Ousted as 7th District Chair —————–

May 10, 2014: Cantor faces tea party fury in his back yard

“Just a few miles from his family home, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) felt the wrath of the tea party Saturday, when activists in his congressional district booed and heckled the second-most powerful House Republican.

They also elected one of their own to lead Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Republican Committee, turning their back on Cantor’s choice for a post viewed as crucial by both tea party and establishment wings in determining control of the fractured state GOP.”

May 10, 2014: VA Tea Party Ousts Key Cantor Ally on his Home Turf

“On Saturday, Tea Party activists ousted a top ally of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) from a key Virginia chairmanship in Cantor’s own district, underscoring discontent Cantor is facing from conservative activists at home.”

—– Flip-Flop of Sorts: Pulls ENLIST Act from NDAA…. But, still supports it “in principle” —————–

May 16 2014: Eric Cantor won’t allow immigration on NDAA (April 2014)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor won’t allow attempts next week to include a measure on a must-pass defense policy bill that would legalize young undocumented immigrants who serve in the military.  [He’s waiting till after the primary…. see the next article]

A spokesman confirmed Friday that the legislation, known as the Enlist Act, will not be among those debated with the National Defense Authorization Act, an annual bill that sets policy for the Pentagon. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), the Enlist Act’s chief sponsor, had pledged to bring it up as part of the floor battle over the defense bill.

“No proposed ENLIST amendments to NDAA will be made in order,” a Cantor spokesman, Doug Heye, said in an e-mail Friday. He did not elaborate immediately on the reasons.

May 21, 2014: Eric Cantor Supports ‘Principle’ of ENLIST Act, Says Bill Not Dead

On Wednesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said he was for the “principle” of granting citizenship to DREAMers who serve in the military, but the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was not the place to do it.

Cantor also claimed that his views on the matter were not “political” – even though he had an about face on the issue after his top lieutenant was ousted as a district GOP chair on his own home turf two weeks ago –and left open the possibility that the House could have a vote later in the year on the ENLIST Act, which would award citizenship to illegal immigrant DREAMers in the military.

“I have been very definitive on this: I am for the principle, but I am not for using NDAA to do this,” Cantor told the Washington Post. “This is not a political matter, this is a serious issue involving military service.”

Cantor said that “service in our military is one of the highest honors that anyone could actually fulfill” and noted, “if you’re a kid who was brought here by your parents, in many cases unbeknownst to that person, and you want to serve in our military and you know no other country as home, you ought to be able to do that and be able to become a citizen if you have served in our country’s armed forces.”

Source: Eric Cantor Supports ‘Principle’ of ENLIST Act, Says Bill Not Dead

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Wednesday stressed his support for a legalization measure for young undocumented immigrants in the military, after he was criticized by advocates who see him as the main obstacle to immigration reform.

In an interview with POLITICO, Cantor said he backs the policy merits of the legislation from Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), which would give a path to legal permanent residency for immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children.

… Cantor and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) were also working on an immigration bill that would give legal status to young undocumented immigrants — a broader version of the military measure.

That legislation hasn’t materialized, but Cantor said Wednesday of what was tentatively named the Kids Act: “That is still under discussion.”

May 21, 2014: Cantor clarifies position on one part of immigration debate

House Majority Leader Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) said Wednesday that he supports a GOP-sponsored measure that would allow the children of illegal immigrants who serve in the U.S. military to seek U.S. citizenship. But he declined again to say when or if he will schedule a vote on the proposal… In an interview with The Washington Post, Cantor sought to push back against news reports and comments from immigration reform activists this week who have suggested that he is purposely blocking the proposal from receiving a vote as an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill. “

“I just think — and have said repeatedly over the last weeks, if not months — that the NDAA is not the appropriate place for this, but I support the principle,” he added later.

June 2, 2014: Eric Cantor sends Another Deceptive Anti-Amnesty Mailer

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is at it again.

After sending a deceptive anti-amnesty mailer last week to voters, Cantor’s campaign sent out another this week just days before his June 10 primary against Dave Brat, who has been attacking Cantor on immigration. The new mailer touts the “conservative” Eric Cantor who is “stopping” the “Obama-Reid plan to give illegal aliens amnesty,” according to Politico. The mailer criticizes President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) for promoting amnesty that would “ignore the rule of law” and “reward people for illegal behavior.”

