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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Too Many Bureaucrats to Count
This past weekend at the Federalist Society National Convention in Washington, I became aware that some (who knows how many?) political appointees from the Bush administration are still on the government payroll.
One man, who works for one those cabinet-level departments that many conservatives would abolish, was appointed as Schedule C political appointee. After Obama's inauguration, this Republican expected that someone would thank him for his service and show him the door.
It never happened.
Four years later, the Obama appointees assume that he is a fellow "progressive" -- because he has been there so long. Consequently, he hears candid discussions among Democrat political appointees. For example, he knew, in advance, that the labor statistics before the Election would understate unemployment by not counting California's numbers.
That's the back-drop for the Fiscal Cliff negotiations: we have so many people on the Federal payroll that people can get lost, for years.