Serving Our Government Masters

First U.S. Shutdown In 17 Years Unavoidable With No TalksThere was a time when even the highest government officials lived simpler lives.

President George Washington made do with Tobias Lear, who not only served as his secretary, but also doubled as a diplomat and even measured his body for burial. President Thomas Jefferson made do with Meriwether Lewis as his personal secretary and Lewis also doubled as Jefferson’s explorer in the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Washington worked on an expense account instead of a salary. He began his presidency working out of a rented three story house that was later demolished as a slum clearance project to make way for the Brooklyn Bridge on a spot only a few minutes away from what is now Ground Zero.

Washington once said that government is “a troublesome servant and a fearful master.” Government has long ceased being a troublesome servant and has become our fearful master. Today the servants of the people have more servants of their own than many kings and queens.

The government shutdown has forced Obama to make do with only a quarter of his 1,701 person staff. That would leave 436 “vital” employees. The 90 people who look after his living quarters would be slashed to 15 to “provide minimum maintenance and support”.

Buckingham Palace, which is twelve times the size of the White House and has its own clockmaker, only has an 800 person staff.  King Harald V of Norway and his court make do with 152 staffers. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden gets by with 203.

On Twitter, Michelle Obama announced that she is unable to Tweet on her own without the aid of all of her sixteen assistants; many of whom take home six figure salaries. There are more directors, associate directors and deputy associate directors on Michelle Obama’s staff than there were in George Washington’s entire administration.

Presidents have fought wars and made peace, explored and annexed vast territories and built a nation out of a handful of colonies with fewer senior staffers than are needed to handle Michelle Obama’s Twitter account.

In 2009, Oprah’s Harpo Productions released a video of celebrities pledging “to be a servant to our president.” The idea that presidents were to be the servants of the people rather than their masters had become outmoded.

There is a word for men who surround themselves with czars, who expand their staffs, who fly their dogs out on separate planes, who amuse themselves at the expense of the people at lavish parties, concerts and vacations.

And it isn’t public servant.

The government shutdown with its furloughing of 800,000 Federal workers isn’t the apocalypse that the political establishment claims it is. The apocalypse is the very existence of 800,000 Federal workers who can be sent home without any apocalypse until some deal is hammered out and they return to their jobs within the bowels of a massive bureaucracy that extends its reach and influence into every household.

Servants don’t tell masters what to do. And that is the real function of much of the Federal workforce. The theatrics over national park closings and empty museums are window dressing meant to leave the false impression that the function of Federal workers is to open velvet ropes and point out the place where Dolly Madison once slept.

And that’s a dangerous lie.

The truth comes out in the more tangible concerns over permits. In a country where a permit is required to do nearly anything, the Federal government more closely resembles a permit processing system than anything else. The shutdown hurts businesses, not because they need the massive bureaucracy, but because it slows down the already onerous bureaucracy that makes it so hard to do business.

The Federal government employs nearly 3 million civilian workers. One for every 100 Americans. The only time we had more civilian workers than that was during the last days of World War II.

In 1944, the Department of Defense had 2.2 million civilian employees and civilian agencies like Justice, Treasury and Education had 683,000. By 2011, the situation was reversed. Despite fighting several wars, there were now 773,000 civilians in the Department of Defense and 1.3 million in the civilian agencies; a legacy of all our new lost social wars on poverty, marriage, literacy, morality and poor self-esteem.

In 1940, the Code of Federal Regulations was a mere 5,307 pages. By 2010, it was up to 81,405 pages.

We were now firmly in the land of thousand page omnibus bills that had to be passed to be fully known. We were living under a government whose top officials no longer knew what they were doing. They had passed on that responsibility to the vast bureaucracy of Federal employees who had become the true masters of the system.

Those 3 million Federal employees had come to matter more than the 100 senators and 435 representatives.

The shutdown is a breath of reality entering a stale room whose occupants are completely out of touch with the economic situation in the rest of the country.

Government employees have a 4.2% unemployment rate compared to 8.6% for private sector workers and a union membership rate of 35.9% compared to 6.6% for private sector workers. The very people who made ObamaCare and will oversee ObamaCare have been immunized against its toxic effects.

