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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Reynolds Reform

Instapundit has to be pleased with this call for lobbying reform on the part of Trump.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday will propose a five-year ban on executive branch officials lobbying after they leave government if he is elected, according to excerpts of a speech on fixing ethics problems in Washington. Trump also will say he plans to ask Congress to impose its own five-year ban on former lawmakers and their staff lobbying as well as set a lifetime ban on senior executive branch officials lobbying for foreign governments.
It's not quite as strong as Reynolds's call for a 100 percent tax, but it would certainly help drain a little corruption from the swamp.

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Blogger Johnny October 19, 2016 10:07 AM  

Government gone wild is what we have now.

One might also require that the higher ranking military officers and those involved in procurement not be allowed to accept money (employment or otherwise) from military contractors.

Blogger Student in Blue October 19, 2016 10:19 AM  

In the same vein, but good luck getting it to happen, Donald Trump also says he'll "push for a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits on all members of Congress."

Something to the tune of 6 years for House, and 12 years for Senate. Again, good luck getting it to happen, but it's nice to even have the discussion on the table.

Source: Press Release on Oct 18, from Trump's website

Anonymous fop October 19, 2016 10:23 AM  

They'll just use proxies. The only way is to completely eliminate federal income tax. As long as there is 2.1 trillion dollars in the trough every year the pigs will continue to gorge.

Blogger Timmy3 October 19, 2016 10:28 AM  

They'll find a loophole. They always do.

Just voted for Trump. The third debate won't matter for me, but I'll still watch. My vote won't count since I live in California and Democrats usually win 60 to 40. Met Whitman (who ran as Republican for Governor and lost) will sit in Hillary's section. Obama's half brother will sit in Trump's section. Another circus in Las Vegas.

Anonymous JI October 19, 2016 10:32 AM  

#1 above, Johnny, is absolutely right about the MI complex! That's serious money (i.e., hundreds of billions) that's being blown on boondoggles like the F35, Ford carrier program, LCS, etc...

Blogger Steve October 19, 2016 10:37 AM  

I think there already is something along those lines in place with military field grade and above...I know anyone over GS-15 has to have a 'cooling off' period before they can act as a contractor or consultant. There is a process for exemptions on a case-by-case basis, but it's pretty hard to get it through.

Blogger Elocutioner October 19, 2016 10:42 AM  

@fop The only way to get money out of (federal) politics is to get the money and power out of DC. It's weird that they always instead choose to tinker with the symptoms than the cause...

Blogger scimitar October 19, 2016 10:56 AM  

Great idea.. An outfit called "Common Good " has some great ideas. One is to literally move out of Washington DC. Physically move agencies , departments out of DC say to the midwest to Maine. Just moving out of that sewer DC would change the bureaucracy ....

Blogger pyrrhus October 19, 2016 10:58 AM  

Now Trump has really done it, attacking the revolving door is sacrilege for the DC elites.

Blogger Ransom Smith October 19, 2016 11:14 AM  

My wife has a high school friend who is a lobbyist now.

Shilled for Rubio in the primaries.

What's amusing is how the Beltway (the most accursed place on earth) doesn't see or care why they're hated.

Once again, I feel as if I must sadly blame the great George Washington for being lazy and putting the capital near his home.

My beloved Virginia has wrecked so much because of proximity to DC.

Anonymous EH October 19, 2016 11:17 AM  

Seems rather like fixing the engine-room telegraph on the Titanic. We have an open, totalitarian media and bipartisan political conspiracy to elect a woman guilty of murder, treason, war crimes and tens of thousands of other provable felonies that make her legally ineligible for the job. The same conspiracy is openly aimed at displacing the historic American people with invaders, empowering inferior minorities and women over superior men, selling our posterity into not only debt slavery but inevitably tyranny worse than actual slavery. They're pure evil. It's like restricting orcs from becoming lobbyists for five years. Good, yes, but not addressing the main threats.

Anonymous Reader October 19, 2016 11:28 AM  

#3. pigs as metaphor

How about, crocodiles in the swamp?

