My, how things have changed.

In the beginning, the states pretty much ruled themselves.  They were like their own separate, little, “countries.” 

But they were connected to each other, physically, economically, and ideologically.   

They recognized the value of banding together for protection internationally and the value of being able to deal with other countries as a single, united, entity.  

So, the states created The Constitution to spell out how this collection of states would function under a single federal government umbrella.

They had no idea how immense and all-encompassing and all-controlling that federal “umbrella” would become.   

Lenore T. Adkins, for the “ShareAmerica” website, writes, ‘“We do need a State Department. We do need a Department of Defense,’ says Karla Jones, director of international relations and federalism at the American Legislative Exchange Council, referring to the federal entities responsible for implementing the country’s foreign and defense policies.”

“The U.S. relies on a system called ‘federalism:’ Powers not granted to the federal government are reserved for the states and the people. It’s an important concept to understand because citizens encounter different levels of government daily, but in several ways.”

It’s also important to recognize that the federal government seems to be expanding its “powers,” and encroaching on states’ rights more and more all the time.

So, what does the federal government do?

Better said, what does the federal government do that we and the states have allowed it to do?

“Only the federal government can regulate interstate and foreign commerce, declare war and set taxing, spending and other national policies.”

But the federal government has accumulated power exponentially over the years.  Power that it was never intended to have.

Let’s take a look at our federal government and how grotesquely “obese” it has become.

Here is a list of the major departments that the federal government is broken into, along with their number of employees, their annual budgets, how many subsidiaries they have and some of the highlights of what they do: 

Department of State

Employees: 69,000

Budget: $52.404 billion

Includes 62 different offices and bureaus, including the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs, the Office of Civil Rights, the Office of Global Women’s Issues, and the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.   

Department of the Treasury

Employees: 86,049

Budget: $20 billion

Includes 17 different offices and bureaus, including the IRS and the federal mints. 

Department of Defense

Employees: 2.86 million     

Budget: $721.5 billion

Includes 23 different agencies and departments, including the Army, Navy and Air Force, and also the National Security Agency.

Department of Justice

Employees: 113,543

Budget: $29.9 billion

Includes 47 different offices and bureaus, including the Office of the Attorney General, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The department is also responsible for running the federal prison system.

Department of the Interior

Employees: 70,003

Budget: $20.7 billion

Includes 62 different offices and bureaus, including the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the National Parks Service, the Office of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Land Management.  NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) technically falls under the Department of the Interior, although it is an independent agency of the U.S. Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and space research.

Department of Agriculture

Employees: 105,778

Budget: $155 billion

Includes 20 different offices and agencies, including the Farm Service Agency, the Food Safety and Inspection Service, and the United States Forest Service. 

Department of Commerce

Employees: 43,880

Budget: $9.67 billion

Includes 16 different bureaus and services, including the International Trade Administration, the Bureau of the Census, the Patent and Trademark Office, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Weather Service.

Department of Labor

Employees: 17,450

Budget: $12.1 billion

Includes 30 different offices and administrations, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, and Job Corps.

Department of Health and Human Services

Employees: 79,540

Budget: $1.286 trillion

Includes 22 different centers, offices and agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Employees: 8,416

Budget: $32.6 billion

Includes 11 different offices, including the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (HUD).

Department of Transportation

Employees: 58,622

Budget: $75.1 billion

Includes 11 different offices and administrations, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Department of Energy

Employees: 12,944

Budget: $27.9 billion

Includes 12 different offices, administrations and programs, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response program, and the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program.

Department of Education

Employees: 3,912

Budget: $68 billion

Includes 19 different offices, boards and councils, including the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, the National Assessment Governing Board, the Office of Federal Student Aid, and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Department of Veterans Affairs

Employees: 383,040

Budget: $180 billion

Includes 5 different administrations and offices, including the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, the National Cemetery Administration, and the Veteran Employment Services Office.

Department of Homeland Security

Employees: 229,000

Budget: $51.672 billion

Includes 15 different agencies and offices, including the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Secret Service. 

