Sapsuckers

On March 11, 2019, President Donald Trump released his budget request for fiscal year 2020. Under his proposal, the federal budget would be a record $4.746 trillion. The U.S. government estimates it will receive $3.645 trillion in revenue. That creates a $1.101 trillion deficit for October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020.

After studying polling data, Yale University law professor Peter Schuck concluded, “the public views the federal government as a chronically clumsy, ineffectual, bloated giant that cannot be counted upon to do the right thing, much less do it well.” It is a well-orchestrated system where corruption is rampant at all levels, from the federal government, the state and local governments, heck the corporations, all the way down to the average Americans where the elected goons are elected and selected from. Do unto “We the people” as long as you keep smiling.

The federal government spends almost $4.7 trillion every single year, yet couldn’t deliver on: 9-11, financial collapse of 2008, properly handling hurricane Katrina, preventing the Gulf oil spill, the Abu Ghraib prison abuse, Boston marathon bombing, shuttle Columbia disaster, I-35W bridge collapse, mine accidents, Fort Hood shooting, countless consumer products recalls, flu vaccine shortage, Navy Yard shooting, Enron bankruptcy, Madoff Ponzi scheme, Vioxx drug recall, countless food safety recalls, waterboarding, secret service misconduct, National security agency leaks, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas shooting, Las Vegas shooting, Fort Lauderdale airport shooting, Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Charleston S.C. shooting, Colorado movie theater shooting, Oklahoma bombing, Charlottesville Va, Pittsburgh synagogue, and so many more.

The following agencies were created to protect the people; however they are better known as catastrophic train wrecks at the cost of $4.7 trillion a year. These federal failures have become so common that they are less of a shock to the public than an expectation. It’s a welfare program designed for unscrupulous has-been lawyers (mostly) who have more gall than guts and ethics. Very few non-lawyers can squeeze into the system designed as a vast intricate labyrinth where money can change hands, be stolen or laundered with justifying legal excuses.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission was established in 1972 to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury that could occur during the use of consumer products. It was supposed to oversee consumer products not regulated by the FDA, such as toys, household chemicals, air fresheners, and child-resistant packaging. It was also supposed to regulate products containing hydrocarbons that can poison children, such as baby oils, body and hair oils, and makeup removers. Here is the nonsense: although the CPSC is an independent federal regulatory agency it does not have jurisdiction over all consumer products. The CPSC consists of five commissioners, each appointed by the President of the United States with the advice and consent of Congress. Safety standards for trucks, automobiles, and motorcycles are set by the U.S. Department of Transportation; standards for drugs and cosmetics are handled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and standards for alcohol, tobacco, and firearms fall under the authority of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Nevertheless, approximately 15,000 types of consumer products are regulated by the CPSC. The President’s fiscal year 2017 budget request for the Commission totals $130.5 million, a $5.5 million increase over enacted.

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Safety Inspection Service is supposed to maintain information on countries currently affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), and the National Organic Program, regarding agricultural products labeled as “organic.” Established in 1972, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is a relatively new Agency, but much of the important work that falls under its mission today has been the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for more than 100 years. It has been a fiasco because inspection is left entirely on the benevolence of the farmers. A sick animal is sold at auction rather than reported to APHIS which could request the whole herd be culled. No farmer wants to lose money on their livestock.

The Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, Trade Information Center and Bureau of Industry Security are responsible for additional information on exports, as well as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which handles patent and trademark registration. Patents and ideas are stolen on a daily basis without protection. The mission of the International Trade Administration (ITA) is to create prosperity by strengthening the international competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements. On April 18th, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the initiation of a new antidumping duty (AD) investigation to determine whether sodium sulfate anhydrous from Canada is being dumped in the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security handles the importing of products into this country and labeling to indicate an imported product’s country of origin. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of the U.S. federal government with responsibilities in national security. Its stated missions involve anti-terrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cyber security, and disaster prevention and management. It was created in response to the September 11 attacks and is the youngest U.S. cabinet department. In fiscal year 2017, it was allocated a net discretionary budget of $40.6 billion. DHS is better known for separating the families of dark skinned immigrants legally seeking asylum in the US and detaining their children in cages.
The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is in charge of anything regarding the safety of employees and the workplace environment. They used to visit and inspect employment places in the old days; nowadays, they are content to wait for an deadly accident to intervene. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited two contractors, PCL Construction Services Inc. and Universal Engineering Sciences, for safety violations after two employees suffered fatal injuries at a work site for the new JW Marriott Hotel in Orlando.

