November 22, 2019

Rinse and Repeat: Trump’s Failure In Making Nominations

Finally, somebody else who seems a bit miffed at the idea that the Trump Administration if seriously falling down on the job in the President’s inability to make important nominations, including a director for the Fish and Wildlife Service.

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A year into his presidency, Donald Trump has not filled more than 600 important jobs in the executive branch and hasn’t nominated anyone for more than a third of those positions. These gaps at the upper levels of leadership threaten the immediate and future effectiveness of the federal government and could cause problems that will linger for years.

The director jobs at the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey have no nominees.<<<Read More>>>

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Nine Members of NPS Advisory Board Quit

*Editor’s Note* – Trump gets an “F” when it comes to making his nominations for key positions, especially with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, BLM and others. However, having 9 members of the National Park Service advisory board quit may not be such a bad thing. As a matter of fact, maybe it is time to disband this and other useless “advisory” boards because the purpose of their existence and the efforts they carry out are contrary to most everything American. For example, the NPS advisory board works directly and indirectly with certain programs within the United Nations to appoint certain parcels of land/historic sites for the purpose of a systematic ceding of control of such nominated lands (national monuments, parks, and historic sites) to the United Nations. I doubt this is what the majority of Americans want but I’m sure, due to their ignorance, they haven’t a clue about any of this.

BUT DON’T GO LOOK!

“Three-quarters of the members of a federally chartered board advising the National Park Service abruptly quit Monday night out of frustration that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had refused to meet with them or convene a single meeting last year.

The resignation of nine out of 12 National Park System Advisory Board members leaves the federal government without a functioning body to designate national historic or natural landmarks. It also underscores the extent to which federal advisory bodies have become marginalized under the Trump administration. In May 2017, Zinke suspended all outside committees while his staff reviewed their composition and work.”<<<Read More>>>

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Give Trump an “F” When It Comes to Department Head Nominations

It’s been one year since “Make America Great Again” took office in the White House. It’s been one year and the man has failed miserably in his ability to nominate a Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the head of the Bureau of Land Management.

Some may think these appointments (nominations) aren’t that significant. However, when we read the letter I posted earlier today about actions by the BLM that effectively caused the mistrial of Cliven Bundy and others, one has to wonder what kind of leadership exists or has existed in the department in the past.

Perhaps placing nominations to head the USFWS and the BLM are more important than an assistant to the deputy of the vice deputy to represent the powder puff convention?

Why the wait?

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If We’d Made The Investment, It Would Be Even Colder?

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Trump dramatically SHRINKS Bears Ears National Monument

  • President announced plans Monday in Utah to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments by nearly two-thirds after Obama expanded them
  • Trump plans to shrink Bears Ears National Monument by nearly 85 percent and reduce Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by almost half
  • Move is being called illegal by environmental groups and will be opposed by some, but not all, Native American groups
  • Trump said on his way out of Washington that his decision is a victory for ‘state’s rights’
  • A Navajo Democratic county commissioner told Trump’s audience that expanding the monuments had put her ancestral lands off-limits
  • Riot police dispersed protesters outside a Mormon charity food-distribution center as Trump spoke to church leaders inside<<<Read More>>>

Hopefully, the president will not stop here and will reduce or eliminate many more.

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Nine Months And Still No Director Appointed to Fish And Wildlife Service

Perhaps if Trump spent less time Tweeting and saying nasty things to and about people his administration could actually accomplish something. Perhaps the greatest presidency to offer lip service while accomplishing nothing, the Trump Administration, including his inept Secretary of Interior, have yet to even nominate a director for the Fish and Wildlife Service.

This guy would fit the bill and blend right in with the rest of Trump’s do-dunks.

Sorry Yogi. Didn’t intend to offend you by lumping you in with the rest of the Trump Administration.