Then we spend over $8 billion dollars to fund and operate Congress and the Senate per year.  This is for 535 members of Congress and staff members of over 13,000.

We also spend over $7 billion to fund the federal Judiciary per year.  The federal judiciary has over 30,000 employees.

Lastly, we have expenses for The White House, The White House staff (377) and for The President and The Vice-President, which run around $100 million annually.

That’s a total of:

372 different agencies, offices, bureaus, programs and administrations…,

Representing 4,185,091 (that’s over 4 million) total employees and elected officials…,

At a total cost of $2.867 trillion (that $8,600 annually for every man, woman and child).  Now think about how many people don’t pay federal income tax.  That $8,600 goes up pretty quick for the rest of us.

Wow.  Those are some staggering numbers!

And that’s just to support our federal government’s operations. 

We’re not even talking about how much we pay to fund our state and local governments as well!

Remember, these are only the federal government’s costs of doing business.

This does not include the taxes collected and then redistributed back to the American people [and people here illegally] monetarily, or in some other form of value, like infrastructure, housing, etc.  

Please note:  In American public finance, discretionary spending is government spending implemented through an appropriations bill. This spending is an optional part of fiscal policy, in contrast to entitlement programs (non-discretionary) for which funding is mandatory and determined by the number of eligible recipients.

Please be aware that there were only three original departments created back in 1789, the State Department, the Treasury Department, and the War Department, which evolved into the Department of Defense.   

All of the other departments were created at much later dates.

The Department of the Interior was created in 1849, followed by the Department of Agriculture in 1862.

Next was the Department of Justice in 1870, followed by the Department of Labor in 1913.  

1913 was also the first year for federal income tax as we know it.  We’ll talk more about taxes later.

In 1937 the Department of commerce was created, followed by the Department of Health and Human Services in 1953.  

After this is when the federal government really started to balloon.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development was created in 1965.

The Department of Transportation was created in 1967.

Department of Energy in 1977.

Department of Education in 1979.

Department of Veteran’s Affairs in 1989.

And the Department of Homeland Security in 2002.    

I mentioned earlier we’d get to talking about taxes…, well, here we are.

Here is the history of federal taxes:

In order to help pay for its war effort in the American Civil War, Congress imposed its first personal income tax in 1861.  It was part of the Revenue Act of 1861 (3% of all incomes over $800, rescinded in 1872). Congress also enacted the Revenue Act of 1862, which levied a 3% tax on incomes above $600, rising to 5% for incomes above $10,000. Rates were raised in 1864. This income tax was then repealed in 1872.

So, at this point, we’re back to no federal income taxes.

Forty-one years later, the 16th Amendment was ratified in 1913, which states:

“The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

So, now the taxation gravy train was off and running!

Congress then enacted an income tax in October 1913 as part of the Revenue Act of 1913, levying a 1% tax on net personal incomes above $3,000, with a 6% surtax on incomes above $500,000.

By 1918, the top rate of the income tax was increased to 77% (on income over $1,000,000, equivalent of $16,717,815 in 2018 dollars to finance World War I. The average rate for the rich however, was 15%.

During World War II, Congress introduced payroll withholding and quarterly tax payments.

A comedic representation by Clifford K. Berryman of the debate to introduce a sales tax in the United States in 1933 and end the income tax.

I have personally argued my support of a a national sales tax (or a consumption tax) as opposed to a federal income tax. Please see my prior blogs on this subject.

At first, the income tax was incrementally expanded by Congress, and then inflation automatically raised most persons into tax brackets formerly reserved for the wealthy until income tax brackets were adjusted for inflation. Income tax now applies to almost two-thirds of the population. The lowest-earning workers, especially those with dependents, pay no income taxes as a group and actually get a small subsidy from the federal government because of child credits and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

While the government was originally funded via tariffs upon imported goods, tariffs now represent only a minor portion of federal revenues.

In the 1930s, the New Deal introduced Social Security to rectify the first three problems (retirement, injury-induced disability, or congenital disability). It introduced the FICA tax as the means to pay for Social Security.

