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Tue Jan 19, 2021, 07:19 AM

The 'deep state' of loyalists Trump is leaving behind for Biden

Donald Trump spent four years railing against a “deep state” of career federal workers he claimed was undermining his administration from the inside.

When Joe Biden takes office next week, he may actually have one.

A higher-than-usual number of Trump administration political appointees — some with highly partisan backgrounds — are currently "burrowing" into career positions throughout the federal government, moving from appointed positions into powerful career civil service roles, which come with job protections that will make it difficult for Biden to fire them.

While this happens to some degree in every presidential transition, and some political appointees make for perfectly capable public servants, Biden aides, lawmakers, labor groups and watchdog organizations are sounding the alarm — warning that in addition to standard burrowing, the Trump administration is leaning on a recent executive order to rush through dozens if not hundreds of these so-called “conversions.” The fear is that, once entrenched in these posts, the Trump bureaucrats could work from the inside to stymie Biden's agenda, much of which depends on agency action.

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/01/19/trump-loyalists-burrowing-biden-460238

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Roisin Ni Fiachra Jan 2021 OP
Proud liberal 80 Jan 2021 #1
pwb Jan 2021 #2
vlyons Jan 2021 #7
arlyellowdog Jan 2021 #3
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JHB Jan 2021 #5
Thekaspervote Jan 2021 #6

Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2021, 07:23 AM

1. Trump and Republicans are always projecting

I knew this is what he would do early on when he was crying about a deep state

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2021, 07:25 AM

2. They can be put in positions far away

or in the basement somewhere. They won't stay. Unless they are Russian?

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Response to pwb (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 19, 2021, 08:01 AM

7. That's right. Transfer them into a job watch paint dry.

nt

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2021, 07:29 AM

3. They THINK they're staying

It sounded to me like Biden’s team is annoyed they’ll have to spend time transferring them. But none of them will have power. Biden learned from Obama’s mistakes. Biden’s team needs to go in like Reagan did and purge.

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2021, 07:33 AM

5. Put them with the plans for the Islington Bypass

"But Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months."

"Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn't exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them, had you? I mean, like actually telling anybody or anything."

"But the plans were on display ..."

"On display? I eventually had to go down to the cellar to find them."

"That's the display department."

"With a flashlight."

"Ah, well the lights had probably gone."

"So had the stairs."

"But look, you found the notice didn't you?"

"Yes," said Arthur, "yes I did. It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'."

-- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy

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Response to Roisin Ni Fiachra (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2021, 07:42 AM

6. Politico...worthless trash

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