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FYI:

Here is Garrett’s bio on twitter:

Former Sr Fellow @CFR_org. Recipient of Pulitzer Prize, Polk (2Xs) and Peabody Awards. Author: IHeard theSirensScream, TheComingPlague, Ebola & BetrayalofTrust.

Here is a direct link to the plan itself:

Delivering Government Solutions in the 21 st Century-
Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations

Garrett’s summary:

Net impact of the #Trump govt reorg scheme is taking everything across govt that is for poor & needy people and consolidate it under single budgetary authority, cut science all over the place, eliminate the Census Bureau, reduce regulation &, as this closing shot shows, #MAGA .

The closing shot is a picture that shows a child on his father’s shoulders waving an American flag.  Superimposed on the image are the words: “Let President Trump reorganize the government like a business” — Michelle, Delaware

Of course, the Constitution does not give any president the power to “reorganize the government” in the manner that a CEO might do.  Friends, rich and powerful interests in this country want to be free of any regulations that might inhibit their wealth and power, and let the poor and needy fend for themselves, which is pretty much how rich and powerful interests have always operated over the entire course of human history.  Lest anyone be confused, the definition of “poor and needy” ultimately means anyone who is NOT rich and powerful.  For sure it includes me, most likely it also includes you.

I am coming to see that the word “capitalism” is ultimately a highly sugarcoated word that essentially means the same thing as “might makes right”.   Same old story, VERY OLD story, only with a new cast of players.


Thomas Jefferson, A Nation of Sheep will have a Government of Wolves

The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro’ the channel of the public papers, & to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them.

Democracy depends on an informed electorate.  Today, we are surrounded not by information, but by propaganda.  What can we do?  We must work to restore the fairness doctrine.

The fairness doctrine of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, was a policy that required the holders of broadcast licenses both to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was—in the FCC’s view—honest, equitable, and balanced. The FCC eliminated the policy in 1987 and removed the rule that implemented the policy from the Federal Register in August 2011.[1]

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The demise of this FCC rule has been considered by some to be a contributing factor for the rising level of party polarization in the United States.[2][3]

Thomas Jefferson continues:

I am convinced that those societies (as the Indians) which live without government enjoy in their general mass an infinitely greater degree of happiness than those who live under the European governments. Among the former, public opinion is in the place of law, & restrains morals as powerfully as laws ever did anywhere. Among the latter, under pretence of governing they have divided their nations into two classes, wolves & sheep. I do not exaggerate.

Behold, the wolves are coming out to devour the rest of us.

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  1. Stop whatever you’re doing and read the @WhiteHouse plan for complete reorganization of the entire federal government. I have tweeted some highlights, but honestly can’t begin to capture the horror.
    Overall, it privatizes a lot, cuts, & consolidates power.https://t.co/P08kGi7dSh

    The Reichstag Fire Decree (German: Reichstagsbrandverordnung) is the common name of the Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State (German: Verordnung des Reichspräsidenten zum Schutz von Volk und Staat) issued by German President Paul von Hindenburg on the advice of Chancellor Adolf Hitler on 28 February 1933 in immediate response to the Reichstag fire. The decree nullified many of the key civil liberties of German citizens. With Nazis in powerful positions in the German government, the decree was used as the legal basis for the imprisonment of anyone considered to be opponents of the Nazis, and to suppress publications not considered “friendly” to the Nazi cause. The decree is considered by historians as one of the key steps in the establishment of a one-party Nazi state in Germany.

    highlight (consolidates power)
    Extreme, yes I know BUT…it did not happen overnight, remember that in November, GET OUT AND VOTE THE BASTARDS OUT!!!

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