No Extensions for State Dept. Officials – President Trump Delivers First Private Sector Reform Example To Career Public Sector Officials…

Trump administration refuses to grant State Dept Ambassadors any tenure extensions.

Splendid. More Winning –  This is a brilliant level of strategic example-setting on many levels.  Not only does this send an expectation message normally only found in the private sector; but it also is delivered upon the most horribly entrenched of all Federal Departments, the Department of State.

These Department of State entities see themselves as a complete and separate structure of government. They also function as a complete and separate ideological structure of government. Remember, Congressional Democrats already poked the LION when they set up a portal for disgruntled State Department employees to directly contact them.

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WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, according to several American diplomats familiar with the plan, breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods.

[Trump] has taken a hard line against leaving any of President Obama’s political appointees in place as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20 with a mission of dismantling many of his predecessor’s signature foreign and domestic policy achievements. “Political” ambassadors, many of them major donors who are nominated by virtue of close ties with the president, almost always leave at the end of his term; ambassadors who are career diplomats often remain in their posts.

A senior Trump transition official said there was no ill will in the move, describing it as a simple matter of ensuring that Mr. Obama’s overseas appointees leave the government on schedule, just as thousands of political aides at the White House and in federal agencies must do. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about internal deliberations, said the ambassadors should not be surprised about being held to a hard end date.  (read more)

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Last Year we pondered – […] “Cut the rotting vehicle down to the frame and cut out all the rust is going to be an epic battle with ZERO Washington DC supporters as you endeavor the restoration.  Actually, the leadership within both wings of the UniParty can predictably be guaranteed to impede any such effort.

So, is it better to go with the bondo, paint and polish approach, thereby avoiding the necessary, and predictably explosive, confrontation while you tackle the more important domestic economic and security issues?” (link)

When President-elect Trump appointed T-Rex we realized he was serious about taking this project, the modern State Department, down to the rivets.

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There are multiple ways to affect the behavior of the foreign service officers/specialists that make up the Department of State.  Some background will help:

♦  Not all foreign service are part of the globalists.  Some, including a direct contact official, are Trump supporters, and there are other white hats.  So there is help available within the State Department for change.

  1. Many of the senior positions with the Department, to include all Ambassadors, are appointed by the President.  The Ambassador (Chief of Mission) is the senior Executive Branch official in any country.  All Executive Branch employees (minus those reporting to the resident DoD Combatant Commander [COCOM]) report to the Chief of Mission (COM).  At their leisure, the COM can remove anyone from their country.
  2. The Department of State is the only major Department that does not require a polygraph and/or a psychological exam for its employees that hold a Top Secret security clearance.  A few liaison positions with other government agencies require a polygraph exam or psychological exam, but most positions do not.
  3. Most foreign service generalists/specialists are recruited from the East Coast or West Coast.  Few from the Heartland.
  4. Most foreign service generalists/specialists spend the majority of their careers overseas, with any domestic assignments in the DC area.
  5. Most foreign service members live VERY well overseas.  There are several very dangerous posts, but many posts have very nice housing, free school, local tax breaks, etc…  This is above the generous salary, benefits, and retirement.

♦ With these few things in mind, below are ideas to ensure, or at least affect/influence how the foreign service acts.

  1. The political appointed senior officials control how the Department enacts the President’s policy.  If the foreign service doesn’t follow instructions/orders, then there are administrative means to remove non-compliant staff from posts or even their jobs.
  2. Require all employees with Top Secret security clearance to undergo a polygraph exam and psychological exam.  You would be surprised how many would retire/resign.
  3. Start recruiting/hiring Americans from the Heartland to fill vacant positions.  Limit the Coastal elites.  Control the hiring process.
  4. Force foreign service generalists/specialists to serve domestically one of every three assignments.  Force them into positions outside the Beltway.  Once again, you would be surprised how many would retire/resign if they were forced to actually LIVE in the U.S. on a regular basis.
  5. Cut the benefits to living overseas.
    1. Lower the housing benefits.  Ensure people are living in secure housing, but it doesn’t have to be luxurious.
    2. Cut the school subsidy.
    3. Review the other benefits afforded to Department employees.

There will be accountability.  That’s why President Elect Donald Trump has picked the exact right guy for the job, Rex Tillerson.

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…”And he even kept their coats”!

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410 Responses to No Extensions for State Dept. Officials – President Trump Delivers First Private Sector Reform Example To Career Public Sector Officials…

  1. Niagara Frontier says:

    I looked through the list. Quite a few of these ambassadors seem to be career foreign service employees who were appointed by Obama to an ambassadorship from the foreign service. In their case they just don’t go away. For them regular civil service rules apply. They are either returned to their former positions, or a position of equivalent grade and pay. If no positions exist, it gets more complicated. Some might go to other agencies. Regardless they’ll still have jobs in $131K – $162K range whether they have work to do or not. It’s a crazy system.

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      I read more carefully to see that this policy applies only to those ambassadors not selected from the foreign service. My apologies for any confusion.

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      • WSB says:

        They all seem to be appointed for only the last few years. Are these reappointment dates? Love the one for international LGBTQ Affairs.

        What a web. Not to mention the support staff. Only half of these people are needed. One per country.

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      • Rex Brocki says:

        Niagara, regardless of the fiddling little details, it is indeed a horrifying system, and we had an example of it right in a federal office I used to–oh shame–work in. This “lady”–using the term very loosely–was the former head of the federal supply system for the entire state we were located in. Her job position was eliminated and she sat at home for several years drawing over $70K a year (a ruddy WATERFRONT HOUSE at that time in the area cost only about $25K… this was obviously quite a few years ago). They assigned her to us in a GS-2 secretary’s position to try getting at least SOME work out of her (although she still drew the $70K, as her pay could not be reduced). She had the simplest of jobs: her only real responsibility was to fill out the supply cards for the components we replaced, plus a daily, weekly, and monthly summary report. We never even tried her on the reports, as you will see. Those ruddy supply cards only had TWO BLANKS on them which had to be filled in, the part number and the three-digit action taken” code. To make it even simpler, 99% of the cards would have the code 454, which meant “remove and replace” (since that was 99% of what we did). The twenty part numbers we used were on a large sign at the end of the shop, plus being on the tag attached to the part itself. In the two years we “worked” with us, guess how many cards she got right and I didn’t have to re-accomplish for her? ZERO. That’s right, she got EVERY SINGLE ONE WRONG, and I, as the junior technician, had the pleasure of redoing them all for her.
        I leave you to imagine with horror what her previous performance as head of federal supply activities had been like, but trust me, unless you have the imagination of Edgar Allen Poe, you will fall far short of the truth!