Blogger Nick S October 19, 2016 11:32 AM  

Mr. Trump, the Ministry of Central Planning would like a word.

Anonymous a_peraspera October 19, 2016 11:34 AM  

The immigration question is what propelled Trump to the top of the GOP heap.

Why the FUCK does he never talk about limiting immigration. He hasn't mentioned it for WEEKS!

Anonymous Turner Ashby October 19, 2016 11:36 AM  

@14, the latest e-mail from his mailing list for donors says he's going to talk about immigration at the third debate.

Blogger LJDiver October 19, 2016 11:37 AM  

Working for the government should be like, Logan's Run, after a certain amount of time you must self terminate or be hunted down.

Fitz of Ilk

Blogger Ransom Smith October 19, 2016 11:38 AM  

Why the FUCK does he never talk about limiting immigration. He hasn't mentioned it for WEEKS!

If I was to guess, I'd say it's because those swayed by immigration have already been swayed. The Wall is well known as an idea. As are his plans for restricting immigration across the boarder.

At this point, he's fighting the battles for the undecided votes. Assuming there are any.

But I'm with you that Immigration is the key argument.

Blogger Student in Blue October 19, 2016 11:39 AM  

Why the FUCK does he never talk about limiting immigration. He hasn't mentioned it for WEEKS!

My guess is because corruption is the current topic thanks to Wikileaks and now these O'Keefe videos, so that's what he talks about.

Also hammering on corruption doubles down on how morally deficient Hillary is, so it serves twofold as a promotion of himself and a degradation of Hillary - and more juicy details about corruption are forthcoming.

Blogger Nick S October 19, 2016 11:44 AM  

Student in Blue wrote:and more juicy details about corruption are forthcoming.

Trump will announce tonight that Hillary raped him while Bill watched?

Anonymous 5343 Kinds of Deplorable October 19, 2016 11:49 AM  

Why the FUCK does he never talk about limiting immigration. He hasn't mentioned it for WEEKS!

Did you watch the Florida and Wisconsin speeches last week? He totally beat that drum. It's just not being reported anymore.

Anonymous Trimegistus October 19, 2016 11:50 AM  

Term limits for Congress would make the problem worse, not better. It would make all the legislators completely dependent on the non-elected Party organization of donors, lobbyists, bagmen, etc. No legislator would be able to build his own organization; they would all be, in effect, employees of the Party.

Plus, term limits would increase the pool of ex-legislators looking for lobbying jobs after leaving office, which would mean they'd be pre-bought before they ever took office.

OpenID timwburke October 19, 2016 11:51 AM  

@10 Ransom Smith
What is the friend's rationalization for why the Beltway is disliked?
Or is it complete denial?

Blogger Escoffier October 19, 2016 11:52 AM  

Love the guy or hate him he is saying some amazing stuff. As I said a while ago anyone willing to pay lip service to Jeff Sessions has my vote.

Anonymous johnc October 19, 2016 11:53 AM  

The only way is to completely eliminate federal income tax. As long as there is 2.1 trillion dollars in the trough every year the pigs will continue to gorge.

Why would they cut off their own cash flow?

The only way to starve this beast is with a coordinated tax strike.

But then again, you can't even convince "good Americans" to cancel their damn cable subscription because "muh sports!" is their highest god. Good luck recruiting the level of sacrifice needed to fight the devils driving this country into the ground.

Anonymous Galactic Starfleets of Deplorable Spartacus October 19, 2016 11:55 AM  

OT. A couple of current Drudge headlines about the Best Election Evah-

Hillary Bus Dumps Shit in Street...

HAZMAT Called...


Blogger Ransom Smith October 19, 2016 11:57 AM  

What is the friend's rationalization for why the Beltway is disliked?
Or is it complete denial?


No one I know. Wife's friend from High School.

I don't understand it. The beltway is always said with a sneer by anyway not from north of Fredicksburg, VA.

They live in a bubble. Which is about to burst hard.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 October 19, 2016 11:59 AM  

It amazing the ideas he's coming up with in the wake of the "pussy-grabbing" attacks against him.