There are indeed two Americas. There is the America of the worker and the America of his master; the public servant. There is the America of the small businessman and the America of the crony capitalist. There is the unreal America of the Obamas and their retinue of assistants, czars and chefs and the real America where fathers hunt through the job ads wondering how they will feed their families next week.

The government shutdown is bringing the real America into the unreal America. The parties are still going on and most Federal workers are staying on the job. Overtime is still being paid to government workers and the only thing that will really happen is that some of the paychecks will be a bit late.

It’s not the reality that most of the country is living with, but finally the Government Class is feeling a touch of the pain of the Working Class; that sense of helplessness and insecurity that has been alien to the masters living at the expense of the servants.

The sun has set over Versailles. And the sun isn’t supposed to set.

A million businesses may close. A million Americans may lose their homes. A million fathers may wonder how they will feed their children. But Government America was still supposed to grind on, growing fat on their toil, spending billions on a whim around the world and then sending in SWAT teams at the merest regulatory infraction.

“I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world,” George Washington said. Now the city named after him has become the home of a new Sun King and his empire of government workers. The farms have closed. The factories have been shut down. But the government buildings continue to rise.

Yesterday the sun set on Washington D.C. May it rise one day on a new nation whose leaders would rather be farmers than emperors.

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  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    Magnificent essay. One of your very best.

    • L

      Check out Fake Authenticity by Greenfield – one of my favs.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Thank you

  • Alvaro

    As a historian it disgusts me to see how history is repeating itself. Decent and down-to earth servants of the people like George Washington are gradually replaced by autocrats who see themselves as too good for the people and masters of all. It is the kind of people who think they are entitled to do whatever they please whithout consulting the people. It is the kind of people who feast while the people is starving, and vacates in times of dire crisis. In previous times such rulers have often been replaced though bloody revolutions. Let’s hope it can be done with the ballot box this time.

    • vulgar_imposter

      You talking about Obama? The guy that was elected TWICE by the American people. Sounds like sour grapes to me, Alvaro. I’ll bet you’re a pretty lousy historian.

      • patron

        How Obama won:
        1. Dump bus fulls of illiterates, criminals and Somali nations to the polls
        2. Mitt Romney’s a murderer
        3. Disability fraud and living in your mom’s basement counts as employeed.
        4. It’s all Bush’s fault
        5. Give me more money or the banks will fail again.

        On election day, the voters wanted Mitt Romney’s ideas, but they felt Will Smith deserved another chance.

        • vulgar_imposter

          LOL! I love it. You Republicans are a hoot. Always willing to lie to win and to explain their incompetence. Please, provide objective evidence of fraud at the polls. If you can’t, be gone. I might be forced to step on you.
          Why have Republicans lost the popular vote in every single election but one since 1988?
          1. Ideas that don’t work.
          2. They rely too heavily on old, doughy white voters who are slowly but surely dying out.
          3. Democrats run smarter campaigns.
          4. Republicans are petty, focusing on silly issues like gay marriage, abortion, etc.

          • plebis

            They tend to lose because it’s difficult to compete with Santa. I laughed out loud when I read the part about lies….considering that Barry is the King of Lies.

          • NAHALKIDES

            5. Public sector workers and welfare recipients vote Democratic almost to a man. There is nothing Republicans can do about this; the welfare class votes itself an unearned income to be extorted from victims who are no longer numerous enough to protect themselves by voting Republican.

            Let’s remove the franchise for public sector employees and anyone receiving any form of government assistance (which is how it should always have been) and then see how many national elections you Democratic Socialists can win.

          • herb benty

            Traditionalists will win again, or Obama will successfully have turned America into Greece. Will you be happy in the bread line?

          • ziggy zoggy

            Vulgar impotence,

            Democrat voters are stupid. You are living proof. And the most incontrovertible proof of all?

            OBAMA.

            Dead people, pets, foreigners and other Democrats vote in every election – multiple times.

        • Classicist

          This comment is insane.

