The Presidential and Executive Assault on the Civil Service

Whether he realizes it or not, the civil service is threatened by the recent push by Donald Trump to strip federal workers of their protections. The neutrality of federal workers comes from the fact that they cannot be arbitrarily removed from office – they are there so long as they do their job properly. If your manager has a personal problem with you, tough shit, they can make life hard, they can keep you away from opportunities to move up, but they can’t just let you go if you’re still doing your job. Protections are in place to ensure that if a federal employee does what is right in the face of adversity, they aren’t going to lose their job if they were justified in that.

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FOSTA and SESTA: The Anti-Trafficking Legislation that is a Giveaway to Traffickers

Two “anti-trafficking” bills are making their rounds in Congress right now with some powerful support: the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA).  To date, FOSTA has passed the House alone and SESTA has only been introduced, but the passing of one or the other is so expected

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Betsy DeVos, Department of Education, Place Unlawful Contract Upon Union Employees

Disclosure: The author is an employee of the Social Security Administration and a union representative of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3239.  A formal inquiry was sent to the Office of Special Council (OSC) regarding whether an article such as this would violate the Hatch Act and OSC responded that regardless of other content on the site,

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The Dangers of MMT: From Counterrevolution to Zimbabwe

Hang out for a bit of time amongst the soft left – being progressives and social democrats – discussing politics and current events and you will surely come across a certain monetary theory.  Modern Monetary Theory, also known as MMT, is a mainstay of the soft left much like anti-circumcision activists, anti-vaxers, and militant vegans.  Like these others, there is

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