And none of these ideas should be considered fascism to any sane person

Anonymous BGKB October 19, 2016 12:03 PM  

This and offering to audit the fed, its almost too good to be true.

Just voted for Trump. The third debate won't matter for me, but I'll still watch.

First the intergenerational Octopussy video and now reports that Huma is "Clintons external HARD DRIVE"
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/huma-abedin-clinton-wikileaks-229914

vote won't count since I live in California and Democrats usually win 60 to 40.

Go there just to see if illegals are registered to vote at your address, when they look up your name by address

One is to literally move out of Washington DC. Physically move agencies , departments out of DC say to the midwest to Maine.

All it would do is make the new area a sewer without the black crime of DC, to at least remind politicians of reality. All of the employees would be paid to move to the new area. That suggestion is like offering to transplant breast cancer into someone's belly. Where ever DC is the cancer and corruption will follow.

I must sadly blame the great George Washington for being lazy and putting the capital near his home.

At the time it was strategically located for ease of boat travel in the colonies. Southern states could come in the Chesapeake bay from the south and the Susquehanna river dumps into the same Bay but runs up into NY.

Why the FUCK does he never talk about limiting immigration. He hasn't mentioned it for WEEKS!

All of his rally videos are available, its just not being reported.

Blogger Ransom Smith October 19, 2016 12:09 PM  

At the time it was strategically located for ease of boat travel in the colonies. Southern states could come in the Chesapeake bay from the south and the Susquehanna river dumps into the same Bay but runs up into NY.

I get the rational. But Philadelphia is similarly suited on a major river and would have been an easier choice.

Blogger BassmanCO October 19, 2016 12:11 PM  

b Why the FUCK does he never talk about limiting immigration. He hasn't mentioned it for WEEKS! /b

Because the media has realized how much that message resonates with Americans. They are determined to hamper him in any way possible.

Anonymous Turner Ashby October 19, 2016 12:13 PM  

@10, Washington did select the site of Washington, D.C., but it didn't do him much good personally as it was not the capital when he was President.

Blogger Meredith Dixon October 19, 2016 12:17 PM  

@29, the government was already in Philadelphia at the time Washington was founded. The point of creating Washington was partly to have a city as near as might be to the middle of the country, and also specifically to create a city that would be beholden to no State. I'm sure Pennsylvania would have objected to losing Philadelphia.

Blogger Ransom Smith October 19, 2016 12:21 PM  

@32

I'm aware of the rational.

My issue, is that the Potomac was chosen largely due to Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, etc, all living near to that location. It wasn't central to the nation at the time. Philly was more so. And if you review, Maryland (little whimps that they are) cried like made when they lost land over it. They still cry to this day.

Anonymous Sam the Man October 19, 2016 12:23 PM  

At the Sam household there is a great deal of nervousness. G-D help us if Hillary gets elected.

Just watched a BBC show on the DDR, 1946 to 1990, a lot of what is going on with SJW occurred there as well. Parallels are creepy, especially with the corruption that ended up making the DDR a massive Ponzi scheme with the Party members at the top. Similar to what is occurring here except with a political/Banker-Investor class at the top.


If Trump gets in I can see him doing a lot to clean out the stables, all depend on him getting a good AG, replacing the FBI director with some one low enough in the organization to be clean and then letting him go to town.

Blogger Steve October 19, 2016 12:51 PM  

I think there already is something along those lines in place with military field grade and above...I know anyone over GS-15 has to have a 'cooling off' period before they can act as a contractor or consultant. There is a process for exemptions on a case-by-case basis, but it's pretty hard to get it through.

Blogger Josh (the gayest thing here) October 19, 2016 1:14 PM  

This is a good policy

Blogger Giraffe October 19, 2016 1:22 PM  

Should also ban family from lobbying. Like Tom Daschle's wife lobbying while he was in office.

Blogger Rusty Fife October 19, 2016 1:26 PM  

Ransom Smith wrote:At the time it was strategically located for ease of boat travel in the colonies. Southern states could come in the Chesapeake bay from the south and the Susquehanna river dumps into the same Bay but runs up into NY.