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        • Niagara Frontier says:

          Rex, I just saw your reply this morning. Sorry for the delay. Without giving out too many personal details, I’ve been there and understand your story completely.

          We used to call what happened to that lady as being “put on the shelf.” I can’t tell you how many people I know (GS-13 and above) who were provided a cubicle or private office and given absolutely no work of consequence to do. It’s either because they were incompetent at their jobs or simply p1ssed someone off. The hope was that they would get bored or frustrated and retire. Most don’t, not with a computer and internet access to keep them entertained.

          I knew several GS-15’s making 6 figures who spent more than 4 years on the shelf before retiring.

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          • In AZ says:

            My husband was made to redo all the work of a coworker who was a grade higher than my husband.
            Finally my husband told them to stick it where the sun does not shine. My husband said that the only way he would do this incompetent persons work was if my husband was given a step up in grade, the same grade as the incompetent coworker.
            The manager refused, so my husband quit doing the work. It is sad because so much was screwed up. Inept government at every level….feds, state, county, cities and towns….all the same BS.

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          • paulyho39 says:

            Do you suppose “T-Rex”..Rex Tillerson…will be able to do anything about this? Don’t you just love the nick-name “T-Rex”…for him???

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        • Oh, gosh, Rex! This reminds me of a profile I had to do a number of years ago for one of my clients – publisher of quarterly reports for high school and community college students on jobs people do. We were supposed to present honest bios – what do you like, not like about your job, what training/education did you have to get, etc.
          So, this was our first bureaucrat! Lovely lady. Friendly, helpful. But what did she do? You guessed it – collected forms from the other workers. What was the worst thing that ever happened on her job (aviation-related)? Yep. That one horrible day when she RAN OUT OF FORMS!

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        • Old Codger says:

          Aaaah! An affirmative action hire. Almost goes without saying.

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    • B Woodward says:

      If President Trump cannot fire Hillary’s and Obama’s career State Dept employees, transfer them to the Benghazi annex. Their new job will be to finish Ambassador’s Stevens task of retrieving the missiles that Hillary and Obama gave to the Islamic rebels without Congressional oversight or permission.

      Let’s hope that Trump and Tillerson successfully clean out the swamp on the 7th Floor of the State Department, aka the shadow government.

      http://theantimedia.org/fbi-docs-shadow-government-investigation/

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    • Chris says:

      Easy to get rid of them. Give them a desk in the hall, a pen and no paper. They’ll soon quit.

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      • 4bleu says:

        you obviously don’t know these people. that’s what they do already.

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        • Indimex says:

          Ha!

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        • LOLOL!! But they do get to work on time ;))

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          • jeans2nd says:

            Of course. Now they work from home and telecommute.

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          • 4bleu says:

            I suspect that you haven’t ever had to wait in an embassy consular office to renew a passport.

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            • 4bleu says:

              Another peeve to tell innocent taxpayers about – in the US it costs about $2 to get a paper notarized. Free at one’s bank (part of customer service). The State Depart has a huge budget paid for by the taxpayer. Yet U.S. Citizen Services at embassies are charging $50 a page to notarize documents. They of course notarize their own needed documents for free. A ten-page document in the US would be either free or about $20 to stamp the entire document. At a US embassy the exact same service would cost $500. Word to the wise, don’t buy a house while overseas, the embassy notarizing fees are ruinous.

              Not to mention having to go online and make appointments two weeks in advance for limited time slots only to find the staffer hasn’t showed up or left early. One person’s processing to get additional passport pages was turned away for not having the exact change in US dollars.

              The embassy staff wouldn’t make a $4.35 change from the payment, so they refused to process the application to add pages and the US citizen had to make a new appointment to return the next week to try again with the exact change in hand. It’s no big deal to come up with exact change in the US, but in a foreign country, one has what they have in their wallet from their last travel, next to the local currency they have to use for everyday.

              Who wants to exchange another $100 at the local country bank with high foreign exchange bank fees just because a person had a $100 bill or two $50s or five $20s to pay a $95.65 processing charge at the US embassy? One actually has to run around asking buddies in foreign countries if they can spare a dime.

              Upon return, the next week, with exact payment, the embassy staff refused to accept to process the application because there were only five minutes left of the appointment period and they wanted to close up for the day.

              Everyone fumes about the service at the departments of motor vehicle in the US – they seem very nice, polite and efficient in comparison.

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              • Bob. says:

                In the US, it takes about three weeks to renew a passport…unless you pay an expediter $277. Then you can get it in five days. It was worth it to save our planned trip to Italy, but it reminded me that we have a Third World right here. There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…

                (Side note: Toronto to Paris to Florence, the Florence to Holland to San Francisco…and nobody stamped our passports. Officially, we haven’t gone anywhere. The guy in Holland took them, turned to his buddy and shook his head. “Huh. Italians,” he said with a smirk. Then he handed our passports back without stamping them, too. 🙂 )

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              • paulyho39 says:

                Wow! That is actually unbelievable! Is this…SOP…standard operating procedure? Or was it just this embassy personnel that operated this way? Unbelievable! What in the world has made these people so crass and difficult?!

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                • 4bleu says:

                  Don’t imagine that other countries’ embassies are any better, their citizens know in advance that they have to bribe to get their paperwork processed.
                  It’s a different world, that’s all.
                  I think it’s gotten steadily worse over the past fifteen years as the embassies became fortresses with staff comfortably huddled inside them.

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            • Or give up your citizenship, as a girl friend had to do recently. She was bemoaning the fact that she should have done it years ago, when the cost to do it was reasonable and the time to accomplish it was short. No more. State Dept senses a profitable opportunity and have pounced!

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        • oncefired says:

          Why don’t we open the Consulate in Benghazi and transfer them all there, guarantee they all will resign!

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      • NO cell phones, tablets, computers, phones, or games.

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    • 1stgoblyn says:

      Is this why the Republicans revived the Holman Rule (1876) yesterday? The Holman Rule allows Congress to lower a (any) Federal employee’s salary to $1 annually.