June 8, 2014: Cantor Wants Youth Amnesty Deal With Obama

GOP Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor called for a compromise immigration deal with President Barack Obama during a campaign interview with a local Virginia TV station.

“I have told the president, there are some things we can work on together,” he said in the WTVR interview.

“We can work on the border security bill together, we can work on something like the kids,” he said referring to his proposal to offer some undetermined variety of amnesty to the children and youths of millions of parents who entered the country illegally.

“So far, the president has just insisted that it’s all or nothing, [it is] my way or the highway,” Cantor complained. “That’s not going to happen,” he added.

Amnesty for Youth Leads to Amnesty for All

Understand that the GOP’s plan to grant amnesty to people under 30-years-old (KIDS Act) or illegals who enlist in the military (ENLIST Act) is the first step towards granting amnesty to all.

Look at the news this week about tens of thousands of youth being “warehoused” as the flood over the border.  What are we supposed to do with these minors if we don’t bring their parents to the US?  Put them into a foster care system that can’t find permanent placements for American children?  No — once the youth are granted amnesty the cry will be made in the name of “family preservation” to bring their parents, siblings, grandparents and other relatives to the US and grant them amnesty, also.

The immigration laws are in place for a reason. It’s time to uphold them.

Every one of my grandparents came here as immigrants — Polish Jews, Italian Catholics, Irish Protestants and German Lutherans. They came the proper way — through the front door — and were processed through Castle Garden and Ellis Island. Some of their family and friends were sent back to their country of origin because of things as simple as infectious disease. Others were denied because of lack of skills — they were unable to support themselves upon arrival here.

Here are the laws. Notice, there’s an entire section on the “selection system.” Immigration is not intended to be an open-door system.…/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/act.html

Immigrants Already Standing in Line

And humor me this — if you grant amnesty to all of these who broke the law to get here, are you going to grant amnesty to all of those currently awaiting naturalization and those waiting to come to the US? Are you going to waive their fees and requirements? I know some of those people and they’ve invested time, energy and money to EARN their citizenship. Everyone of them had to jump through multiple hoops to have their petition for naturalization approved.

Ours is a nation of laws, and not of men.

It’s time to honor the Rule of Law. It’s time to secure the borders — some of the people crossing the border are not just people coming here for work. [2010 – Feds Issue Terror Watch for the Texas/Mexico Border]

There is a “tipping point” for this nation where we will be unable to support all of the people who need help — heck, are we not there already? Our nation is already unable to employ our friends and neighbors,and is already being crushed under the weight of the costs of social services for people unable to support themselves.  Do the math and tell me how we are to absorb millions more people?

Cantor Lies

The other issue here is that Cantor is outright LYING about his stance on immigration. Reviewing this timeline, you see that he has supported amnesty since at least January 2013 and still now has gone on record supporting it. There really is no flip-flop — except in his ads!

Okay — so it’s a campaign and all politicians lie to get elected, right? If he lies to his constituents on something as easy to research as this…. when else HAS and WILL he lie to us?

My read on this?

Cantor really didn’t even flip-flop —  he’s always been FOR amnesty. He basically just delayed a vote on it by pulling it from NDAA and holding it til post-primary.

YOUR DECISION: Tuesday, June 10th

You have a decision to make.  There is no democrat in the race, so you can vote your conscience without fear of losing the seat to the democrats.

Do your homework and then plan to vote on Tuesday.

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Posted by on June 9, 2014 in politics


Memorial Day – The Inside Perspective

Once again, I’d like to thank my friend, GI Joey D for this memorial to his Special Forces buddies and to all of those who have served and sacrificed their own lives, so that we may continue to live ours. God will grant eternal grace on their souls.

Disrupt the Narrative

I received this in 2012, written by a man I am honored to call friend – one of the true good guys who laid his life on the line so that the rest of us wouldn’t have to. Sending all my gratitude this Memorial Day to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. And to their family and friends – thank you; we owe you a debt that we can never repay.

“I wrote this several years ago for Memorial day. Sorry poetry is not my thing. I just don’t have the knack, but I didn’t want to make it a short story either. Do with it what you want to, but please do take a moment on Monday.”


The rain drips off the peak of my cap;

Speckles my vision.

The marching band plays in G major, but I hear only minor chords.

Old Glory passes by and I…

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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in politics




A Republican senator views the future with alarm – have we changed, as he says, “from the liberty-loving democracy to a fear-stricken mass of automatons”?

