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Trading a Political Appointee-Based Oligarchy for a Cost Effective, Citizen-Based Democracy

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The U.S. government is a prime example of just how fragile, and fleeting, political appointee based democracies are. The last 5 administrations have used their ever-growing numbers of partisan/unqualified political appointee managers to unconstitutionally transition a financially-sound democracy into a debt-ridden and repressive oligarchy, under the pretense of national security, government efficiency, and creating a faith-based government. The cost of this unconstitutional oligarchy links to a 36 year, $17+ trillion spike in the national debt, from a 1978 low of $789 billion to its current $18+ trillion total. There is, however, no way of computing the emotional/financial cost of the pain/suffering that this government's corrupt politicians have inflicted upon Americans and citizens (worldwide), via its corporate-driven deregulation, outsourcing, global warming, and war-related agendas. The illicit trillion dollar transfers from the American people to this government's political/corporate criminals include the 1980's collapse of the S&L's, 2008 economic crisis, Iraq Afghanistan wars, and (a still hidden) Enron-style market economy crisis, caused by more worthless corporate financial statements. This dark side of the U.S. government's history is labeled for what it is, a 36 year crime spree where corrupt politicians, Republican and Democrat, undermined the U.S. Constitution and the government's own laws for their own political/financial gain.

The 1st breach to the U.S. Constitution involving 3 independent government branches began with the placement of partisan/unqualified political appointees in managerial positions of power/authority over 2.8 million executive/judicial branch non-partisan/technically qualified government service (GS) level civil servants. Congress undermined those executive/judicial branches' GS level civil servants again by writing legislation supporting their corporate lobbyist's (and their corporate political appointee manager's) unconstitutional needs. The 2nd breach to the U.S. Constitution include violations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, and the "separation between church and state" that were intended to maintain civility between the executive/judicial branches' believers and non-believers. George W. Bush decimated those U.S. Constitution-based checks and balances (again) by placing his faith-based political appointees in positions of power/authority over those executive/judicial branch non-partisan/technically qualified GS level professional's believers/non-believers. Congress also undermined the 1st Amendment's Establishment Clause by claiming those same (supposed) faith-based beliefs and then writing legislation supporting faith-based corporations to instead create more taxpayer waste and even more graft/corruption, in the name of God.

The American people can no longer afford to vote one set of corrupt Democrats out of office by voting another set of equally corrupt Republicans into office and vice versa, as noted by their own above breaches to the U.S. Constitution they were elected to protect/defend. Why? Because this failed practice ignores a fundamental reality. This oligarchy's politicians control all laws, rules, and regulations, all managerial positions of power/authority, and all levels of misinformation (by design), by having covertly/unconstitutionally transitioned:

1. Three (3) independent (citizen-based) government branches into 3 interdependent (corporate-based) branches, and

2. The executive/judicial branches' 2.8 million GS level non-partisan/technically qualified (citizen-based) bureaucracies into a like-minded partisan/unqualified (corporate-based) bureaucracy of GS civil servants

In the rare instance(s) that the truth does emerge regarding this oligarchy's all-encompassing levels of gross incompetence, collusion, and corruption, the ever-growing numbers of political appointee and GS level civil servant mangers simply declare that information as secret, and a violation of the State Secrets Protection Act or the government's confidential business information (CBI) policies.

This now firmly-entrenched unconstitutional oligarchy's 3 interdependent/ corporate-dominant government branches is not about to acknowledge any level of wrongdoing or to reverse its blatantly undemocratic/illegal behavior. The problem, however, for the last 5 administration's politicians, political appointees, and there also now corporate-dominant GS level civil servants are the unending paper trails documenting the 36 years of their illegal/ unconstitutional breaches against the American people. A very small amount of that documentation is summarized in this article and serves to highlight exactly why the American people cannot afford to demand anything less from this unconstitutional oligarchy than to restructure all 3 government branches (top/bottom), starting now and as follows:

1. Congress (as the American people's representatives) - pass legislation requiring a fixed number of terms for all members to recreate a legislative branch that supports independent executive and judicial branches; any member exceeding that term limit will face an immediate election and be replaced by the winner of that election.

2. Congress/President Obama -- write/pass legislation requiring: (1) public discussions between civil servant/contractor whistleblowers and all 3 government branches' public officials identifying the government reforms needed to restore the American people's faith in their government, and (2) a Constitutional amendment mandating a recall vote of any public official (including the president) who fails, for no legitimate reason, to implement the promises that resulted in his/her election, i.e. like President Obama.

3. Obama/subsequent administrations -- restore the minimal college degree requirement that political appointees covertly/illegally deleted from the accountant, auditor, and electrical engineer Office of Personnel Management (OPM) GS level professional position standards (probably more) to flood the bureaucracy with partisan/unqualified people.

4. Congress/President Obama -- write/pass legislation transitioning all positions of power/authority from the executive/judicial branches' corrupt political appointees/GS civil servants to a citizen-based board of non-partisan/technically qualified GS professionals who meet upgraded (private sector quality) OPM position standards.

