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When the people of Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Tunisia finally got tired of being mistreated, lied to, and abused by their dictators, they fought back, and are still fighting, for a more democratic-style government. Today, the U.S. government has descended from a rich and vibrant democracy of three independent and equal government branches with real checks and balances into an abusive, secretive, bankrupt, and corporate-driven oligarchy. All three government branches of public officials now work as one to enrich themselves and their corporate benefactors on the backs of the American people. This untenable position continues because the American people, Democrats, and Republicans, seem to have lost sight of three fundamental facts: (1) this 236 year old democracy exists only because our forefathers and colonists demanded a government of, by, and for the people and settled for nothing less, (2) our forefather's checks and balances insulated executive and judicial branch civil service professionals from the political whims of each incoming administration, and (3) public officials once honored the Constitution, the government's laws, and made every effort to ensure the American people's trust in a unique and treasured democratic way-of-life. Today, Presidents, Congress, and other public officials lie, ignore the Constitution, routinely break the government's laws, and dishonor their positions of power and trust with the simple act of refusing to release their tax returns. Why do we, the American people, continue to tolerate a government that no longer supports our forefather's democratic principles, Constitution, and our best interests?     

The U.S. government's precipitous fall from solvent democracy to fear-based, abusive, secretive, and bankrupt oligarchy began with the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) and a political and legislative mandate to promote efficiency and accountability. This legislation violated one of our forefather's checks and balances by replacing "apolitical" civil service professionals with corporate managers that would now fill newly created senior executive service (SES) political appointee management positions within the executive and judicial branches. This meant that, post 1978, each incoming administration's President, Vice President, and executive schedule (EX) political appointees could now use (or be used by) those inherited corporate SES executive and judicial branch political appointee "managers" and their (now beholden) career civil service "employees." In accordance with the 1978 CSRA, both EX & SES political appointee corporate managers could now routinely flit between the government's executive and judicial branches and their "parent" corporation big money jobs, thereby earning them the title of revolving door bureaucrats (RDBs).   Did President Obama break his promise to the American people of an "open, transparent, and accountable government?" Or, did he, future administrations, and the American people not realize that the federal government's infrastructures had already been fashioned (weakened) to promote corporate-driven agendas then, now, and forever?   Read the remainder of this article and you can decide for yourself.

Since 1978, politicians and their RDB corporate managers created an unwieldy bureaucracy, trillion dollar annual deficits, and a national debt that skyrocketed from 845 billion to 16.3 trillion dollars. Deregulation, outsourcing, and war-related political agendas increased this corporate stranglehold even more, along with the ever-increasing waste, fraud, and abuse of the taxpayer's money. RDB corporate managers and their contractors have continued to dominate and undermine virtually every facet of the government's federal bureaucracy. Harbingers of those failed political agendas, and monumental increases to the national debt include the 1980's bailout of failed savings and loan (S&L) companies, the 2008 economic crisis, and the Iraq and Afghanistan oil-related wars. The American people, however, are still unaware of just how badly Republicans, Democrats, and their corporate RDBs have weakened and destroyed the federal bureaucracy's infrastructures solely to implement those corporate-driven agendas. Both parties violated the Constitution and broke the government's laws by either intentionally undermining the government's infrastructures to implement those political agendas, and/or in covering-up that fact by ignoring the consistent warnings from government whistleblower professionals. Both government security (FBI, CIA, and NSA) and non security whistleblower professionals, including the military, scientists, doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants, and auditors, have reported these serious breaches, to no avail.

After 34 years of politically-driven, fear-based practices in forcing these political agendas, the government's infrastructures have been continually undermined, as follows: (1) harass, retaliate against, ostracize, and fire civil service professionals for protecting the best interests of the American people, (2) covert elimination of the minimal 4 year college degree Office of Personnel Management (OPM) requirement from professional position standards in order to replace those professionals with unqualified people; available documentation shows that accountants, auditors, and Department of Energy (DOE) engineer professional positions have already been undermined in this manner, along with probably others, (3) Congress' ongoing failure to pass real whistleblower protection legislation despite a 14 year, intensive effort by non-profits and whistleblowers to pass this legislation, and (4) political appointee RDB cover-ups of all levels of collusion and corruption by abusing the State Secrets Privilege (SSP) and confidential business information (CBI) policies.

Just as corporate profits (and reduced expenses) require the highest qualified staff and managers and the full and unconditional support of everyone up the corporate chain-of-command, the same conditions also apply for cutting the gross waste, fraud, and abuse from the government's operation.Look at the following executive, judicial, and legislative branch examples to better understand how politicians and/or their corporate RDB managers have consistently undermined the government and are solely responsible for the $15.5 trillion dollar increase in the national debt since 1978. Citizens must take a more active role in demanding the specific government reforms needed to decrease the national debt and return this government back to the American people.

Executive Branch

Three executive branch examples involving the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Drug Administration (FDA), and an executive branch government-wide fiduciary failure illustrate but a few of the U.S. government's wanton acts of collusion and corruption:

SEC -- The American people have paid top dollar to EX / SES political appointee RDBs from Goldman Sachs, AIG, Lehman Brothers, and other financial institutions. In return for receiving their taxpayer subsidized salaries, politicians and their RDBs have eliminated civil service professionals for protecting the American people's best interests, shredded the documentation relating to over 18,000 cases against many of their parent corporate firms, and precipitated the 2008 economic crisis. Reference Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone article, "Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?"