By Arthur R. Robinson, United States Senator from Indiana

We are going through a revolution. Call it what you may — a “change”; and “evolution”; “gradual substitution”; or simply “the New Deal” – the fact is that we have change from a liberty-loving democracy to a fear-stricken mass of automatons ruled by an army of bureaucrats.

Our bureaus which were formerly our servants have now become our masters. Bureaucracy has gone wild in the last year. Today we see a superstructure of more than forty agencies with upward of 40,000 additional government employees.

This is but the beginning. As the gradual change in our form of government moves forward, new agencies are needed. This means more federal employees, more supervision, more bureaucracy – and it all means more money from the citizens’ pocketbooks. But these bureaucrats, utterly irresponsible, do not care who pays the bill so long as they can go merrily on.

This towering burden of bureaucracy contains many incipient dangers to American democracy. We now see in process a moving away from the democracy toward an autocracy of executive dictatorship with countless bureaus and employees, all independent of control by the electorate.

These bureaucrats represent,in large part, plain political spoils. Once in, it is almost impossible to dislodge them, for they wield an increasingly great amount of political influence.

The Home Owners Loan Corporation is reputed to be the worst offending agency of the emergency set-up in this regard. The Senate adopted an amendment to a bill which would make it possible to employ personnel in the HOLC without regard to political considerations. The Senate adopted the amendment; the President wanted it and the HOLC board wanted it; but when the bill reached the House, that body struck out the amendment. Few more unpatriotic acts have been charged against either house of Congress. Yet ever since the advent of the new deal, if anyone has dared criticize, he has been branded “unpatriotic,” “old dealer,” “Tory,” or “standpatter.”

No one has any thought of quarreling with the good intentions of the administration, but present efforts toward recovery have resulted in a virtual abdication of power by the people’s Congress and in a government by Presidential proclamation and edict. Indeed, the system of government now extant is alarmingly reminiscent of the old Russian government by ukase under the czars.

The first step in the much advertised revolution is the virtual abdication of control by representatives of the electorate under the guise of “emergency legislation.” But too often “emergency” enactment graduates into permanent legislation. A majority vote in Congress enacts legislation, but it requires a two-thirds vote to override a veto. Thus constitutional controls are displaced by extra-constitutional controls. This first revolutionary step is bound up with efforts toward hybrid control, some of which is voluntary and some involuntary. Thus as much of the New Deal’s voluntary crop-control efforts fails, we see the administration swinging into an era of compulsory control -witness the Bankhead cotton bill.

Compulsory control is the second major step in the revolution. In industry, with the NRA (National Recovery Agency), we are living under a bureaucracy. Now we learn that the NRA may be made permanent. Industry is being governed by codes, and agriculture is being regimented by voluntary and involuntary crop- and stock-control efforts.

Almost every act of our daily life is influenced directly or indirectly by some of this army of bureaucrats. Here are some of the bureaus or controls, almost every one set up under the New DealAAA, CAB, CC, CCC, CCC [Commodity Credit Corporation], CFC, CSB, CWA, DLB, DSH, Ex-IB, Ex-IB (2), EC, ECPC, EHFA, ECW, FACA, FSLD, FCA, FERA, FFMC, FSRC, FLB, FICB, FSHC, FHLBB, FCOT, FDIC, HOLC, IAB, IBRT, ITPC, LAB, NCB, NEC, NLB, NPB, NRA, NRRB, NPSAC, PAB, PWA, PWEHC, PLPB, SAB, SPBW, RCA, RACC, RFC, SES, TVA, TVAS, USIS, and others.

A political raid foreshadowed what would happen as soon as the bureaucrats could get into the saddle. Just before the present administration came in to power the Senate adopted a resolution demanding that it be furnished with a list of the available jobs in the public service.

This list made a volume of more than four hundred pages and was soon characterized as the “plunder book.” Ironically enough, it was issued on the anniversary of the signing of the first Civil Service Act. Needless to recount what was done with trained and efficient service employees— a literal clean sweep was made by the New Deal regardless of merit or experience.

But the real iniquities began to appear with the Civil Service itself was figuratively tossed out the window and thousands of new employees hired without regard to training or qualifications. Under the lash of the Executive last March, the Congress passed the cruel and inhumane so-called Economy Act. It reduced the budget a few hundred million dollars, but it impoverished thousands of disabled veterans and their families, and depleted purchasing power at a time when it was most seriously needed.