5. Congress/President Obama -- write/pass legislation granting this citizen-based executive/judicial branch board (fixed term limits) with the following powers to ensure that the American people's best interests always prevail, as follows:

a. Restructure/operate the executive/judicial branches as an apolitical/cost-effective corporation - organization charts with clean lines of authority/ responsibility, the highest qualified staff/managers, and the freedom to fire/remove any GS civil servant who fails to protect/defend the U.S. Constitution, the government's laws, and cut its operating costs.

b. Require Congress to rewrite any legislation that undermines the U.S. Constitution's checks/balances or the GS level civil servant's ability within: (1) the executive branch to cut its operating costs, and (2) the judicial branch to prosecute political/corporate criminals to the full extent of the law.

Cost effective, citizen-based democracies (federal, state, local, foreign government) mimic the same basic requirements of a for-profit corporation. That is, a supportive Board of Directors (3 independent government branches), qualified staff/managers (non-partisan/technically qualified GS level professionals), and the checks/balances to validate the accuracy of the information provided to that Board of Directors, and its shareholders, the American people.

The remainder of this article provides a step-by-step analysis explaining how this unconstitutional oligarchy evolved and why as much as 50% and more of each annual federal budget is political/corporate waste, and an unnecessary operating cost that will be eliminated by restructuring this unconstitutional oligarchy's 3 government branches. Using the 2013 federal budget's $3.8 trillion as an example, this translates into $2 trillion dollars of waste that includes both its mandatory spending [Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, safety net (grant-related) programs, interest on the debt] and discretionary (contract-related) spending. This political/corporate booty (taxpayer waste) gets recycled from corporations (via valueless grants/contracts) back to the corrupt politicians (who wrote the laws/weakened the government's infrastructures) to effect those transfers. A now equally corrupt U.S. Supreme Court has legalized these illicit trillion dollar transfers in wealth from the American people to these political/corporate criminals with its Citizens United Act and McCutcheon's case decisions. As noted below, these egregious levels of waste are driven by: (1) Congress' (lobbyists) corporate-friendly legislation that continually undermines both the executive/judicial branches' GS civil servants, and (2) those branches' centuries-old (still unquestioned) failed management practices.

Politicians, starting with George Washington and over the past 225 years (1789 -- 2014), have relied upon a failed/troubled management practice of filling/refilling the government's highest managerial positions (every 4 -- 8 years) with each administration's partisan/unqualified executive schedule (ES) political appointees. Why? This was the first built-in source of political/corporate waste (booty) since partisan/unqualified ES political appointees typically promoted the procurement of valueless corporate goods/services (aka contracts/grants) that got rubberstamped from one administration to the next. When politicians and their ES political appointees publicly complained about these 1970's exorbitant levels of waste (that they created), they (instead) targeted non-partisan/technically qualified GS level civil servants as lazy/inept and the source of that waste. In October 1978, both political parties joined ranks to pass Jimmy Carter's Civil Service Reform Act (CSRA) to ensure that political/corporate-generated waste (their booty) became a significant part (50% and more) of each annual federal budget's now acceptable operating costs. How?

This legislation unconstitutionally placed foxes (corporate executives) in positions of power/ authority over BOTH executive/judicial branches' chicken houses (their 2.8 million non-partisan/technically qualified civil servants), via their newly appointed partisan/technically unqualified Senior Executive Service (SES) political appointees. Despite the 1978 CSRA's whistleblower protection(s), the next 5 administration's politicians used their (ES/SES) partisan/unqualified political appointees to illegally retaliate against, fire, and demote BOTH branches' whistleblowers for rightfully questioning their corporate-driven deregulation, outsourcing, global warming, and war-related agendas. Sometime after 2011, a 3rd level of political appointees (Title 42) was added to that list. Ever increasing numbers/levels of partisan/unqualified political appointee managers plus Congressional legislation that supported those corporate political appointee's unconstitutional needs have placed the American people in the unsustainable position of subsidizing:

A bureaucracy of 2.8 million ES/SES/Title 42/GS level partisan/unqualified/corporate-dominant/faith-based hypocrites whose only function was (and still is) to rubberstamp the political/corporate whims (and waste) of each administration, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, AND

Up to $2 trillion of each annual federal budget's mandatory/discretional spending that is wasted on "roads to nowhere" (aka grants/contracts).

The following examples highlight how the last 5 administrations and all 3 government branches used national security, government efficiency, and a faith-based government to undermine the U.S. Constitution's checks/balances and to subjugate Americans and citizens (worldwide) to the political/corporate whims of each new administration, in 1978 (CSRA), now, and forever:

National Security Agency's (NSA) -- political appointees bullied civil servants to protect superiors from damaging information, and the use of contractors to covertly violate citizen's privacy rights (worldwide), per NSA, NSA1, contractor whistleblowers.

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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 40 years, mostly as a whistleblower, now 11 years retired. During the period 1980 - 1986, as the Veterans (more...)

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