In the 1960s, Medicare was introduced to rectify the fourth problem (health care for the elderly). The FICA tax was increased in order to pay for this expense.

The total federal budget for 2020 is $4.79 trillion, but we ALWAYS spend more than what we budget. That’s why our federal deficit is in the neighborhood of $26 trillion right now…, but that’s another blog for another day.

Remember I mentioned there are over 4 million total employees and elected officials employed by the federal government…, and more than half of these politicians and bureaucrats live in Washington DC and the surrounding areas of Maryland and northern Virginia.

These areas see a consistent voter registration rate of 90-95% democrat and only 5% republican.

When you hear the term “deep state,” this is what they’re referring to. 

A bureaucratic workforce that is loyal to the democrat party, regardless of who the American people choose to run the country.

The “deep state” is into self-preservation and expanding itself (bigger government).  That is why they have hitched their wagon to the democrat party, and why you can always expect the democrats to pretend to solve any issue by throwing more government, and more of our money, at it.     

“Here endeth the lesson,” as Sean Connery said, when he played a Gman in “The Untouchables.” 

That’s when being a Gman was still an honorable profession!

RIP Sean Connery.

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The FBI and DOJ “chickens” are coming home to roost.

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Yes folks…, we’ve all heard of a chicken coop.  What we have here is a chicken coup!

A “coup d’état” that is!

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I have written many blogs dealing with “the swamp” and “the deep state…,” but the extent of this unholy cabal, as I am coming to understand it, is far worse than I could have ever imagined.

More concerning is the fact that “the deep state” isn’t all that deep, or hidden.  It turns out “the deep state” is really those bureaucrats, and it’s the majority of them, aligned with the democrat party.  That’s all.

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The FBI is full of these treasonous rats.

So is the DOJ.

So is the whole, federal, bureaucratic mess.

It’s absolutely disgusting.

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The process of “draining the swamp” is no small task.

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We witnessed a long parade of “swamp rats” trotted out during the fraudulent impeachment circus.

People often wonder how the German people capitulated to the horrible whims of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

Well, here you go.

First you have to assemble a group of like-minded people to help you carry out your plans and help to steer the corrupt “ship of state.”

These directors make and enforce “the rules.”  Their followers are “the tools” and the rest are “the fools.”

For the Nazi Party it was people like Heinrich Himmler (SS Commander), Hermann Göring (Hitler’s righthand man and chosen successor), Joseph Goebbels (News media propaganda Minister), Martin Bormann (Hitler’s Chief of Staff), and the list goes on.

For today’s Democrat Party, those people would equate to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, James Comey, James Brennan, James Clapper, Eric Holder, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Christopher Wray, Rod Rosenstein, Peter Strzok, et al.

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If you don’t go along with their way of thinking, you are attacked by the media and labeled a traitor, a racist, a sexist, an idiot, etc.

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You may then be harassed by an arm of “their government” and potentially framed, ruined financially by “their government,” and even possibly imprisoned, ala exactly what has happened to General Flynn, along with many others in the democrats’ attempt to take down President Trump.

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According to Charles Creitz of Fox News, “Sean Hannity opened Wednesday’s edition of [his nightly show] ‘Hannity’ by declaring that former National Security Adviser [General] Michael Flynn was ‘unfairly and unjustly targeted by deep state bureaucrats’ after a bombshell [collection] of documents was unsealed in the case.”

My first questions would be why were these documents sealed and who sealed them in the first place?

Who had access to them?

Who had access to them, and undoubtedly knew they exonerated General Flynn, and did nothing?

Who had access to them, and undoubtedly knew they exonerated General Flynn. while unmasking the FBI and the DOJ as renegade and treasonous’ “deep state” entities, and did nothing?

“The Justice Department turned over the documents just this week, even though a February 2018 standing order in the case from United States District Court for the District of Columbia Emmet Sullivan required the government to turn over any exculpatory materials in its possession that pertained to Flynn. Fox News is told even more exculpatory documents are forthcoming, as Attorney General Bill Barr continues to oversee the DOJ’s investigation into the handling of the Flynn case,” according to Gregg Re.

