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  •  I always wonder if the president or (3+ / 0-)
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    former presidents (when they were in office) were/are aware of any of these abuses or is it just a sign that no one can control what's happening in our government these days. Is the government just so huge with department heads barely controlling their fiefdoms, that they can't hear the screams of us, the ants, that are getting crushed by the machine that we helped build?

    •  This is one of Obama's obsessions. (4+ / 0-)
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      From Jonathan Alter's The Promise: President Obama, Year One:

      Obama had one pet peeve that could make him lose his cool.  It was a common source of anger for presidents: leaks.  Complains about loose lips became a constant theme of Obama’s early presidency.  At his first Cabinet meeting he made a point of saying that he didn’t want to see his Cabinet “litigating” policy through the New York Times and the Washington Post.  At a Blair House retreat for the Cabinet and senior staff at the end of July [2009] he devoted about a quarter of his comments to urging his people to keep their disagreements within the family: “We should be having these debates on the inside, not the outside.”  And during his twenty hours of deliberations over Afghanistan in the fall, he returned repeatedly to the theme.  Naturally in Washington nearly every time he got upset about leaks it leaked.

      For all his claims that he didn’t want yes-men around him, no one on his staff was brave enough to tell the president that obsessing over leaks was a colossal waste of time.  (Aides should have recognized that the age-old problem in Washington isn’t managing leaks, but managing the president’s fury over them.)  But it wouldn’t have mattered: leaks offended Obama’s sense of discipline and reminded him of everything he disliked about the capital.  He was fearsome on the subject, which seemed to bring out his controlling nature to an even greater degree than usual.

      The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

      by lysias on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 09:00:29 AM PDT

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    •  It's very much controlled (1+ / 0-)
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      Top officials will always try to convince the public that they didn't know what was going on or it was "a few bad apples."  But, based on my own 13 years experience at a very corrupt government agency and talks with whistleblowers at other agencies, it's clear that most of the retaliation occurs with the approval of top management and typically is instigated and directed by top management.  That clearly was the case in my own experience and I have correspondence signed by top officials to prove it.

      Speak the truth, but ride a fast horse.

      by Deep Harm on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 11:01:29 AM PDT

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