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    • Eddie L Hill says:

      The waste of tax payer money is mind boggling. The swamp desperately needs to be drained.

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    • Somewhere in Dixie says:

      So this means that Caroline ah, hu, you know Kennedy Schlossberg will lose her cushy job doing nothing in Japan.

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    • Somewhere in Dixie says:

      I worked in an embassy for 15 years. When a new administration comes, ambassadors are recalled. That is a common practice. The deputy chief of mission – second in charge and generally a career diplomat – is in charge. No big deal. By being overseas, you can see what kind of administration you will have to work with by the kind of people they appoint. Very telling.

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  2. TreeperInTraining says:

    I think PE Trump holds a grudge. I like that in a man. Guess that complaint portal won’t be as busy as the snowflakes had hoped.

    The responders will be like the famed Maytag repairman.

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  3. doogiesblog says:

    I laughed reading about the indignation of these people. As a military wife with a family, I organized moves often. The government didn’t worry too much about convenience for the families. We did what we had to do!

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    • God bless your family for your service to this Great Again Nation!

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    • RedBallExpress says:

      Our school district included an DEW Air Force base that rotated families every two years. I know it was very hard on the military families and their children but they made the best of it. I miss some of those classmates. Thank you for your sacrifice.

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    • Wend says:

      I know, huh. Four school-age children, wife with breast cancer, etc. etc. etc. Cry me a river!

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    • Fe says:

      Doogie, I grew up as a Navy brat. My father was one of the sailors on a destroyer during the Cuban Missile Crisis. My mom said she took my brother and me to the grocery store and all the ships were in the harbor. Later on our way home, all the ships were gone. I have a vague memory of seeing this, age almost 3 yrs. We moved a lot, including a 3 year Naval assignment in Guantanamo Bay, good ole Gitmo. From where we lived on the base, we could sometimes see Castro’s military patrolling their border up in the hills. My brothers and I played outside, bare feet every single day. It rained maybe three times, hot and dry.

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      • That was the spookiest day ever for Norfolk.

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      • Scarlet Gold says:

        Same here. Dad was a submarine officer stationed in Charleston, SC. When the Cuban blockade was ordered, he came home, raced into his room, grabbed his shaving kit, raced out, and we did not see him again for months. Mother, my siblings, and I accepted this as normal.

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        • Wow, my dear veterans and families! I had no idea what you guys went through during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1962, I was a young wife living in Switzerland with baby. My husband and I viewed the whole thing as kabuki theatre. The Swiss housewives DID NOT. Within an hour all the sugar and much of the rest of the stock disappeared from grocery shelves in the country.
          We had a pretty good idea of who and what JFK was. We were not scared.

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      • Wookiebush says:

        Nothing like being able to go swimming at the pool on Christmas Eve. Watch out for the iguanas and banana rats. I did many years at WT Sampson. Love them DoD teachers, so much better than public stateside teachers.

        W.
        RAR!
        Remove All RINOs!

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    • Bruce Fauth says:

      As the son of a career soldier (and a vet nyself), I know what spouses do. I’ve told others that spouses of active dute ALSO serve. Thank you for your service. And yes, you are spot on that you have to be self-reliant and just suck it up and do what you have to do.

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  4. rsanchez1990 says:

    Yeah Donald drain that swamp!

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  5. MrE says:

    STOP STOP STOP IT — I can’t handle all the WINNING! (said no one ever) #DrainTheSwamp

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  6. The crook Dallas County Texas Commissioner (Democrat , Nation of Islam) racist John Wiely Price will at long last go on trial.

    He is long time buddy of Democrat former Mayor Ron Kirk who was Obama Trade Ambasador and buddy of big Democrat State Senator Royce West who is also a buddy of Obama.

    John Wiley will not want to be a useful room mate down in Huntsville prison so very likely he will sing any dirt he has on Obama, Kirk, West or other Democrat.

    Could be a nation wide thing with many U S attorneys protecting Obama and his crime cult’s doings.!

    WIN

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  7. sundance says:

    Oh, the flashbacks. Good times…. good times….

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      On the ambassadorships, how do you think the Senate will react to the increased workload? These positions require Senate confirmation. We already know Senators don’t like to work more than 3 days a week. Do you expect them to speed up confirmation, work overtime, or do you expect the positions will go unconfirmed for an extended period?

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      • Mickey Wasp says:

        Did you see the ‘news conference’ after VP Pence met with congressional members? Methinks, Pence as VP is showing he will control the Senate agenda and Trump will simply say “Hey Mitch, we will get to the wife after we finish this priority list and you know how I can work long hours …. “

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      • Guyver1 says:

        The sheer volume of positions to be filled will not allow them to drag their feet or grandstand. If they try to do so, the American public will eat them alive for attempting to obstruct President Trump. We are not in the mood for any more of their BS.
        They will rubber stamp whatever candidates President Trump presents to them, just so they can go back to their golf games and parties.
        Trump is using their own weaknesses against them. Love it!!!

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      • grannysue says:

        I think congress needs to take a huge pay cut. And, they should have the very same healthcare that we have. That is law that whatever law they pass applies to them also.Drain the swamp Trump. We want the crooks gone.

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        • KBR says:

          Back in the day, there were time clocks with punch cards. You were paid by the hour.

          Congress and Senate should have one of those outside the doors to chambers, and another outside the doors to their offices. Each time clock to be guarded by a US Marine.

          They can do their work in official settings. Dinner parties and golf are great for schmoozing and networking for re-election funding on their own time and their own dime.

          Also all travel expenses laid out to the penney, a write up of the work-related purpose of the trip, and proof of how many actual hours were spent on work vs vacay/schmoozing.
          Vacay/schmoozing and re-election activities not to be directly paid for by the bosses (us.)
          (Not directly means we can donate at will, but our taxes should not be utilized in any way to fund a campaign nor run a campaign.)

          Also each elected legislator should be required to post online, each and every day, which bills he ignored, which he sponsored/co-sponsored, which he voted for, which he voted against and why for the convenience of constituents (who are his bosses). Why should the boss (the people) have to dig to get the information about how an employee is doing, and how often he shows up to work?

          And yes I do like the old punch cards because hacking and manipulating these from elsewhere is not possible, as would be a computer version.