The Department of State is responsible for information on conducting business internationally. The United States Department of State (DOS), commonly referred to as the State Department, is the federal executive department that advises the President and conducts international relations; it was established in 1789 as the nation’s first executive department. The State Department’s duties include implementing the foreign policy of the US, operating the nation’s diplomatic missions abroad, negotiating treaties and agreements with foreign entities, and representing the United States at the United Nations. It is led by the Secretary of State, a member of the Cabinet who is nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. In addition to administering the department, the Secretary of State serves as the nation’s chief diplomat and representative abroad. The Secretary of State is the first Cabinet official in the order of precedence and in the presidential line of succession, after the vice-president of the US, speaker of the House of Representatives, and president pro tempore of the Senate.
The Department of Transportation takes care of shipping your products safely. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT or DOT) is a federal Cabinet department of the US government concerned with transportation. It was established by an act of Congress on October 15, 1966, and began operation on April 1, 1967. It is governed by the US Secretary of Transportation.
The Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, is responsible for alcohol permits, as well as Office of Foreign Assets Control, regarding economic and trade sanctions. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is responsible for enforcing and administering laws covering the production, use, and distribution of alcohol and tobacco products. TTB also collects excise taxes for firearms and ammunition. The ATF site claims to be a law enforcement agency in the United States’ Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. The ATF is famous for burning children alive in Waco, Texas.
The Environmental Protection Agency, is in charge of information on topics such as pesticides, waste, and recycling. The Environmental Protection Agency supposedly protects people and the environment from significant health risks, sponsors and conducts research, and develops and enforces environmental regulations. Their mission statement is as honest as: “We are sorry for your inconvenience”, “Your call is important to us”, “There are sexy singles in your area”, “Lose Weight Without Dieting or Exercise”.
Export.gov is a government resource for companies that are new to exporting. The International Trade Administration promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade at home and abroad through the rigorous enforcement of U.S. trade laws and agreements. It creates opportunities for U.S. firms by providing focused export assistance and market research, and fostering level playing fields for American business around the world. Directs efforts to promote the United States as the leading destination for foreign investment. Just ask the US meat industry.

The Federal Trade Commission handles anything regarding advertising, metric units for quantity of contents labeling, and “Made in U.S.A.” labeling. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is an independent agency of the US government, established in 1914 by the Federal Trade Commission Act. Its principal mission is the promotion of consumer protection and the elimination and prevention of anticompetitive business practices, such as coercive monopoly. We know how that works.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, deals with things regarding the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an American scientific agency within the US Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere. We know they have been doing a great job by the amount of trash in the oceans and waterways.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, handle information on workplace safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established by the Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970, which took effect in 1971. OSHA’s mission is to ensure that every working man and woman in the nation is employed under safe and healthful working conditions. Yeah, right.
The Securities and Exchange Commission, is responsible for laws relating to corporate structure. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is an independent federal government agency responsible for protecting investors, maintaining fair and orderly functioning of the securities markets, and facilitating capital formation. It was created by Congress in 1934 as the first federal regulator of the securities markets. The SEC promotes full public disclosure, protects investors against fraudulent and manipulative practices in the market, and monitors corporate takeover actions in the United States. Ask Bernie Madoff, American former market maker, investment advisor, financier, fraudster, and convicted felon, who is currently serving a federal prison sentence for offenses related to a massive Ponzi scheme. He is the former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, the confessed operator of the largest Ponzi scheme in world history, and the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. Prosecutors estimated the fraud to be worth $64.8 billion based on the amounts in the accounts of Madoff’s 4,800 clients as of November 30, 2008.

The Small Business Administration, handles information on starting a new business. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is a US government agency that provides support to entrepreneurs and small business. The mission of the Small Business Administration is “to maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters”. The agency’s activities are summarized as the “3 Cs” of capital, contracts and counseling.
Besides the Federal agencies listed above, states and local authorities, as well as counties, cities, and towns have their own health and consumer protection laws and agencies to enforce those laws. California, Florida, New Jersey, and Texas are particularly active in many of the same areas regulated by FDA.

FDA has entered into Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with a number of other entities in government, academia, and elsewhere to define lines of authority or responsibility or to clarify cooperative procedures. The intent of a MOU is to improve consumer protection through more effective use of collective resources and to eliminate duplication of activities.

(Sources: USA.gov/federal-agencies)

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