The Bloated Deep State Benefits One Party
Mr. Young is right when he says we need changes in the bureaucracy. Consider the lack of transparency in salary and bonuses. OpentheBooks.com has reported that it filed a Freedom of Information Act request for salary information. The result was 254,839 federal salaries removed from the data. This is compared to 3,416 when they filed in 2016. In 2016 OpentheBooks.com found about $1.5 billion in incentive, recruitment, relocation, retention and performance bonuses. However, $1.1 billion was withheld from disclosure. The GAO reported in 2016 that federal employees were rated as 99.6% successful. Are we allowed to know how they are rated? No.
John F. Kennedy had it right when he said: "The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oathes, and to secret preceedings." The kind of secrecy that OpentheBooks.com has uncovered is destructive to a democracy.
— Michael P. Carter, Savannah, GA.
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