What was the DOJ and William Barr waiting for? That standing order to turn over documents dates back over two years ago!

Two years ago!

I would expect this type of indifference regarding the law from the Clintons…, but The Department of Justice?!

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That’s why the jury is still currently out on Attorney General William and his underlings.

We’ll see about him and his quite shortly, and what their true colors are.

Our current FBI Director Christopher Wray is another story, however.

There can be no doubt that Christopher Wray has played a part in the effort to cover-up all of the FBI’s treasonous activities…, thus making him a treasonous co-conspirator in all of this.

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‘“Corrupt agents from Jim Comey’s FBI were discussing strategies on how to set General Flynn up on what we call a perjury trap,’ Hannity said, later adding, ‘truth be told, it was an ambush. It was an illegal, abuse of power, corrupt ambush.’”

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‘“According to one handwritten note, an unnamed agent asked, “Well, what is our goal here? … Is it truth, admission or to get him to lie?” To get him to lie, is that our goal? So we can prosecute him or get him fired? Is that the FBI’s role?’ the host continued.”

Gregg Re of Fox News reports that, “The handwritten notes — written by the FBI’s former head of counterintelligence Bill Priestap after a meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Fox News is told — further suggested that agents planned in the alternative to get Flynn ‘to admit to breaking the Logan Act’ when he spoke to then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition period.”

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“The handwritten notes are devastating evidence of an effort to disregard all standing protocols and rules, Sidney Powell said.”

“Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley called the document’s implications ‘chilling.’”

Charles Creitz continues, ‘“Ultimately that perjury trap was not a success,’ Hannity went on. ‘Agents saw no indication at all that the national security adviser was lying. They didn’t believe he was lying. They said they didn’t believe he was lying.’”

“Nevertheless, the host claimed, then-FBI Director James Comey tried to ‘exploit the chaos’ inside the then-transitioning Trump White House team to get to Flynn, which Hannity added was something Comey would never do to Barack Obama or George W. Bush.”

“Hannity went on to claim that Comey, thus emboldened, ‘turned the screws’ on Flynn by threatening to lock him up and then threatening to prosecute his son, Michael Flynn, Jr.”

‘“They were hell-bent on punishing anyone and everyone inside the Trump administration,’ he said.”

Former President Barack Obama’s name rarely surfaces in all of these discussions about treason and crimes at the highest levels, but his name should be raised and he should be held accountable as well.

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Gregg Re reminds us that, “Former President Obama personally had warned the Trump administration against hiring Flynn, and made clear he was ‘not a fan,’ according to multiple officials. Obama fired Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014.”

So, President Obama told President Trump he wasn’t “a fan” of General Flynn, huh?

No wonder why President Trump brought Flynn on board!

“One of Flynn’s interviewing agents was Peter Strzok, who has since been fired from the bureau after his anti-Trump text messages [with Lisa Page] came to light.”

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“Flynn has sought to withdraw his guilty plea and has been seeking exoneration, saying the FBI engaged in ‘egregious misconduct.’ Flynn, who has said more recently that he did not lie to the FBI, pleaded guilty in late 2017 as mounting legal fees pushed him to sell his home.”

“Flynn has since obtained new counsel — and his old attorneys, it emerged this week, then failed to turn over thousands of documents to his new lawyer, Sidney Powell. Powell has maintained that Flynn’s old lawyers at Covington & Burling had conflicts of interest and were otherwise ineffective, including by not focusing on Strzok’s evident bias.”

Flynn’s “old attorneys,” Covington and Burling LLP, were obviously wolves in sheep’s clothing, as far as Flynn’s defense was concerned.  With “friends” like that, who needs enemies?  Covington and Burling LLP were undoubtedly deep state “tools” in this case, and they should be disbarred, honestly.

Sara Carter also brought to light that, “Last week, another batch of documents withheld by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Flynn was turned over to his defense that allegedly reveals that the retired three-star general did not commit any crimes, as suggested by Department of Justice prosecutors.”