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Sec. Zinke Fails the President About National Monument Review

“Instead of doing as asked, Secretary Zinke recommended decreasing the size of only four of the most blatantly illegal national monuments while leaving the boundaries of all the others standing with mollycoddle language, which will soon get stricken by environmentalists. Worse, he asked that the president do as Clinton and Obama did before him: that is, designate as national monuments federal lands that do not qualify under the Antiquities Act, including, in a surprisingly questionable case of special pleading, one in his home state of Montana. If President Trump does not heed his own pugnacious and not Zinke’s pusillanimous counsel, the matter will be up to the entity entrusted by the Constitution with management of federal lands: Congress. That is as it should be, but whether Congress is up to the task is doubtful, given not just the past nine months but the last 107 years.” <<<Read More>>>

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CEO Resignations From Trump Business Councils Reveal Leaders’ “True Colors”

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Liberal Grandstanding and Cronyism Seen as Undermining Efforts to Grow Economy, Create Jobs

Washington, DC – Recent CEO resignations from the Trump Administration’s business councils are being criticized by the nation’s leading conservative shareholder activists as being short-sighted and political.  The Free Enterprise Project  (FEP) says the resignations, which prompted the disbanding of the councils, highlight the political agendas that now guide corporate behavior and expose companies to increased pressure from radical activists.

FEP is a program of The National Center for Public Policy Research.  It has participated in over 100 corporate shareholder meetings since 2014.

“By fleeing President Trump’s advisory councils, these CEOs showed their true colors. CEOs such as Merck’s Kenneth Frazier, Intel’s Brian Krzanich and Disney’s Bob Iger – who left the advisory council in June – are well-known liberals and likely opposed to much of President Trump’s free enterprise agenda.  The events in Charlottesville are likely just a convenient excuse for them to leave, and they are making political statements rather than business decisions in doing so,” said National Center General Counsel and FEP Director Justin Danhof, Esq.  “Under eight years of President Obama’s policy of picking winners and losers and running the government as a crony statist regime, these corporate leaders became accustomed to working with Washington to set the rules to benefit their respective bottom lines and crowd out competition.  It’s not a coincidence that all of these companies have seen their stock prices drop since January.”

Danhof cited Merck’s Frazier in particular: “Under Frazier’s leadership, Merck has pushed and promoted ObamaCare to benefit its own bottom line even as the law’s market-distorting mechanisms cripple millions of Americans.  One of President Trump’s top priorities is to repeal and replace ObamaCare with a more patient-centric approach to health care.  It seems Frazier prefers the ObamaCare model that provides handouts to industry.  The American people deserve better, President Trump knows that and that had to be a point of contention between them.”

Horace Cooper, a member of the National Center’s board of directors who has represented FEP at shareholder meetings, called out CEOs for the obvious political nature of their resignations.  He said: “The decision by Kenneth Frazier and the others to resign from the White House’s American Manufacturing Council represents the triumph of politics over policy.  It is very disappointing when our nation’s corporate leaders have been given an opportunity to work with the federal government to encourage innovation and investment but instead appear more interested in political correctness.”

Cooper added: “These corporate executives represent the livelihoods of millions of Americans.  Their selfish decision to effectively become Antifa warriors means that the important issues of deregulation and tax reform – critical to job growth and improving household budgets – will be pushed to the back of the bus.  CEOs are hired to improve and expand their companies’ value and to provide needed services and products to consumers. Federal policy is critical to that effort. Abandoning this rare opportunity to work directly with the White House in order to pursue left-wing politics harms not only the corporations, but also the Americans – black, white and brown – who work for them and rely upon their products and services.”

Commenting on the intentions of the White House’s councils, Danhof noted: “President Trump deserves credit for trying to put together a group of business leaders that included CEOs from across the political spectrum. Whether in politics, academia or business, many liberal leaders are completely unwilling to listen to opposing points of view.  In the end, Trump’s efforts at bipartisan outreach were met with liberal grandstanding and defections that undermined the advisory councils’ goals.  He was left with no choice but to disband them.”

Danhof further pointed out: “Another element at play here is the power of corporate activism.  Liberal investment organizations have long recognized the power of shareholder engagement and the ability to influence corporate decision-makers.  From the get-go, all the CEOs appointed to President Trump’s advisory councils faced heavy pressure from leftist agitators to resign.  The CEOs who caved to this pressure – whether they used the events in Charlottesville or President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord as their excuse – may think they are appeasing the liberal mob.  They are not.  Because they have shown a willingness to do the left’s bidding, the activists will return asking for even a greater pound of flesh.”