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          • Melanie says:

            At The VA they have a kiosk which the patients punch into. It’s to keep track of travel pay.
            Why can’t Congress do it?

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          • glenndc says:

            Waaaay to complicated. In the spirit of Swift, I make a modest but very serious proposal:
            1. Term limits for all, including ALL judges
            2. Compensation set at the national median income.
            Term limits clarifies the mind that they are going back home to work, and they must maintain their nest in optimal, ready-for-productive-work condition. And setting compensation at the national median income will incentivize them to create the conditions necessary for the OUR median income to rise..

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          • KBR says:

            Ever notice how leftists, when they talk about policies or get their dander up, bring in those professors and think tanks (filled with spies and professors) to pontificate?

            Well, a tenured prifessor is almost as hard to get rid of as a Supreme Court Judge. So since their jobs are ultra secure, these professors can get away with saying nearly anything.

            Since their jobs are so ultra secure, I would be willing to bet they are less hesitant about other risky behaviors too. Thus the most leftist and politically outspoken ones should be thoroughly investigated at the slightest hint of illegal activity, IMO. If their tenures are so *<%# secure, the ivy league students can go to a prison cell for their dear prof’s lectures.

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        • CDuran says:

          Agreed .. they should have the same health care benefits as us. They should also be forced to punch in and out every day to record how many hours they really work as civil servants. After all that is what they are.

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          • Somewhere in Dixie says:

            Put them and all civil service employees on Social Security. The system will be overhauled and working in proper order in about a week.

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        • frank says:

          Congress should be paid by the hour.But they are not worth 15 an hour.

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        • Gail says:

          Absolutely. And stop the Free haircuts.

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        • Somewhere in Dixie says:

          Grannysue, congress needs not only a pay cut. They need term limits, a 40 hour work week, put them on Social Security, Medicare and the VA system. These three agencies will be in superb working condition and solvent in about a week.,

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    • MrE says:

      It’s so great to finally have a leader who hires people based on COMPETENCE, instead of BRIBERY. These political-know-nothings-who-do-even-less are finally being given a dose of what the real world is like. And it’s a beautiful thing to witness.

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    • Bill says:

      What the heck? Trump was right to be outraged, these two women sound like morons.

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    • RedBallExpress says:

      Well, you see, making sausage is a funny business and not something for the little people to worry about. We know what is good for us, I mean the U.S.

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    • 4bleu says:

      She actually arrived to take up the job as US Ambassador to Japan in this:
      http://nypost.com/2013/11/20/caroline-kennedy-makes-regal-arrival-for-japan-post/
      unbelievable.

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    • dalethorn says:

      That was great.

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    • aur1640 says:

      Good riddance!! This is absolutely sickening and unacceptable. Like Obama, in over her head, no experience to do the job on our dime. WOW!! I am livid. I’ve been taught to get an education, job experience and work hard. I guess I’ve been doing it wrong all this time. Go figure!! I’m glad our PEOTUS is telling them to pack their sh!t… Go TRex!!

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      • Texian says:

        You know you haven’t been doing it wrong.. It’s that kind of people that Trump is hiring, and is in part what the uniparty is afraid of, real world people that ‘get sh!t done.’ [In the past I worked via a major contractor (who knew how to get big sh!t done) and recall servicing one of T-Rex’s semi-submersibles offshore, getting big sh!t done so they could get big sh!t done..]. Now let’s all get sh!t done to Make America Great Again.. Be ‘ready to lead, ready to follow’, and ‘never quit..’.

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    • I was reading today about the Dragon family and Neil Keenan. Is there something going on even bigger that this hacking story is covering up?

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      • Bob says:

        Lets make sure we keep it straight that what we averted. The Globalists were about to devour the USA. DJT being elected has not stopped that completely. He needs the support of every citizen to continue the pushback that the left is demonstrating. They are the preverbal wounded animal and that’s when they are most dangerous. Stay vigilant.

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    • Reality Wins says:

      After watching this I have a better idea. Do away with embassies and ambassadors all together. It’s just wining and dining and parties all at American taxpayers expense.

      Instead President Trump should create a game show where the leaders of other countries come and compete against each other doing humiliating things to try to get what they want from American taxpayers. We taxpayers then vote on who wins and what we are actually willing to give them. If we are always going to be footing the bill, we should at least get some entertainment out of it.

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      • Reality Wins says:

        Picture Bibi competing against the king of Saudi Arabia and kicking his arse!

        Bibi: I need dollars to build more factories producing generic drugs to lower health care costs for Americans.

        Saudi king: I want dollars to build more madrassas to train terrorists to blow you up.

        I say let American taxpayers decide.

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    • Marc says:

      Caroline is a top flight professional. 😉

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    • Yep she lives in luxury in Japan! Why does she need this job! She is part of the elite!

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      • Somewhere in Dixie says:

        Grannysue, congress needs not only a pay cut. They need term limits, a 40 hour work week, put them on Social Security, Medicare and the VA system. These three agencies will be in superb working condition and solvent in about a week.,

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    • DeWalt says:

      If I were Japan, I would have said no thanks. The last Kennedy I remember as ambassador was sent home for trying to get his host country to side with Hitler.

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  8. Braveboy says:

    MAGA was not just a talking point.

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  9. Millwright says:

    Seems like the same policy move by PE Obama to fire diplomats appointed by his predecessor has come back to haunt his appointees !

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  10. ledeplorable says:

    This is great news !

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  11. mikeyboo says:

    Trump is to be applauded for this move to help drain the swamp.

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  12. Looks like a 30% cut ? If so that’s YUGE!

    Updated December 12, 2016

    Obama Appointees Since 2009:

    Career: 311 – 69.7% (308 confirmed, 1 recess appointment, 2 nominated)

    Political/Civil Service: 135 – 30.3% (131 confirmed, 1 recess appointment, 1 nominated)

    http://www.afsa.org/list-ambassadorial-appointments

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  13. Next move let all the US Attorneys go.

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  14. MrE says:

    They got their 2 weeks’ notice!

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    • Certainly more time than Obama gave the Russian diplomats of 72 hours!

      Besides, these foreign ambassadors appointed by Obama should’ve already been quite aware of the crooked and criminal anti-American activities and horrific human rights violations they’ve been involved in during their “tenure” at THE OBAMANATION SWAMP; and therefore would not fit in a Trump Administration.