I get the rational. But Philadelphia is similarly suited on a major river and would have been an easier choice.


They didn't want to polute a functioning city with politicians.

Plus, this gave the Freemasons a blank canvas on which to paint their Hermetic voodoo. It's like Memphis (Egypt); a City for the Dead.

Blogger Feather Blade October 19, 2016 1:49 PM  

Ransom Smith wrote:@32

I'm aware of the rational.

My issue, is that the Potomac was chosen largely due to Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, etc, all living near to that location. It wasn't central to the nation at the time. Philly was more so. And if you review, Maryland (little whimps that they are) cried like made when they lost land over it. They still cry to this day.


Wasn't part of the reason that DC was in a lowland swamp which woudl discourage senators from setting up permanent residence there? So that they would have to occasionally see the people they were supposed to represent?

And then some bright spark installed air conditioning...

Blogger JV Small October 19, 2016 2:03 PM  

Johnny wrote:Government gone wild is what we have now.

One might also require that the higher ranking military officers and those involved in procurement not be allowed to accept money (employment or otherwise) from military contractors.


I wish it was just government gone wild. The problem isn't that it is just government gone wild, but Treasonous Government Gone Wild.

Blogger Raymus October 19, 2016 2:22 PM  

Why the FUCK does he never talk about limiting immigration. He hasn't mentioned it for WEEKS!

Watch his rally videos. He starts and let's the crowd take over. Masterful. As BGKB said, it's just not being reported.

OpenID jebkinnison.com October 19, 2016 2:27 PM  

The administrative state will be the hardest to uproot -- bureaucracies, almost uniformly Democrat-leaning, with no fear of being fired even if malfeasance results in death (see VA scandals.) Reform Civil Service, outlaw public employee unions. They are corrupting influences.

Anonymous BGKB October 19, 2016 2:46 PM  

I get the rational. But Philadelphia is similarly suited on a major river and would have been an easier choice.

The headwaters of the Susquehanna are farther north than the Delaware. The real question is how far they were navigate able by boat before the past 100+ years of improvements. Instead of riding by whores/carriage, floating downstream while someone else controls the boat was the easy 1st class way of travel back in the day. If they had sailing craft small enough to go under bridges the direction of the rivers would matter as the only way to sail into the wind is by zig-zaging. I recall that one of the big deals about the Nile river was that the prevailing winds went upstream making river transport easier.

Don't forget one of Washington's prize possessions was an ice cream machine, but he likely ate less ice cream during his lifetime than any of Latrina's 21 crack babies ate by age 10, in his day an ice cream machine would be like a Lamborghini today or an air conditioner 60 years ago.

Another thing to remember, they didn't have cars they could hop into to driving in STR8 lines on the interstate so travel time wise DC's location would have been more central. We think nothing today of driving over a mountain or thru a tunnel but their choices were horseback, carriage or boat, via whatever roads existed. Boats would have been the first class travel of the day, and could travel all day, horses can't. You might have ridden in a carriage in NYC or a Ren Fair but imagine ridding in one for 8 hours a day over unpaved roads.

I'm sure Pennsylvania would have objected to losing Philadelphia.

I think if the rest of the state had a choice they would give it away, same thing with Merryland+ Baltimore. If they both shed their territories to form a new state it would be called Gibbsmedat.

As BGKB said, it's just not being reported.

Crooked Eye Clinton's 911 collapse was covered as well as they are covering TRUMP's immigration plan now.

Blogger Lobo Util October 19, 2016 2:56 PM  

Abe Lincoln got into the US House and back out as quick as possible. In his day all the power was at the state level.

Here is how to get the power back to the state level.

1. Have 1 US Representative for every 35,000 people.
2. Have states appoint US Senators again. (Repeal the 17th amendment)

With 7,000 - 10,000 Representatives gerrymandering would be stupid. People would know they came to DC to serve and go back home. The Senate would once again be controlled by the STATE legislatures and there would be no Senate elections. They might even have the House meet distributed in every state capitol. Talk about returning power to the people.

http://thirty-thousand.org/ discusses some of the ideas.