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Hey! Donald Trump!

Maybe if you spent less time on Twitter, you’d do something productive like naming your choice as Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s been 5 months. WHAT THE HELL!

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Trump’s Paris Accord Pullout Applauded by Policy Experts

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Promise Kept to Protect Economy, Safeguard Jobs and Make America a Leader in Energy Production

National Center Provides Diverse Perspectives on Trump Action: Scientific, Regulatory, Business and from the African-American Community

Washington, DC – President Donald Trump’s decision to remove America from the Paris climate accord is being applauded by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a free-market think-tank which has – for over 25 years – actively opposed  anti-competitive regulations that damage the economy and deprive Americans of affordable energy.  National Center experts offering a wide array of perspectives on the issue are available to speak about how this action by the Trump Administration will benefit the nation.

“We applaud President Trump for having the courage to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.  It was a bad deal for the U.S. worker, a bad deal for U.S. industry, a bad deal for the environment and a bad deal for our system of government,” said National Center President David Ridenour, an environmental expert who has attended past United Nations meetings on climate regulation.  “Despite requiring a wrenching transformation of our economy that would cost millions of jobs, it would accomplish next to nothing even if you buy into all the dubious science upon which it is premised.  Trump made the right choice for the economy, the environment and for constitutional government.”

Ridenour’s full statement is available here.

“In fulfilling his campaign promise to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, President Trump has struck a blow for millions of Americans whose livelihoods depend on having ready access to affordable and reliable energy,” said National Center Senior Fellow Bonner Cohen, Ph.D., an expert in regulatory and energy issues.  “By targeting our use of fossil fuels under the wholly specious claim of protecting the climate, the Paris accord was specifically designed to shackle the U.S. economy.  Elites here and abroad see our recent emergence as a global energy powerhouse as a threat to their ability to micromanage our lives through transnational agreements and regulations imposed by Washington bureaucrats.  With one mighty stroke, President Trump stood up for those who have had no voice for too long.”

Trump fixed an Obama error.  In honoring his commitment to cancel America’s participation in the Paris climate accord, Trump is helping save an estimated 6.5 million jobs and $3 trillion in our national economy,” said Stacy Washington, co-chairman of the National Center’s Project 21 black leadership network.  “The Paris climate accord is unfair and unworkable.  While America bears a severe financial burden, countries that pollute as a matter of course such as China are not required to reduce emissions until 2030.  This detail alone calls into question the benefit of agreeing to what amounts to the utter destruction of our coal industry.  Thank God President Trump said no.”

Earlier this week, Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper criticized the Paris climate accord earlier this week on the RT network’s “The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann.”   Cooper noted: “The very same studies that were claiming alarmist predictions say that the Paris treaty doesn’t make that much of a difference, and that those same alarmist outcomes are going to occur.”

“President Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate accord is a victory for the free market and a defeat for rent-seeking corporations,” noted Justin Danhof, Esq., the National Center’s general counsel and director of its Free Enterprise Project  (FEP).  “Many corporate leaders became accustomed to the Obama leadership style of selecting winners and losers.  In the energy market, Obama rewarded certain green energy providers and users with lavish taxpayer subsidies.  It proved detrimental to the American people, especially low-income Americans paying more of their incomes for energy. Appeals by corporate leaders from companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook and Salesforce to remain in the accord were likely in hopes of keeping this taxpayer-funded gravy train rolling.  President Trump showed real leadership, signaling that the corporate welfare state that flourished during the past eight years may be a thing of the past.”

FEP has challenged corporate leaders at companies such as Apple, Google (now Alphabet Inc.) and Exelon at shareholder meetings about the sustainability of their support for risky regulatory regimes and alternative energy schemes.

 The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.  Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations.  It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 60,000 active recent contributors.  Sign up for email updates here .  Follow us on Twitter at @NationalCenter for general announcements.  To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by National Center staff, follow our media appearances Twitter account at @NCPPRMedia.

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