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  15. Here is the list of the obama political appointees (ambassadors)

    Political Nominations (including Civil Service)
    Reuben Brigety African Union
    Noah Mamet Argentina
    Nina Hachigian ASEAN
    John Berry Australia
    Alexa Wesner Austria
    Linda Taglialatela Barbados
    Denise Bauer Belgium
    Carlos Moreno Belize
    Bruce Heyman Canada
    Max Sieben Baucus China
    Andrew Schapiro Czech Republic
    S. Fitzgerald Haney Costa Rica
    Rufus Gifford Denmark
    James Brewster Dominican Republic
    Anthony Luzzatto Gardner European Union
    Charles C. Adams, Jr. Finland
    Jane Hartley France & Monaco
    John Emerson Germany
    Ken Hackett Holy See
    Colleen Bradley Bell Hungary
    Michael A. Lawson ICAO
    Robert C. Barber Iceland
    Richard Rahul Verma India
    Kevin O’Malley Ireland
    John Phillips Italy & San Marino
    Caroline Kennedy Japan
    David McKean Luxembourg
    Roberta Jacobson Mexico
    Dwight L. Bush, Sr. Morocco
    Douglas Lute NATO
    Timothy Broas Netherlands
    Mark Gilbert New Zealand & Samoa
    Samuel D. Heins Norway
    Mari Carmen Aponte OAS
    Daniel Yohannes OECD
    Daniel Brooks Baer OSCE
    Robert A. Sherman Portugal
    Joseph W. Westphal Saudi Arabia
    Kirk Wagar Singapore
    Patrick Gaspard South Africa
    Mark Lippert South Korea
    James Costos Spain & Andorra
    Azita Raji Sweden
    Suzi LeVine Switzerland & Liechtenstein
    Mark Childress Tanzania
    John Estrada Trinidad & Tobago
    Sarah Elizabeth Mendelson UN / Economic & Social Council
    Pamela K. Hamamoto UN / Geneva
    Keith Harper UN / Human Rights Council
    Isobel Coleman UN / Management and Reform
    David Pressman UN / Political Affairs
    Laura Holgate UN / Vienna
    Crystal Nix-Hines UNESCO
    Matthew Winthrop Barzun United Kingdom
    Samantha Power United Nations

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    • Niagara Frontier says:

      What the hell are we doing with seven ambassadors to the United Nations?

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      • 4bleu says:

        well, UN spreads it around. Headquarters for the individual agencies are not in NY, but in other cities, like Geneva for example, so having an ambassador-level person at that location insures US can participate in/keep tabs on the high-level meetings/decisions etc.
        Not as nutty as it seems at first glance, but not so not nutty it couldn’t be reviewed to see if the current arrangement is getting the most bang for the buck for the US.

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        • dutzie60 says:

          They could use Skype and stay in NY.

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          • Time to re-think the “system” that is in place and one that has made slaves of us all, cradle to the grave.

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          • 4bleu says:

            Well… for a lot of things yes, they already do by tele-conference. But Trump himself knows this very well: good diplomacy requires getting to know people – and they are people and have an honest and trustworthy relationship with them. This requires privacy and conversations that can be trusted – ie speaking freely knowing what can be said and not said and being able to trust the other person to respect that. That requires knowing the person – that part just cannot be achieved by phone or conference calls. Need both.

            Unfortunately, the US embassies seem to be quite loaded with a lot of immature-looking staff right now, with poor people and language skills. Too many times their ‘outreach’ is shallow – reaching the western-elites rather than the average person. ie. music concerts with ‘rappers’ but the regular people who push for this or that in a country aren’t part of that scene and in fact look down on it. The embassies under hillary pushed gay rights in countries that get real hot when that subject comes up – and ‘diplomacy’ is not supposed to be about shoving one’s agenda on the local population, but to promote good relations between countries. These sorts of things alienated people, put the host government off and damaged US diplomatic relations.

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            • Finding any “likes”?

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              • 4bleu says:

                Not sure what you mean.
                Just be aware that the US has absolutely lost out on deals, agreements overseas because they tried to do it over the phone and by email instead of in person. The other parties blew them off for being lazy and met instead with people representing other countries who made the effort to meet face-to-face. Trump absolutely understands this. That’s been his life, making life-long personal contacts. It’s what the US needs for strong, professional and informed diplomacy.

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            • georgiafl says:

              Hillary did more than push gay rights, she made foreign aid contingent upon accepting the gay rights activist agenda.

              Even in the USA the LBGTXYZ lifestyles are fraught with health, relational, mental health, violence including murder is increased among this demographic. STDs have gone through the roof – 40-150 times increased incidence in this population group – CDC reports new strains of STDs that are incurable and untreatable (HPV, HIV, Herpes, new strains of syphilis and gonorrhea).

              This was Hillary and Obama’s priority, so they pushed it, though these barely developed countries were unable to deal with the health and crime issues involved with allowing these lifestyles to be normalized. Leftists are generally bullies….and so Hillary/Obama were just that.

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              • georgiafl says:

                Hillary also pushed abortion under the guise of ‘women’s health’ – which upset many countries whose culture did not accept abortion. Obama and Hillary were heavy-handed pushing their agenda.

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              • 4bleu says:

                Yeah, there’s a lot the US public doesn’t know about all this. Never saw the letter with my own eyes, but wonder if this what all part of the package – the host countries were told in an un-diplomatic letter that they had to extend full diplomatic entitlements to the gay ‘spouses’ of embassy diplomats/staff, even though gay marriage was illegal in the host country. In some countries, the US State Depart under Hillary tried to push parliamentary votes to legalize gay marriage and came very close to infuriating the entire local population to violence.
                The radio guys and callers-in just screaming out of the radio. 24/7 fury across the country thanks to Hillary’s neocolonialist gay agenda demands in countries that have been friendly with the US for decades – Hillary almost got some governments torn out of power for pushing that one issue – what Progressive neo-colonialism looks like.

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          • greenworxx says:

            Exactly, they should be using video conferencing to handle business. The need for a physical presence in each country is antiquated and expensive. All we may need to provide are translators. It would save literally tons of money. Sell the embassies in friendly countries to major hotel vendors. Sell the embassies in dangerous countries back to them. I have no sympathy for the ambassadors who were appointed by obummer. They chose to work for a corrupt regime. So, they have to accept the consequences.