      • Alvaro

        “You talking about Obama?”

        I’ll say. Was Obama the first person to come to mind? This is like one of those embarrassing moments where you talk about fat girls, and one of your less intelligent friends suddenly wants to know if you are talking about his girlfriend.

        And about elections, how does it feel to elect a president who bows to the Saudi king and at the same time reserves the right to kill American citizens without trial?

      • plebis

        I had a laugh at that one. Yep, re elected by black racism, self hating libs, people who want free “stuff” and children with heads full of mush.
        Destructive of constitutional government, megalomaniac, incompetent fool on the world stage…that’s your Barry.

      • glpage

        Your response to Alvaro kind of shows the typical leftist attention span. When I read his message my immediate thought is that the process described has been going on for years now. Then again, Obama and his minions have elevated that process to a very well-oiled machine much to the detriment of this country.

      • Malinse

        Why don’t you dispute the charge that Obama fits the definition of a lousy leader instead of boasting over his incompetence? History is full of mistakes and some worse than electing Obama TWICE!

      • nelly2004

        Obama’s disregard for our laws and his expansion of government has just put a magnifying glass on the whole federal government which is bloated, out of control and taking more and more of the people’s money and freedom every day. They all stink. How you can defend the democrats who want to control every aspect of everyone’s lives i will never know. The republicans at least respond to the people’s demands and are trying to do something. Obamacare was passed by all democrats against our wishes. It is obvious that the people who are going to benefit will do so on the backs of young people and the people who are currently working.
        You want to live your life being micromanaged by a group of people who think they can make the rules for you but they don’t have to follow them themselves?

      • herb benty

        The election was rigged, Barrycare was falsely portrayed, and the SCOTUS illegaly changed the Law themselves and turned it into the biggest tax increase in History. He was elected twice by SEIU union-rigged voting machines.

      • ziggy zoggy

        Osama was for coronated twice because the vast majority of voters sat out the elections. Moron.

  • Skeptic7

    This doesn’t sound right…

    “The Federal government employs nearly 3 million civilian workers. One for every American.”

    • Jason

      One for every 10, is what I’m guessing he meant to say. That is amazingly high. It doesnt even include state and county governments, which probably make it closer to 1 in 5.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        1 for every 100.

        3m/300m

        He either forgot to do the math entirely or it was a bit of humor.

        • Jason

          Oh crap… Well, that made me look like an idiot. My entire post is invalid! Oh well, lesson learnt, always double check the maths.

          • vulgar_imposter

            You don’t need help looking like an idiot.

          • ziggy zoggy

            Maths aren’t America’s strong points. Not any more.

            I’m sure everybody involved in the typo are aware of it. =D

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Yes, it was 1 to 100. Got messed up in editing.

  • Jason

    The worst thing is, under the current system, it would be so hard to remove legislation. It would take at least a term to get it to a reasonable amount, and I dont see anyone being elected actually doing that. Perhaps it is time for America to change its system, so that you can avoid an autocratic president like Obama from occurring ever again.

    • vulgar_imposter

      Funny stuff. Please, explain why you think Obama is autocratic. I’d love to know. And please offer your opinion, not the latest from Fox News.

      • Basdifhbadrg

        Well, one example maybe because instead of working with Congress to find solutions satisfactory to all citizens, he prefers to issue executive orders by the score. He’s at over 1,000 now and counting. That’s autocratic. But Autocratic isn’t really the right word for Obama and the democrats these days. “Facist” is probabaly a better fit.

        • Jason

          Thanks for responding for me. You nailed it on the head. I love it how this guy thinks I watch Fox News. I dont. I dont even live in America. I’m an Aussie through and through.

        • vulgar_imposter

          LOL! Funny stuff. You conservatives are the cutest little critters I’ve ever run across. So adorable, so dumb, and so short-sighted. The Republicans have made it their goal to destroy Obama’s presidency. They have refused to compromise every single step of the way. And they have utilized the filibuster at a record levels. They are the ones to blame for the shutdown and for the state of the government. I realize Rush Limbaugh and your overlords at Fox News are afraid to give you such verities and that it does come as a shock. The view inside the Republican/Fox News bubble is limited, I know. But do try to think and read a bit more. Read things that challenge you and not just things that reinforce your limited worldview (like this idiotic website). I think you’ll be a happier person. And, by the way, comparing Obama to real fascists (notice I spelled it correctly) like Mussolini and Hitler is an insult to the millions who died at their hands.

