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Democrats are Trying to Trump-Proof the Government In Case He Wins in 2024

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Is this what a party does when it can’t keep voting on articles of impeachment?

It’s been almost two years since former President Donald Trump’s defeat, yet House Democrats have managed to build an entire legislative agenda around Trump Derangements Syndrome.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee alone has been firing away Trump-obsessed legislation, as Democratic sponsors for bills on the Census, civil service, and whistleblower protections all cite Trump as a key part of the justification for the proposals. The common line connecting all the bills is to curb executive power that should be in the hands of an elected president and enhance the power of unelected and largely unaccountable bureaucrats.

Three of the bills that began in the oversight panel cleared the House Rules Committee this week to move to the House floor.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is clearly real. To be clear, it’s not necessarily better or worse than Trump sycophancy. Americans–whether serving in public office or everyday working stiffs–should never base their life around idolatry of or seething hatred for one prominent leader. But, of course, that has happened with Trump. I suppose polarizing is a shorter way to put it, but that term seems so trite.

Anyway, the anti-Trump side is presently being more ridiculous and pettier. If Trump sycophancy becomes a legislative agenda, I’ll reconsider that judgment.

The silliness of it all is that Trump might be the only Republican–at least top tier Republican–who could lose to either Joe Biden or Kamala Harris in 2024. While that’s questionable, House Democrats are advancing bills through committee as if they think he’s a sure thing come January 2025 – or water down a second Trump term as much as possible by weakening presidential authority.

Also, some of the bills are based on silly anti-Trump conspiracy theories. The bills would effectively politicize executive branch agencies that shouldn’t be.

HR 8326, dubbed the Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act would make it more difficult for a president to fire a Census Bureau director, while also granting the director broad new authorities to conduct statistical sampling. It would expand the number of Census Bureau employees with civil service protections. It also constrains future censuses from inquiring about citizenship–which could favor Democrats for enumeration and apportionment.

When the oversight committee advanced the bill in July, committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., complained about the “Trump administration’s illegal efforts to weaponize the Census Bureau for political gain.”

House Oversight Committee Democrats Reps. Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania co-sponsored H.R. 302, dubbed the Preventing a Patronage System Act. The theory is that if Trump is elected, he would eliminate the civil service system and return to a spoils system.

The press release for the bill references Trump’s final months in office, when he signed an executive order creating a “Schedule F” category of federal employees.

The order determined that career employees with civil service protections involved with “policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating” positions that are “not normally subject to change as part of a presidential transition” could be more easily removed for insubordination, which was a problem during the Trump administration.

This would affect a maximum 50,000 federal employees out of the 2.2 million federal workforce. That’s far from a patronage system.

The Whistleblower Protection Improvement Act, or H.R. 2988, certainly is a more innocuous sounding name, since many Republican lawmakers love whistleblowers that rat out Democrats. But this bill practically encourages bad actors in the federal workforce to simply engage in meritless accusations–thus abuse the legal whistleblower protections. Whistleblowers have significant legal protection now. But the bill would create a new legal veil around whistleblowers and enshrines whistleblower anonymity in all situations.

Connolly, the Virginia Democrat, said the bill comes  “in the wake of the Trump administration’s assault on whistleblowers.”

Maybe considering the record of the Biden administration, Democrats feel they should keep reminding voters of Trump. Perhaps it makes good fundraising letters for these politicians to tell Democrat donors they are still sticking it to the bad orange man.

Still, one must wonder: if Trump had decided to fade from public life like most presidents, what in the world would hold Democrats together?

Fred Lucas is the manager of the Investigative Reporting Project for The Daily Signal and author of the newly released “The Myth of Voter Suppression: The Left’s Assault on Clean Elections.” Nothing written here is to be construed as representing any other person or entity.

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Fred Lucas is chief national affairs correspondent for The Daily Signal and co-host of "The Right Side of History" podcast. Lucas is also the author of "Abuse of Power: Inside The Three-Year Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump."

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Steven

    September 15, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    Democrats are pathetic.

  2. RebeccaH

    September 15, 2022 at 1:07 pm

    I’m hoping that the Republicans take Congress and manage to stop all that Leftocrat nonsense. That is, if they actually will do it.

  3. Roger Bacon

    September 15, 2022 at 1:44 pm

    Trump WILL be president again January 2025. This time around it’s going to be a TRUMP stripped of the illusions of Democrats and Republicans working together to make America great again. This time he knows who America’s enemies are.
    Ultra MAGA 2024

  4. Patrick Shanahan

    September 15, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    “in the wake of the Trump administration’s assault on whistleblowers.”???? What in God’s name is this yahoo talking about? Bald-faced assertions with no effort to provide proof, or even examples, has become the go-to for the left. If we had a media that had a modicum of integrity they would call this sort of behavior out. But we don’t.

  5. Michael Nunez

    September 15, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Democrat’s are always blaming Trump for this or that . It’s Not about Trump , it’s about the Rule of Law . It’s about how the Democratic Party has turned the Vote and Taxation into Organized Crime. That’s why the so called ” Right ” has Armed itself to the Teeth . The Democratic Party is America’s Greatest threat and those with Common sense know this
    Those with TDS are threats to all that work hard for what they have , and they must Go … !

  6. GhostTomahawk

    September 15, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    Is this really what they want to do? So when they lose this fall can the GOP now be free to eliminate all those laws and write their own? Is that what our govt will be reduced to? Partisan 2 stepping every 2 years?

    If so can we blow it all up now, bankrupt the debt and start over with new countries based on ideological divides. Because I’m done suffering from this garbage.

  7. Dyspeptic Curmudgeon

    September 15, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    So the Republican party should be drafting legislation, *today* for introduction in January. Legislation which can reverse the worst aspects of the marxists’ bills. For example, Congress should order that the census should NOT count aliens for the purposes of representation; That the Motor Voter Act is repealed; That ALL existing voter rolls are to be deleted, due to ongoing failures, and that voters wishing to vote must present evidence of citizenship, and address on registration; that mail-in ballots should be deprecated, if not eliminated; that ballots (for the Presidency, and Congress at least) be on paper, and counted by hand; that the President can dismiss any employee for cause; that the President can require that any department must complete any proposed redactions to materials to be unclassified, in default of which the materials ARE released without redactions; that this applies to all departments concurrently; that the President can suspend with pay, any employee at any time; etc.

    With these powers in hand the President would be able to suspend any high rank official which he cannot replace with advise and consent, can fire any employee for insubordination, and replace lower level employees quickly.

    A Republican congress should also seriously consider disbanding some of the clearly not-provided-for-in-the-Constitution departments (Education, HUD…) There is an interesting Hoover Institute interview on Youtube of Milton Friedman (about 1996). He would disband 14 of the then 19 departments as not being constitutional or not being necessary (1 or 2 get some parts folded into other places).
    Sean Gabb (sean.gabb.co.uk) in his book on the culture wars, recommended that if this sort of blitz is contemplated, it should be done all at once: the mob can only scream so loud and so long. Don’t let them scream about new things for days on end.
    If the proper acts are passed, the President can act on them immediately, often through Executive Order.

  8. SkippingDog

    September 15, 2022 at 5:49 pm

    50k federal employees would be a huge patronage system, particularly since they would be the middle managers charged with upholding Trump’s “system.” It’s just one more corrupt effort by Trump and his facilitators.

  9. Real American

    September 15, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    As usual, democrats keep showing the USA why they’re America’s #1 enemy … thanks skippydog or should I call you fbi

  10. Carter07

    September 16, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Trump was NOT defeated… Check that.

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