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    • DEGinTN says:

      Please confirm to me that Samantha Powers is on the way out as well. God IS great !

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    • Marc says:

      The Vatican doesn’t need it’s own ambassador!

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    • DeWalt says:

      That’s interesting. We sent a Winthrop back to merry Ole England as an ambassador. Political ties do last forever.

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  16. dalethorn says:

    Trump needs to be very careful. Carter fired a bunch of guys in and around State, most of whom were likely spooks and other miscreants, and they undermined him at every turn.

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  17. anarchist335 says:

    “[Trump] has taken a hard line against leaving any of President Obama’s political appointees in place as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20 with a mission of dismantling many of his predecessor’s signature foreign and domestic policy achievements.” – failing NYT.

    Question: What achievements? The world wonders…

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  18. gamecock123 says:

    Trump is the hardest worker I have ever seen elected as President. I have this giggley feeling inside that he is going work Congress’ @sses off like they ain’t never. Most of these career politicians haven’t worked in the private sector, especially for a boss that works hard at everything he does like Trump. McCain is 80 yrs old, with mutiple bosses to cover, Trump and his globalist pimps.

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    • Ron says:

      He’s showing them what a MAN is.

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    • Gamecock, you have nailed it: He’s going to work Congress’ tails off.

      He’s going to keep them in session until they confirm all appointees, fund our agenda and pass an acceptable budget. Then he’s going to hold them over as they re-authorize or end each overreaching and job-killing regulation.

      Even better, he’s already branded BOTH parties as owning the ObamaCare repeal and replacement. We can already see “I’m in charge here” Ryan starting to stammer and sweat with no ready-to-go replacement. Can you imagine the public uprising when they get their 2018 Rate and Deductible increases – if they even have an insurer left in their states? All Trump needs to do is end IRS collections of tax penalties for the uninsured and end the 30-hour workweek limit to test true demand.

      This would be his greatest tactic to get Term Limits passed.
      [Congressional version of “Please stop winning, Mr. President.”]

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      • No They need to repeal the whole thing .
        If they just modify obamscare and change parts with eo, it will be around forever.

        Rightvniw is the best and probably only chance to get rid of obamacare. The free market will have insurance companies offering varied new policies tomorrow. After a year, then see what , if anything, the federal government, needs to do regarding heath insurance. Then it can be openly debated and legislation passed

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        • Agree on Repeal!

          Hope Sundance opens a thread on how to handle ObamaCare.

          My post above was about how Trump will Ryan and the Uniparty to heel:

          He’s already saddled Ryan with ObamaCare ownership.
          Now he’s saddling Ryan with Build-the-Wall and Illegal Alien ownership.

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  19. furtive says:

    “Trump Aims To Cut The Neocon Deep State Off At The Knees”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-05/trump-aims-cut-neocon-deep-state-knees

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  20. Ron says:

    CRACK THAT WHIP, President Trump! We’re behind you, 100%.

    he hasn’t let us down yet, and continues to do what’s right, for us, in ways like this, that we don’t even see coming.

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  21. p'odwats says:

    Great move by Trump to dump the deadwood in the State Department. Next move for Trump is to clean out that swamp in the Justice Department too. January 20th will be a massive fumigation of DC. All Trump is doing is trying to give back to the people of America a government by the people for the people, and look at all of the entrenched career hacks who have made a complete mess of our nation crying and whining like little babies.

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  22. 4bleu says:

    there’s a tangent issue. other countries fight tooth and nail to get their citizens into upper UN positions. the US despite all the contributions it provides doesn’t go to the mat to position US citizens for these critical posts.
    seems unbelievable, but the US is underrepresented at the upper tiers of UN.
    State Dept has an office expressly to promote US citizens into the UN system, but they put in the paperwork and don’t follow up. Years ago they were placing – out of their office – a US citizen once every a few years – a performance record that would have quickly closed any other office in any other business.

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  23. p'odwats says:

    It’s the worst word in the English language for corrupt politicians to fathom. It’s the word ACCOUNTABILITY. We’ve had crooks and bums in DC who have given us a ten trillion dollar federal deficit and they’re doing everything they can to discredit Trump because they know he’s coming in to start cleaning up their mess, and kicking a bunch of them to the curb where they belong.

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  24. Stringy theory says:

    Head em up Move em out! Get them lefties rollin.

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  25. Well, look who was sucking up to Obama for an ambassadorship – Anna Wintour – the ugliest Clinton supporter who hides her face with hair and sunglasses.

    She visited Trump earlier. Hope he doesn’t give her the time of day. Why would he?

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-to-meet-graydon-carter-anna-wintour-233230

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  26. BRYinTX says:

    Sweet move!

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  27. Heartsurgeon says:

    I believe Obama did this in 200o, firing all the Bush political appointees. This is a nothingburget spun into FAKE NEWS in the leftist media.

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  28. 4bleu says:

    Oh, must mention to SD that (as usual!) the list and explanations are very well-done.
    As if there wasn;t enough on Trump’s plate – and everyone:

    The symbiotic relationship between State and the American International Schools has become a huge unreported burden to the US taxpayer. It is indeed a hardship to have to pay for schooling overseas for one-two-three-four kids when at home people can send their kids to public school, plus students need transcripts that are recognized, so it’s not a bad thing to help State employees with school fees. BUT since State staff don;t pay a dime, they don;t care what price the schools charge. And those schools take FULL advantage of this.

    And no one checks on them to see what these schools administrations did with all that money. We’ve seen schools with closets packed with untouched curriculum/supplies/things from educational shopping sprees, they demand hundreds to thousands of dollars for application fees, weird one time additional fees like $5,000 for ‘building fund’ without ever explaining what that is. So yes, these schools have security expenses and some operating expenses that most US schools don;t need, but they are gouging for the rest of it.

    If an American international school charges $15,000 per student in 3rd grade and there are ten in a class – that’s $150,000 per student and the teacher costs $40,000. Supplies – it;s 3rd grade what $2,000- $3,000 for everything? So, what do they do – this non-profit as they are registered – with the lion’s share of the money? On-line overseas teachers groups rate how lousy these international schools administrations are – failing to pay teachers, hitting them with unexpected fees before they get paid…hmm-hmm-hmm. And the culture of these schools is progressives on steroids – downplaying the ‘American’ in the name for ‘global citizen.’