FDA scientists are also constantly under attack for questioning the EX / SES political appointee RDB medical review process that places their parent corporation profits above the safety of the American people. The following FDA scientist quote in a 2009 Truthout article raises legitimate questions over the government's continued use of EX / SES political appointee RDBs to fill managerial positions at federal department, bureau, and agency levels:

"Currently, there is an atmosphere at FDA in which the honest employee fears the dishonest employee (and political appointee RDB managers)."

A recent July 2012 New York Times story, "Vast FDA Effort Tracked Emails of Its Scientists," expands on the above 2009 story and details how FDA political appointee RDB managers tracked internal scientist emails to Congress and the media (like criminals).   Why? Because they voiced their professional concerns and exercised their 1st amendment rights, and, for this, four professional scientists were fired.

Executive branch government-wide fiduciary failure -- Executive branch agencies, including the Department of Defense, have no ability to provide an accurate accounting of the taxpayer's money, at any level. The overall problem is that it is more profitable for politicians and their campaign-contributing benefactors, like the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), to oversee two deficient accounting standards, one for the federal government and yet another for state and local governments. The following brief federal anecdote describes how this collusion and corruption works at the federal level.

In October 1987, political appointee RDBs within the Office of Management and Budget Government Accountability Office, Treasury Department, and General Services Administration, knowingly, outsourced deficient financial software to an entire federal bureaucracy. The financial management contractors (FMCs) involved in this ongoing scam include AICPA firms, financial software companies, and management consulting firms. Today, 25-years later, multibillions in deficient financial software, taxpayers are still paying top dollar salaries to EX & SES (non-accountant) RDB managers, these FMCs, and an entire federal bureaucracy of accounting office's non-accountants who still rely on manual Excel spreadsheets to prepare all formal federal financial statements. But, how is this possible?   The answer is really quite simple since the only accountants involved in the process are the FMCs.   The EX / SES political appointee RDB' s are non-accountants, the FMCs design, implement, train the unquestioning non-accountants who use this deficient software, and then these same FMCs audit their own defective processes. Then, all parties work as one eliminating the few remaining professional accountants and auditors who continue to question these flawed processes. Consider that the Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 provided real and meaningful penalties for the Enron, Worldcom, and Tyco corporate managers who knowingly falsified their corporate financial statements. Why did the highest government officials ignore 30 years of even more egregious behavior by public officials and the FMCs?   Documentation describing the above events appears in the National Accountant Whistleblower Coalition (NAWBC) website. This documentation includes over three decades worth of internal emails, letters to Congress (Pelosi/Reid), Chairman, Government Affairs Committee (Senator Fred Thompson), OPED articles, and even certified letters to the current and former Comptroller Generals of the U.S., Gene Dodaro and David Walker, questioning the accuracy of 14 years of their written Congressional testimony, and much more.

Judicial Branch

Like the prior executive branch examples, Eric Holder (RDB political appointee) first worked in the Justice Department and then obtained a position in the Covington & Burlington law firm defending clients like Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Chase, and others. So, why are we surprised that these same firms were never held accountable?   For details supporting these statements, see the Newsweek May 14, 2012 issue, "Why Can't Obama Bring Wall Street to Justice?"

Congress   (legislative branch) is also beholden to corporations and their lobbyists. Congress undermines the legislative branch by accepting their taxpayer subsidized salaries for fulfilling their legislative responsibility of writing the government's laws and then gets paid, again, by corporations and their lobbyists for undermining that legislation. A single example illustrates how these Congressional rewrites of their own legislation makes a mockery of Congress' legislation and all government laws. Consider that in the 1860's Congress passed the False Claims Act, or Lincoln Law, to hold unscrupulous contractors accountable for repaying the government for their sale of decrepit horses, faulty ammunition, etc. Today, Congress has rewritten the False Claims Act and rendered that legislation meaningless by now exempting the "executive, judicial, and legislative branches from prosecution for providing deficient goods and services" to the American people.   For more information on how Congress, the White House, and lobbyists work together to undermine the American people's best interests, read Matt Taibbi's Rolling Stone article, "The Slow Painful Death of Dodd Frank."

Another way of looking at this 34-year, $15.5 trillion dollar increase in the national debt is to state the obvious. The U.S. government is an unsustainable, law-breaking, out-of-control, federal spending machine that has transferred $15.5 trillion dollars of wealth from the many to the few, all while producing nothing of value within either the public or private sectors. The impetus for this redistribution of wealth began with the U.S. government's outright lies concerning every facet of its corporate-driven deregulation, outsourcing, and war-related political agendas. Republicans, Democrats, corporate RDB political appointees, and the masses of (now) unqualified bureaucrats have successfully covered-up all levels of wrongdoing over the past three decades through the government's systematic elimination of whistleblower professionals along with its continued abuse of the secrecy SSP and CBI policies.

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I graduated from Michigan Technological University (MTU) in June 1968 with a BSBA in accounting and have been a federal accountant for over 40 years, 25 as a whistleblower in the government, and 2 years retired. In the early 1980's, I became (more...)
 

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