Blogger DrAndroSF October 19, 2016 3:51 PM  

When I graciously accede to popular demand and write the new constitution for the new EuroAmerican Commonwealth that succeeds the defunct USA, one of the planks will forbid any relative of the Chief Executive, as well as any elected, appointed or civil service official, by blood or marriage, as far as the fourth degree of kindred, from holding any government job or acting as a lobbyist to it.

Blogger DrAndroSF October 19, 2016 3:52 PM  

And to @45, down to the third generation.

Blogger Alexander October 19, 2016 3:59 PM  

Have 1 US Representative for every 35,000 people.

We could solve the national debt by making it pay-per-view. If you think the googles we sent to Congress now are a riot, wait until you see Tyrone (D-College Park, GA) mixing it up!

Up until 1965, this may have been a legit fix. But the current population lacks the morality, the empathy, and the national awareness to succeed within a democratic framework.

Blogger Horatio Lust October 19, 2016 6:01 PM  

Term limits won't work. The only possible solution is to abolish the Civil Service, and government unions (SEIU)

Anonymous Eric the Red October 19, 2016 8:04 PM  

Limit the number of lawyers in extent in society, both practicing and non-practicing.

Quantity crowds out quality...

Currently the number of lawyers per capita US is about 1 in 245. Reduce and limit that ratio to 1 in 1000. The current glut of political lawfare and economic harassment would no longer be able to be litigated within a reasonable timespan, thus necessitating a reversion to either not initiate disputes in the first place and/or find traditional ways to settle them.

Of course, you're now thinking that the rich and powerful would then have carte blanche to just shit on the little people without fear of recourse. Oh, wait, that's exactly what we have now anyway, and the number of lawyers is not alleviating that situation, it's actually perversely contributing to it. Here's the key: when the rich and powerful attempt to play fast and loose with the little people, then the little people can do exactly the same to the rich and powerful. That kind of quid pro quo will eventually morph into a mutual respect in which neither side attempts to screw the other, and in which all parties must by necessity revert to and rely on traditional norms in order to keep the wheels of societal interaction running well with minimal friction.

Anonymous Eric the Red October 19, 2016 8:21 PM  

@3...
Changes in fiscal policy are not enough. Leftist were eager to jump on the monetarist bandwagon of the banksters. They think of it (if they think at all) as an inexhaustible font of magic money that can be thrown at failed leftist social programs forever. Until that entire policy is thrown out, the current economic charade will continue until debt deflation and/or leftism ultimately kills its host.

Anonymous Napoleon 12pdr October 19, 2016 8:51 PM  

Term limits are good, but Real Residency, requiring Congressmen to sleep 183 nights/year in their district, would be better. Right now, they move to DC, live there...and get sucked in.

As to the revolving door surtax, I like the idea. I would extend it to all flag officers and SES, possibly to all Federal employees. I'm OK with a 20-25% pay increase, or a return to what you were making before taking a Federal position (Rumsfeld and Gates both took a serious pay cut to be SECDEF). But the massive increases are merely delayed graft money.

Soft graft is the bane of the government these days.

Anonymous Mr. Rational October 20, 2016 3:31 AM  

Sam the Man wrote:If Trump gets in I can see him doing a lot to clean out the stables, all depend on him getting a good AG, replacing the FBI director with some one low enough in the organization to be clean and then letting him go to town.
J. Christian Adams for Dept. of Justice.  That, and make every last Black CRD employee work on death-penalty hate-crime prosecutions of Black murderers of Whites until they either quit or commit malfeasance sufficient for dismissal.  Get rid of every last AA hire, period.

jebkinnison.com wrote:The administrative state will be the hardest to uproot -- bureaucracies, almost uniformly Democrat-leaning, with no fear of being fired
First re-instate the civil service exam, then reorganize.  Eliminate all the previous positions and give ex-employees first pick at the new jobs... if they can pass the exam.  Bye-bye, AA hires.

BGKB wrote:I think if the rest of the state had a choice they would give it away, same thing with Merryland+ Baltimore
Before Cibil Rites and BRA, Baltimore was an asset.

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