    They feather their nests quite well out of sight of the US public with US taxpayers money from people who don’t have a “Hall of Peace” or Olympic size swimming pool for their kids at their local school and can;t get their minds wrapped around how it costs $18,000 to educate a 4th grader or $27,000 to educate a 11th grader. Lunch and transport not included.
    It’s not exactly State’s fault, because the schools are supposedly ‘independent’ but they get other types of support from the State Department. But State has a responsibility to not let the schools demand whatever they want, while delivering a mediocre education. These schools will suddenly discover they can cut here or there and lower tuition.

    State employees are so used to the freebie so they will squeal like stuck pigs if they have to pay even 10% of the bill themselves. That’s very fair – UN employees have to pay 30%. US international schools are so expensive that UN staff can;t afford even that 30% if they have more than one child in school. State Dept empoyees will also deliberately pick postings in countries that don;t have a high school so they can then send their kids to swank private boarding schools in Europe, 100% paid by US taxpayer to the tune of over $50,000 a year – for high school.

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    • KBR says:

      Let them home-school.

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    • mightyconservative says:

      Absolutely true. A relative worked for the State Department….terrible schools, the taxpayers were on the hook for Black Forest Academy. 😤

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    • Wookiebush says:

      You are 100% correct about the International schools pushing a progressive global agenda on the children. These schools are brainwashing these children with Global warming nonsense and charging through the nose for it. They are also pushing a global citizen crap.

      The options are not good at a lot of posts for educating children. But you are right, it is 10K to do Kindergarten, and that is cheap for an international school. Until the child gets to age 5 by Dec 1, the State Dept will not pay anything. So no pre-K or other educational opportunities before then unless you pay through the nose for it, out of pocket.

      I have heard doing home school, but working 11 hours a day it is hard to try and do some education for the little ones. Foreign Service Officers do not get OT or comp time. Any time over 40 hours a week is at no compensation.

      Sure the spouse could do it since they have next to no prospect for employment overseas. That is part of the reason for additional compensation due to the spouse/household losing the 2nd earner by going overseas.

      W.
      RAR!

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  29. yakmaster2 says:

    There once was a US President who told his opposition: “Elections have consequences.”
    After Jan. 20th, 2017, that same President will have his hands full consoling his bitter political party, rallying all his fellow globalists, agonizing over his “my Precious” legacy, and pretending to actually work in a private sector job that will net him millions. Some may wonder how he’s going to manage all this without his speechwriters, pulpit, teleprompters, and handlers? Ah well, he still has the msm to remind us how brilliant and accomplished he was and ever shall be. Amen.
    Failing that, he will tell us himself, as always.

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  30. fred5678 says:

    From the news story, after lots of weepy paragraphs full of stories of important personages now forced into selling apples on the sidewalks of Europe —

    Nov. 9: Obama’s State Dept. notified all political appointees to submit letters of resignation effective Jan 20. Therefore should be no surprise with Trump enforcing same deadline to depart the premises — and STOP IMPLEMENTING OBAMA’S POLICIES..

    They don’t have to come home or take their kids out of school — they just don’t get a free ride anymore — they have to pay for their own housing — just like me and the rest of us Deplorables.

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  31. what is a polygraph ? A lie detector ?

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  32. James23 says:

    Ex-cellent!
    Tents fingers

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  33. jeans2nd says:

    “Congressional Democrats already poked the LION…”

    Don’t tell Congress, but the LION does not come alone. The LION comes with US. For Congress – I would recommend fear, and highly recommend Congress not look behind themselves, to avoid more fear.

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    • unconqueredone says:

      We The People are watching. Fortunately Congress only gets a 2 year term- and it’s going to be a rough one followed by an even more difficult election for them.

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  34. maga2016 says:

    Obama is as corrupt as Clinton

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  35. Rocky says:

    Next, resignation letters from all United States Attorneys. Sessions can decide who is worth keeping.

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  36. kimosaabe says:

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  37. Momof4 says:

    Not just all of the political appointees (all departments) and all of the U S Attorneys should be asked to submit resignations, but all of the flag officers (generals and admirals); all of whom serve at the pleasure of the President. Trump’s new department heads can decide which, if any, should stay. It is one thing to keep a flag officer with lots of time spent at the Pentagon, as opposed to in the field, if he is a logistics genius etc, but another if he just a HQ weenie or poster child for preferred flavors.

    Also, move some departments out of D.C. and closer to their field of operation. Agriculture could go to Iowa, Interior to Wyoming, Energy to Texas etc.

    In addition, send obstructionist civil service types to less-attractive locations. As above, send some State people to Benghazi, Khartoum etc (unaccompanied by family, as the military does for security-risk posts), EPA to Adak, AK etc. The NVy has a long tradition of doing this to people, to encourage resignation of dead wood.

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  38. Kaco says:

    I wonder if my cousin in Singapore will be affected. He was in the military a long time and I believe works at the embassy there. He apparently followed in his parents footsteps, as they worked for the embassies in Spain and Thailand, afterward settling in the DC area working for the state department. One of my cousins was born in Spain and their youngest was adopted from Thailand. I’m not in close contact, would all the staff be clearing out, too?

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    • 4bleu says:

      What? No. The political appointees at the top have to go, as is the normal procedure for every incoming administration. Trump simply reminded them not to assume they can bend the rules. Operations as usual waiting for the new Ambassadors to get confirmed. This is common. Embassies can go months and months without a designated Ambassador. The duties are covered by lower level staff who are designated as ‘acting’ for.

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      • waikatoguy says:

        This is absolutely true. The work will be done by the acting heads of the embassies, and in most cases do it better.
        The only rationale reason you have for politically appointed ambassadors is so that foreign governments can deal directly with someone who is close to the American head of government. Obviously Obama appointees cannot act in this way if Trump is president so there is no point their being there at all even for one day.

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  39. bob says:

    Completely unneeded positions by and large. The primary mission of the US Embassy’s should be 1. to facilitate the sale of US products and services.
    2. to assist US citizens when in need
    3. to be eyes on the ground.

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  40. This is just a very small part of the swamp that needs draining.

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  41. 4bleu says:

    SD – another point regarding bringing in fresh blood. The retiring Foreign Service officers are the ones who effectively select their replacements – as in they review the candidate applications and choose who gets to enter the Foreign Service as a career. So, true to human nature of bureaucracies, they hire people just like them, their comfort zone choices. Some do, but many don’t realize they’re doing this. A revamp for hiring would bring in some fresh eyes to review/choose candidates.