          • ImNoDhimmi

            Did your choose your screen name because it so well describes your hero, Barry Soetoro?

          • vulgar_imposter

            Another obese, semi-retarded Republican raises his thick skull from the Fox News muck. Go away, ImNoDhimmi, before I am forced to step on you.

          • ImNoDhimmi

            You make a lot of assumptions.
            I’m a slender Canadian woman, obviously not a Republican because I don’t live in the USA. Still, I keep abreast of US political news, as it’s more interesting than ours, and it breaks my heart to witness the downfall of America under the usurper-in-chief.

          • rawitpepper

            Well im from soetoro country and it hurts me to see american president bow to the saudis… even we dont like the saudis…

          • patron

            There goes the pretenses of Krugman and Maddow’s “wonk gap” of more experts and less propaganda with big government advocates, as if it ever existed at all.

            I do agree Obama lacks the determination of an autocratic. I see him more as a profiteer much like the Tammany Hall big government political machine or the modern day trial lawyers who make millions suing doctors out of business.

            He lacks the need to seize total power when his political machine can bus in illiterates, criminals, illegal immigrants and repeat voters to the polls and win at will. Coupled with the voters who look for reinsurance for their insecure decisions along with those who vote for any black person who gives them a free phone, I would say his $100 million personal net worth is well secured.

          • vulgar_imposter

            Please, provide evidence of fraud at the polls. Otherwise, shut your pie hole, you grunting, filthy conservative mutt.

          • plebis

            Whereas v-i is a purebred filthy grunter. Over 100% of registered voters voted for barry in areas of Ohio and Pennsylvania according to the AP. No fraud there!

          • vulgar_imposter

            Please, point me to the AP story. Can’t find it, can you?

          • marg

            Um, I lived in Philly during the election and I know for a fact that this happened so don’t try that one…..

          • ziggy zoggy

            Please point me to the brain you crapped out.

          • plebis

            V-I, another flatulent obamatroll, raises his empty skull from the dem middens where he has been serving his master while eating what his master serves.

          • plebis

            Hey v-i,
            Are you in Barry’s toilet right now acting as his essential catch-fart? Obamacare was founded on Barry’s inability to come up with a campaign slogan to get past Hillary. His only published papers read like a sophomore in high school wrote them, and he hasn’t had a new idea in years. Why don’t you troll out on the lawn and shout your slogan, “Heil Obama”!

          • vulgar_imposter

            Guess you weren’t able to refute anything I wrote. I’ll just assume you agree with me.

          • ziggy zoggy

            I guess nobody cares about your juvenile lies.

          • glpage

            Okay, I won’t compare Obama to “real” fascists, but I think comparing him to real socialists isn’t too much of a stretch. By the way, there really isn’t much difference between a fascism and socialism; it pretty much boils down to who owns business. Note, I said owns, in either system the government controls almost everything, so, the end result is the same.

            And, I do agree Hitler and Mussolini were bad guys and were responsible for the deaths of millions. However, they were pikers compared to Stalin and Mao, probably by an order of magnitude. You do also know Hitler was the head of the National Socialist Party. Fascism is most accurately applied to Mussolini’s political party.

            Heed, your own words and do some reading. The view inside the leftist/Pravda bubble is not only limited but pretty much obfuscated by loads of crap.

          • Drakken

            At this point and at this time, when I read uber leftist garbage like this, I say let them run the whole rotten thing into the ground and start from scratch, for the idiot above isn’t worth saving and here are millions like him.

          • nelly2004

            you are a pathetic moron.