Well, there’s NO doubt that Mueller and his team are another collection of “tools.”

‘“It’s just absolutely appalling what these agents, and then special counsel operatives, did to General Flynn,’ Powell told Fox News’ ‘Hannity’ on Wednesday night. ‘It’s abuse of their authority at every turn.’”

“[Andrew] McCabe, who has admitted to lying to FBI investigators in a leak investigation, was fired for multiple violations of the FBI’s ethics code.”

“He has not faced any criminal charges.”

Next time you’re interviewed by the FBI, try lying to them and sees what happens to you.

“The Flynn revelations come as the Justice Department separately has revealed that the FBI’s investigation into former Trump aide Carter Page was riddled with fatal errors — and even featured an ex-FBI attorney deliberately doctoring an email from the CIA to make it seem as though Page’s Russian contacts were nefarious.”

“In fact, Carter Page was an informant to the CIA about those contacts — a key detail the FBI omitted when it told the surveillance court about Page’s overseas trips.”

“For his part, after years of legal setbacks and sustained attacks on his patriotism, Flynn took a moment to savor the day’s news on social media. He tweeted a video late Wednesday showing a slow pan to a waving American flag, with no audio but the wind.”

In case you’re not really too familiar with General Flynn…, here’s a little bit about him.

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Michael Flynn was born December 24, 1958, on Christmas Eve!  He is a retired United States Army Lieutenant General (3 star general) who was briefly the National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump.

General Flynn’s military career included a key role in shaping U.S. counter-terrorism strategy and dismantling insurgent networks in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He served as the 18th Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, serving from July 2012 until his retirement from the military in August 2014. He became a senior advisor to Trump during his presidential campaign and served as the National Security Advisor from January 23 to February 13, 2017.

General Flynn was preceded as the National Security Advisor by the ever “swampy” Susan “I never met a lie too big to tell” Rice.

Flynn resigned after information surfaced that he had [allegedly] misled the FBI and Vice President Mike Pence about the nature and content of his communications with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

Flynn was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in military intelligence in 1981. His military assignments included multiple tours at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the 82nd Airborne Division and Joint Special Operations Command. He also served with the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii, at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and the Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

Flynn served as the director of intelligence at the Joint Task Force in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and the Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom).

General Flynn was asked in February 2016 to serve as an adviser to the Trump campaign.

As one of the keynote speakers during the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, Flynn gave what the Los Angeles Times described as a “fiery” speech, in which he stated: “We are tired of Obama’s empty speeches and his misguided rhetoric. This has caused the world to have no respect for America’s word, nor does it fear our might.” He accused Obama of enabling the Islamic State at the time.  Flynn went on to criticize political correctness and joined the crowd in a chant of “U-S-A! U-S-A!”

During the speech, Flynn launched a blistering attack on Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton. He led the crowd in chants of “Lock her up!”  He called for Clinton to withdraw from the race, saying that “if I did a tenth of what she did, I’d be in jail today.” He repeated in subsequent interviews that she should be “locked up.”

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The Washington Post has predictably come to “the swamp’s” defense and declared, “No, Michael Flynn wasn’t ‘set up,’” in an opinion piece by Randall D. Eliason.

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And who is Randall Eliason?

According to his bio at American University, in Washington D.C., where he is currently an adjunct professor, Eliason spent over 20 years as an Assistant United States Attorney and as a Chief of that section, for the District of Columbia.

Interestingly enough, Eliason is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hmmm.

He is also a frequent media commentator on PBS, NBC, NPR, CNN and MSNBC.

Can anyone say “liberal propaganda, fake news?”

Basically, Eliason can be classified as “a tool.”

So, what’s the bottom line here?

The bottom line here is that the Obama administration, the FBI and the DOJ took the law into their own hands in an attempt to break General Flynn as a part of their effort to undo the 2016 election and Donald Trump’s presidency.

Like I said before…, the absolute bottom line here is treason against The United States of America and the American people…, and if nobody goes to jail for any of this, then “the deep state” are really the ones running the show, and our country is in serious trouble.

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