    Also, as you said, there are many very capable people. There are many who are ‘nice’ people who mean well, like a small town banking staff. Some speak languages, others go from post to post and never really have to speak anything but English as their work is inside the Embassy. Embassies have necessary administrative functions, support functions and ‘representational’ functions.

    The two streams of ‘political’ and ‘administrative’ hire different types of people and skills sets. Everyone is supported by ‘host country nationals’ who they supervise to do the clerical and mid-level work for admin, or in political side to offer advice on local political background.

    It’s just easy for Americans who have no small town instincts and that ‘spidy sense’ to accept one host country national’s view without realizing he or she may also have an agenda, not realize that one’s staff is all from the same village, which hates the staff in the other office which is from another part of the country, so the two offices have a grand time deflecting responsibility for mistakes on the other office, not themselves, and they have groomed their naive American supervisors to side with their own immediate office staffs, not knowing they’re being played.

    This is why there are some confusions among people who haven’t been exposed to the State Department culture and job role problem (including aid/trade/etc agencies) before as to what the situation is and what’s required to fix it so it all functions better.

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    • Wookiebush says:

      4bleu,
      you have hit the nail on the head once again.

      You will actually get in trouble if you use that small town instinct and actually question the FSN staff too much. There are too many avenues for the set in their ways FSN staff to tolerate the American’s way. The upper Embassy staff, especially in the Clinton and Kerry era will go with the FSNs and tell the FSOs to knock it off. Long story short, nothing ever changes at the Embassy.

      W.

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  42. Attorney says:

    I worked for a while with State. The corruption is unimaginable, both from a lucre perspective as well as from a political ideology perspective. Socialist, uniparty, diversity panderers to the core.

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  43. Buck Turgidson says:

    Couldn’t we downsize the State Dept by about 75% with the only noticeable effect of saving a boatload of money? A bunch of amateurs, paper pushers, and “do gooders” whose importance is wildly overexaggerated, and who generally muck around stupidly in other countries’ business and make things worse.

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  44. Buck Turgidson says:

    I am afraid that we have way, way too many foreign service staff of the Carolyn Kennedy ilk (left-wing, privileged, connected, globalist, stupid), than those of the tough, informed, negotiator, America-first types in our embassies around the world. We spend a bloody fortune on all these embassies and missions abroad. Our return is? I for one would be willing to take the risk and shut them all down and can all these privileged overpaid sinecures and go from there, and see what kind of foreign presence we might need. Remember, we are the big dog and we don’t need to be in these foreign countries sucking up. Does anyone seriously think that the nation reaps tremendous rewards from having Carolyn Kennedy in Japan? What does she do over there, other than have the Japanese think that America must be a nation of really stupid incompetent naive morons? Close this crap down, let’s cut some tax $$ and let Americans keep their $$ and invest it here. People in this country are hurting right now and it’s time to stop pizzing away $$$$.

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    • Wookiebush says:

      Damn straight Buck. State overseas is crammed full of leftist, globalists, morons who think they are on a vacation for 2-3 years in a country. These idiots let their local staff do all the work, anyway the staff wants to do it even if it is inefficient or possibly illegal.

      I call them The Country Club Foreign Service, and it makes the rest of us that want to put America first and do an honest days work sick. We are overseas representing our country and working for the Tax payers, not to be lounging around on a vacation.

      The Embassy culture can be nauseating at times.

      W.
      RAR!

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  45. Michael Smallman says:

    I haven’t read most of the posts….., A close, dear friend of mine has been a friend for nearly 50 years to an Ambassador to an Eastern European county, during the second Bush administration. He was given his marching orders in a similar manner (2 sentence letter) when the Obama administration took power. There is absolutely nothing unusual about what is happening. The friend, of my friend, was is a smart, honorable man who was truly dedicated to our country.

    I don’t know of, or know of, most of the current Ambassadors. We should not automatically paint the current crop of Ambassadors as different from my friend’s friend. Those who have a significant public history are a different matter. (i.e. Samatha Powers)

    Respectfully

    A true conservative American

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  46. Hank Litner says:

    Given the animosity, by the left, towards Pres. Elect Trump..it makes absolute sense to get rid of all the political appointees on day one! The reality of the State Department is that there are always several other competent career diplomats at every station, who can take over the day to day operations until a new Ambassador is appointed and arrives at his/her post. While this quick turn-over is not the norm, neither is the attitude of the Democrats towards the new administration. Make no mistake…..on noon of January 20 there will be a new boss in town (for better or worse). This is consistent with what the American people want….and it is why many of us voted for a major change. Personally, our feelings toward Trump are the same as they were when Obama took office…..our hopes and prayers are with our new President and Commander in Chief. For those that think otherwise, there are many good roads (and flights) to Canada

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  47. lbmomblog says:

    hum, when pigs fly…huh Mr. John McCain, is that representable of when you flew? Pigs? Flew?
    ah yes, so now we see Pigs do Fly.

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  48. Wookiebush says:

    the NYT article full of half truths, but I repeat myself, said “The mandate — issued “without exceptions,” according to a terse State Department cable sent on Dec. 23, diplomats who saw it said — threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain.” Uh sorry morons, but there are Deputy Chief of Missions at every Embassy in the world. The DCM automatically takes over when there is no Amb. and the mission continues on like before. ALL of the DCMs are career FSO, not political appointees. Usually it is the job of the DCM and Embassy staff to mitigate the damage caused by the inept political hack that is appointed to run the mission because he gave money to the election of the President.

    I think political appointees should be removed from Ambassadorships. Notice there are never any appointees to places that suck like S. America or Africa or outer Mongolia?

    I agree with the Transition team, all appointees out by the 20th. They will work against the Trump Administration goals and owe their loyalty to Ovomit, not PE. Trump.

    BTW, the housing overseas is not that great. Maybe in State as they control the housing pool,i.e deciding on who gets what house in the pool. Sure it is supposed to be “fair” to us other agencies but I have lived in some seriously $hitty houses time after time. The other issue is that State makes the rules, that are always in their favor, that the rest of us have to follow.

    Strip State to the frame and start again.

    W.
    RAR!

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