Posts Tagged ‘government’

July 23rd, 2022 - 1:12 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

A brief primer on why Civil Service exists and why we shouldn’t let GOPers tamper with it

“Donald Trump plans to enact a massive purge of federal workers and fill their positions with loyalists should he win re-election in 2024.” According to Wikipedia (here), “The civil service is a collective term for … career civil servants hired on professional merit rather th[...]

December 19th, 2017 - 4:27 pm § in Misc.

Port of Seattle hires new leader

“Plagued by public-trust issues …, the Port of Seattle on Tuesday went in a new direction” and hired Stephen Metruck, “a former rear admiral and chief financial officer at the U.S. Coast Guard,” to take over as executive director of the Port. Metruck supervised “[...]

April 24th, 2015 - 1:07 pm § in America, Politics, The Ave Scene

Actions speak louder than skin color

What is the significance of a black person becoming the top law enforcement official if they do nothing different than their white predecessors? Loretta Lynch, a black woman, is set to become the new US Attorney General.  Some black people that I have talked to about her, seem to be excited.  Not[...]

July 16th, 2014 - 1:21 pm § in America


US records USD 71 billion budget surplus in June Washington – The US government ran a monthly budget surplus in June, putting it on course to record the lowest annual deficit since 2008. The Treasury Department says the June surplus totaled USD 71 billion, following a USD 130 billion deficit i[...]

February 10th, 2011 - 12:36 am § in Politics

Thanks to government we have …

Don Smith, Ave Contributor Conservatives love to hate government. But thanks to government, we have police, the courts, contract law, potable water, the Internet, seat belts, childhood immunization, and so many other public and private goods. I’m collecting reasons to be thankful for governmen[...]

January 20th, 2011 - 1:36 pm § in America

Republicans Propose $2,500,000,000,000 in cuts.

Here is the List (below the break). The list intentionally excludes defense and homeland security. Much of it borders on facetious. There are a few attacks on education, cultural  and academic areas (in blue) but the surprises are in what is left out.  There are no proposed reductions in: Agricult[...]

December 11th, 2010 - 6:51 pm § in Misc., Politics

ANIMAL FARM, Congress Style

As government employees, we are all quite aware of NOT using government reources.  How it it them that a Congressman’s son was caught using OUR federal  Cadillac Escalade?  Can a UW profs get a car too?  Or at least a Vespa? The story is about John Conyer’s son.  The Detroit Free Pr[...]