          • marg

            Um, hey “vulgar” (which I guess your name tells a lot about you) there have only been 2 filibusters (Rand Paul and Ted Cruz) thus far. Even cnn has reported that one…..I just love how you act so condescending and above it all with your “witty” put downs. They are rather laughable. If it were not for the almost 7 TRILLION dollars in debt this president of YOURS has dumped on us, the constant high um employment rates, and the defaults in record number of cities and small towns adding up, I would say you are rather blind to what the truth is. But then, since you most likely only read the Huffington (and puffington) post and watch msnbc for your info, I highly doubt you know what is truly going on around you. You can’t see beyond the end of your obama sitcker on the back of your car……

          • marg

            Auto correct stinks….should say unemployment there….

          • ziggy zoggy

            Vulgar Imbecile, With projection like that, you are qualified to receive Osamacare for your insanity. Too bad Osama shut down the government and none of the Obamatons will answer the phone if you try to apply…….in 150 different languages.

        • vulgar_imposter

          By the way, Obama has issued 163 executive orders as of 9/27/13. Where did you get your information from? Rush? Hannity? Drudge Report? You Republicans wouldn’t appear so stupid if you actually got your facts straight. LOL!

          • ziggy zoggy

            You don’t even know what an executive order is. Chomo.

        • Classicist

          “satisfactory to all citizens”
          Logical and semantic impossibilities aside, this is not now nor has it ever been how our government has functioned.

      • model94

        boorish snot

      • http://thewriteamerica.com/ thewriteamerica

        It might have something to do with Obama always stepping all over the Constitution -especially the separations of powers – and ruling by Executive Order.

        Like, for example, how he unilaterally decided to delay the employer mandate of ObamaCare. Just for one example.

    • Malinse

      Unfortunately if you change the ‘system’ you will get the lazy left wanting any new system that gives them even more free stuff than they have manipulated the public into agreeing to. No the answer isn’t changing the wisest government this side of heaven, but installing moral people to run it. But I don’t see that happening soon based on the support the corrupt politicians muster. No, since all the early warnings from d’Toqueville and others at the infancy of our democracy delaring decaying morals to be the cause of our downfall, which are obviously true, I believe we have run our course. The only two choices I see now are a violent civil war which will result in chaos and anarchy; or Jesus’ return to wipe out the evil that has infected our government and God’s planet.

  • TheOrdinaryMan

    At what point did it become difficult to fire a federal worker? That would be the point at which consequences ceased to mean anything. When Mr. Greenfield refers to the lean, mean staffs of former Presidents and cabinet members, he’s talking about self-reliance, a value that’s not only frowned upon by the liberal establishment, but can be career ending. As long as they pay the military, they can shut down the government for a month or two. The only way to accomplish meaningful reform.

    • JamesJ

      when they went union

    • Steeloak

      It began with the end of the “Spoils” system, where the new president appointed EVERY government worker, and the creation of the Civil Service system that created the permanent bureaucracy.

      • TheOrdinaryMan

        You mean with the first Civil Service Commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt? This was under Pres. Benjamin Harrison. Back in those days, probably 7 of 10 government workers gave some heed to consequences. It took the Great Depression of 1929, FDR’s New Deal, and LBJ’s Great Society, to fast-forward the corruption process.

  • KTerceira

    Thank you. After reading a morning full of major media drivel, this was my best experience of the day.

    • vulgar_imposter

      You must live a sad, bleak life.

      • plebis

        A real barn burner compared to somebody sitting under obama’s seat of ease like yourself, vi.

      • bruce lorraine

        Awful lot of bile & hatred there towards folks you consider lying, retarded Fox viewers. I would hope for more compassion towards your less fortunate fellow man but that is to be expected from a liberal.
        Yes it is sad my friend.

  • RogerDane

    Words… this expanding bureaucracy has been ‘commented’ upon ad nauseum for years as the Government ‘not by the people, not for the people’ grew to an obscene size. At this point we will not see any return to something akin to our Founder’s ideals or even pre-WWII function and size. The States should be in the lead with the Feds doing ONLY what was intended when founded. Americans have lost unless something harsh and rather ugly occurs… but we are too reformed to rise up and take back what ‘was’ ours… and besides, with an iPad, Sunday night Fox comic TV and the Idol shows, hey, what is there to complain about?