A few millions were lopped from the budget by cutting veterans’ benefits, and several times that amount expended on tree planting in the CCC. Moreover, $148,000,000 was taken from the public works allocation and from labor in the building trades to get the CCC started. Thus useful projects for which money was allocated had to be delayed. Able-bodied young men between eighteen and twenty-five were given jobs while at the same time thousands of disabled war veterans were thrown on charity and relief.

In its annual report last June — and that was before most of the new bureaucratic units had been set up — the National Civil Service Reform League said:

The new administration has turned it’s back on the only method of safeguarding these new agencies from maladministration. Without a single exception the agencies of government thus created have been thrown open to the political spoilsmen to do with as they see fit. The excuse given one objection is made to exemption from civil service tests has been that these agencies are a part of the emergency program and that they may prove temporary in character. A more specious excuse could not be devised to hoodwink the public.

Mark you, this comes from a distinguished nonpartisan body of citizens.

The role of the spoilsman has been eased considerably by the administration’s novel double-budget system. We have had an “ordinary” and an “extraordinary” budget. The former was used to include the ordinary business of operating the government, the latter as a “catch-all” for the emergency expenditures.

When the New Deal was to make a great show of “balancing the budget,” or “reducing expenditures,” and “redeeming pledges to reduce expenditures,” it referred to the ordinary budget. But when it asked Congress for an appropriation of a few million or a few billion dollars, it used the extraordinary budget.

As a result we are faced with a treasury deficit of upwards of ten billions and our national indebtedness will reach a new high when it hits the thirty-two billion mark.

The people should refuse to be deceived any longer. Either we must retrench and safeguard our financial standing or we shall be plunged headlong into reckless and utterly uncontrolled inflation.

More alarming still are the estimates which show that a year after the New Deal began approximately one out of every six persons in the United States owed part or all of his living to the bounty of the federal treasury. In addition to this number more than 860,000 were mortgagors or borrowers of the federal government.

However, the real danger is that almost enough people now owe their living to Uncle Sam to control elections and make this dangerous bureaucracy self-perpetuating. Such a step has obvious perils. It would lead to violent change. Either an extreme right-wing or some form of Fascist control would develop, or the machinery of government would suffer a complete breakdown, which would be followed by extreme left-wing control, communism, or something worse.

We have seen power become more and more centralized. We have seen state lines practically obliterated by controls from Washington, as the federal government has taken over more and more of the so-called reserved powers of the states. New state-encroachment bills are being passed today. With these emergency controls we see regimentation of agriculture and industry. The next step, and the one in the midst of which we find ourselves, is that of compulsory control. After this will come absolute price fixing, and then we may expect a sharp era of income regulation. What next? The collectivism of the New Deal will lead us, if we are not careful, into an era of thoroughgoing regulation. This regulation, if carried to its logical conclusion, may well bring on an autocratic government.

Let America beware!

Bureaucracy never means efficiency — it always spells inefficiency. Look at what it did to Russia during the Russo-Japanese War. We are in the midst of a world that envies us, to say the least. We have a enormous international problems. Bureaucracy, irresponsible and its nature, can settle none of them. Representative government, imperfect though it may be, is still the most efficient devised by man. Let us not discard it.  Constitutional government is as essential to the American people today as it any time in the past.

Only by demolition of much of the vicious structure of bureaucracy which has so suddenly grown up among us may we preserve our freedom and the Constitution of the United States which guarantees a square deal to all men.

The End

This article was published on September 22, 1934 in Liberty magazine. With a few minor changes, it could have been written today. Eighty years later we have failed to heed Senator Robinson’s warning and have instead allowed the federal bureaucracies to expand and flourish – further increasing the federal powers (and debt) while diminishing the States’ powers. We still make first cuts at the expense of our veterans. Senator Robinson references a mere forty new bureaucracies. How shocked would he be to discover the eleven pages of Cabinets, Agencies, Bureaus, Departments, and others currently listed on the federal government’s registry? How would he view our current debt problem and our treatment of veterans?

The article notes “Senator Robinson has been a hard, consistent fighter in the cause of nationalism, also against foreign debt cancellation – on which subject he has spoken his mind in Liberty. He is known especially as a Senatorial champion of veterans’ claims; he himself served in the A.E.F. and the army of occupation on the Rhine, and rose from shavetail to major.”

Franklin Roosevelt had been in office for just over one year and America was in the depths of the Great Depression. Unemployment FELL to 21.7%.


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