Friday, July 8, 2016

July, 2016, Part 6, Political Class Insanity: Federal Government Continues To Get Hacked, Mutiny In The State Department, and More

It is the beginning of another month which means it is time again to review the latest political class insanity from the American political class. Each month it takes us multiple posts to cover the wasteful spending, incompetent government organizations and employees, government programs that usually make a problem worse than resolving it, inane and idiotic politician comments, etc. In fact, last month we set a record, needing ten full posts to cover it all.

To review past posts on this insanity and idiocy, just click on the first few posts in each month listed to the right of this page. After reviewing just a handful of these insanity posts we think you will agree that we are currently being served by the worst set of American politicians ever to hold office in our entire history.

It looks like our politicians have been especially insane over the past month or so let’s continue with the latest insanity from today’s American politicians one day earlier than we usually do:

1) It is our opinion that the Obama/Clinton/Kerry foreign affairs strategy has been a disaster. The Taliban control more territory now than what they did way back in 2001, making the investment in U.S. blood and wealth next to useless. The Russians invade Europe (the Ukraine) and nothing is done to punish them of any consequence, years later they still occupy a large part of the country. Iran and North Korea have had almost eight years of unimpeded progress towards becoming nuclear weapons powers. The Obama/Clinton un-Constitutional and illegal invasion of Libya has destroyed an entire society and created a new terrorist haven.

However, perhaps the worse failure had been in Syria. After threatening a “red line” and then backing off of it, Obama’s credibility was destroyed. His arming of the rebels resulted in the development of ISIS, the worst and richest terror group of all time. His premature withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq facilitated the rise of ISIS. 

And apparently, these failures have really ticked off the people most responsible for our foreign affairs, according to an article by Saagar Enjeti writing for the Daily Caller website. In a diplomatic rebellion not seen since the Vietnam War, 51 State Department diplomats signed an internal State Department letter ripping apart Obama’s Syrian policy. 

The diplomats cited the “ continual Syrian violations of agreed upon ceasefires and the “overwhelming” of U.S. foreign policy by the Syrian civil war.” This type of pushback has not been seen since the State Department set up its “dissent channel” during the Vietnam War. The purpose of the channel was to encourage diplomats to express their opinions without fear of retribution.

I go through this background to show that these diplomats are not loose cannons that are constantly complaining when they do not get their way. This is serious stuff and it is the failure of the Obama, Clinton, and Kerry foreign affairs management that caused serious diplomats to step out and speak up. The 51 diplomats are almost all career members of the State Department with a hundreds of years of combined Middle East foreign affairs experience.

I will not go into details of the strategy these professionals think should be followed, they obviously know more than I do. But the insanity of the whole situation is that seven and a half years into his Presidency, Obama is facing a mutiny of the most expert foreign affairs people the country has. He has learned nothing since he was sworn in back in 2009, still allowing his huge ego, vanity, and lack of foreign affairs experience to overwhelm expert opinions and experiences of others. As a result, his legacy has another failure to hang on the wall.

2) Over the past couple of years, there have been a number of instances where hackers penetrated and stole personal and government information from Federal government computers, endangering our national security and the personal identity integrity of millions of Americans. Despite these previous warnings, it appears that the Federal government and the political class that operate it have done little to prevent further hacks.

According to a recent article by George Russell writing for Fox News: 
  • In 2014, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, a single, unidentified Federal agency was hit with a whopping 1,370 computer hacking attacks of its most important computer systems.
  • These attacks resulted in 516 so-called “data leaks,” about a 40% success rate for those trying to hack the entity.
  • This level of incompetence comes despite the 2014 successful hack when 4.2 million personnel files of past and former U.S. federal civil servants from its Office of Personnel Management (OPM) were stolen by China-based intruders.
  • The data for the GAO report came from a survey of 24 Federal organizations, in other words the results were self reported, meaning that the hacking crisis could be far worse than the self reporting agencies are willing to admit to.
  • Eighteen of the 24 Federal entities are pretty important since they have so-called “high impact” systems, systems defined as those systems where “the loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability can have a severe or catastrophic adverse effect on organizational operations, assets or individuals.”
  • The GAO was also critical of the processes for cyber security that were in place across the Federal government since the GAPO claimed all agencies of the Federal government “had lots of guidance on how to protect themselves, but even now are still not doing enough to make sure the guidance was followed.”
  • Also, it was clear in the GAO’s mind that necessary cyber security training of pertinent personnel had not been carried out and no Federal agency had fully implmeneted identified remedial plans to fix what was wrong with their cyber security.
Bottom line is that like just about every other part of the Federal government bureaucracy, it is totally dysfunctional despite the American taxpayer paying big tax bills for little benefit in return.

3) Consider the sad plight of many Americans today:
  • 45 million Americans still need Federal food assistance every month despite us being six years into Obama’s tepid economic recovery.
  • Tens of millions of Americans can either not find a job or cannot find a full time job.
  • The number of young adults living with their parents is at an all time high.
  • About 50,000 Americans die every year from drug addiction.
  • The number of homeless Americans at any one point in time is at least in the hundreds of thousands range.
  • Many of our armed forces veterans are not receiving the medical care they need and deserve.
I could go on but you get the idea. There are tens of millions of Americans that could use a helping hand to make their lives a little better. 

And yet despite these needs for our fellow citizens, a recent article from the Fix This Nation website found that each new refugee that Obama wants to bring to this country will initially cost American taxpayers about $20,000. According to a report from Negative Growth, Inc.:
  • The Federal government spends $19,884 of taxpayer wealth for every refugee that comes into the country.
  • This computes out as a result of 95,000 new refugees coming into the country divided into the $1.8 billion annual budget.
  • We take in 67% of refugees referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
  • This is obviously more than the rest of the world combined.
  • The $19,884 cost is just for resettlement of refugees, the actual cost is far higher since 74% of refugees are on food stamps, 47% receive cash benefits from the Federal government, 56% are enrolled in Medicaid, and 22% receive some form of housing subsidy.
If someone wants to come to this country today, that is fine as long as they do not burden existing taxpayers with their wants and needs. We have tens of millions of Americans who need food, jobs, housing, drug treatment and medical treatment. With a $19 TRILLION national debt, at some point in time we need to force the political class to look out for our own and not the unwanted of other countries.

Another day, another set of political class insanity: Saving the world’s refugees while our own citizens suffer, a leaky set of government computers managed by incompetents, and a mutiny in the State Department who are tired of Obama’s failed foreign policies. More insanity tomorrow.

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