  • LawReader

    And humorously (or not…) – NONE of these ‘government functionaries’ would have cleared a pre-employment background check – with the ‘history’ Obama has supplied. The ‘most transparent administration in history’ – is still playing with fraudulent OFFICIAL background documents.

    Here’s a thought – the MEDIA is now more a master of Americans than the politicians ostensibly running the show – since the media now – without any shadow of doubt – MANIPULATES elections and OBSCURES facts.

    The ‘nation whose leaders would rather be farmers’ has definitely reached that point – as the citizenry reaches the status of farmed mushrooms – ‘kept in the dark and fed ****’.

  • Classicist

    “On Twitter, Michelle Obama announced that she is unable to Tweet on her own without the aid of all of her sixteen assistants; many of whom take home six figure salaries.”
    Michelle Obama hasn’t tweeted in six months – this claim is a total fabrication.
    The temporary dismissal of 800,000 workers not causing an apocalypse (at least for the country as a whole – their respective households might currently be enduring different circumstances) is hardly surprising given that this figure represents a quarter of one percent of the entire population. And yes, their functions are “non-essential” insofar as they aren’t necessary to keep the earth rotating about its axis, but they serve functions that improve our lives and aid the functioning of our society. In that regard, they are almost certainly more essential than partisan journo hacks.

    • ziggy zoggy

      How do graft and waste essentially improve our lives at all, much less more effectively than good journalism?

  • ziggy zoggy

    Great fucking article, man.

    • vulgar_imposter

      Another duncecap chimes in.

      • ziggy zoggy

        What’s the matter? Sad because you cant follow the Wookie on Twitter?

        Maybe you can explain why Obama lives like an Emperor and STILL can’t accomplish anything.

  • DB1954

    George Washington refused to accept the calls of a few supporters to become the first king of the former British North America. European monarchs thought he was a fool, but they marveled at his humility. My God … how far we have sunk now that we are ruled by a madman, Queen Barry the 1st, who seeks nothing less than what George III wanted: to be the king, emperor, and father of all Englishmen.

  • http://alakhtal.wordpress.com/ Obaid Karki

    One Million Furloughs and 3 millions to go and yet Congress still gets paid – it’s in the Constitution. Ain’t that something?Obama twerking debt limit: ‘this time’s different’ does this got any dignity? “Since 1976, there have been 17 government shutdowns. The longest was during 4 years that Jimmy Carter was president.”

    USA ain’t broke yet. It’s a phone call away from FED Boss Ben Shalom Bernanke. He’s eminence always happy to print Fiat to save Boehner moustached tailgate. He needs a tattoo down there now. Obama is dumb. He dug America’s grave as he refrained from using the executive branch to veto senate cloture and shortcircuited the House.

    Goldman Sachs hired Ted Cruz’s Wife to twerk the US Senate’s Dog & Pony and the House Stunt Show from 200 West Street. NY. haha.

    When Goldman Sachs is your source of disinformation, then business as usual. Stocks are high in Wall Street, Monsanto GMOs can cure HIV and it’s snowing in Mohave.

    It seems to me as if a Jacksonian Copperhead Nutjob who’s enjoying WhiteHouse Residency twice in all probability Valerie Bowman Jarrett persuaded Obama that he’s the ‘messiah’ alas the MILLENNIUM Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Since GOP are unhinged he might have a shot to go 3rd term as FDR for keeping the warring industry complex running. Putin was right when he said that Obama’s is looose kid. He chickenout on Syria! He lost the only Redherring that could save DC from the Deranged Republicans and Teeebaagerzz Preppers.

    Government shutdown could be avoided only if OBAMACARE renamed to BOEHNERCARE and the Liberal Hippies & Black’s Liposuction is omitted from the Bill then everybody can go home early.

    Obama daren’t use Executive Branch to rescue Obamacare as George Bush [the kid] did to crush Boehner’s skull saving FISA. He vetoed FISA rigging Bill and let Boehner boys hit the National Mall looking for Pedestrians’ Sympathies. I can’t wait to see Obama’s first veto to save Obamacare Defunded by the Kochsuckers-At-The-Hill. He needs more than guts, ballls and most of all duplicity this time to survive. He needs it to save his tailgate if Teeebaagerzz Anarchists went south to impeach him.

  • herb benty

    Well, you know what was done with Louis 1VX and his “let them eat cake” sidekick.

    • vulgar_imposter

      Is this a threat against the president? I may have to report this to the secret service.

      • herb benty

        That would dove-tail with your imposter Prez, Hussein’s habit of using Fed Dept’s to harrass the opposition. You, sycophant, are a threat to the Republic of the United States.

  • NAHALKIDES

    Fine commentary cuts to the heart of the matter. I haven’t seen the equal of this essay from anyone except Mark Steyn.

  • Harry Black

    Oh the good old days of quill pens and candlelight! Greenfield is clueless about how a modern capitalist state operates. Corruption is built in. But since Mr. G is a Tea Party liner he’d never describe Reagan or Bush I or Bush II as “the sun king.” These Republican presidents were as corrupt and autocratic as Obama if not moreso. And unlike Obama, they had not a glimmer of compassion for the plight of the ordinary working person, but pursued the corporate agenda of dog-eat-dog capitalism that has led us to our current impasse in which Tea Party zealots blackmail the congress and the president no matter what the cost to children, the poor, and the elderly, and now threaten to tank world economy.

    • JamesJ

      No president has been more corrupt than Obama.

      • vulgar_imposter

        HA! HA! HA! Hey, I don’t really care for Obama. But you may want to do a little research. Ever heard of Watergate? Iran-Contra? Teapot Dome scandal? Your ignorance is blinding, James. Turn off Fox News and read something.

        • JamesJ

          Yes thats true but I stand by my statement. From Obama to Holder to Jarret, they are corrupt to the core. From Fast and Furious to Benghazi, None has the body count Go back to DU and HuffPo

        • ziggy zoggy

          How were any of those things comparable to Obama’s never ending corruption and scandals?

    • ziggy zoggy

      You have a severe problem dealing with reality. I guess the phony government shutdown is preventing you from getting your meds.

      • Harry Black

        Typical FP party liner non-reply. ZZ can’t argue against the points I made so he/she resorts to personal abuse and adolescent “humor” that would embarrass Beavis and Butthead. So reasonable! So convincing!

  • http://thewriteamerica.com/ thewriteamerica

    Great insights here, Daniel. And the facts are sure to drive Libs crazy! The unemployment and union stat comparison is especially eye opening. It drives right to the heart of the urgent need to separate government employees from labor unions for the very fact that they can manipulate their own benefits and drive their own contract negotiations.

    But perhaps my favorite part is your comparison of Obama’s personal staff to that of Buckingham Palace. I’ve been telling people for years that Obama thinks he is the Emperor. Unfortunately, so do the Dem voters.

    My own column this week looks at some similar issues, especially as how the Dem rhetoric reveals their real thoughts on taxpayers: What Democrats Stand For. I’d love your input if you have the time.

    • vulgar_imposter

      ^^ Another brain-washed Fox News viewer ^^

      • http://thewriteamerica.com/ thewriteamerica

        You come up with these on your own, or do they give out pamphlets with worthless things to say at your Lib meetings?

  • Lysander Spooner

    The federal custodians have deluded themselves into believing they’re the owners.

  • A.

    The 800,000,, or so, furloughed Federal workers are all “surplus to requirement.” Now if we dcould justg get rid of a million more, plus a few blockheads in the Senate, like Reid, Durbin, Schumer, Feinstein and Boxer, plus Pelosi in the house it would be a good start!

  • popseal

    Deployed eight times to war zones in defense of America and retaining an accountant to keep my taxes right, I refuse to buy a product by government order. I also refuse to pay a fine for not doing so. THE TYRANNY STOPS AT MY YARD !
    Congress, the SCOTUS, Obama, and Obama’s politburo of czars are wrong. Always with respect for authority, I refuse to violate my conscience by becoming a government servant.