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RUSH: Yesterday on this program, in reporting the absolute collapse of the energy sector in energy colossus Venezuela I said to you people that I keep an eye on Venezuela because that’s where we’re headed. Get this. The Obama administration intends to purge Republicans from the civil service retroactive to five years ago starting in the year 2010. I found this at RedState.com: ‘Via Instapundit comes word that the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to purge the federal government of Republican civil servants all in the name of purifying the federal bureaucracy.’ I’ve got the copy of the Office of Personnel Management memo right here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. I will explain how this works later on in the program, but I just wanted to get this out there.

Here’s the relevant paragraph from here John Berry, who is the director of the Office of Personnel Management: ‘Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. OPM will review these proposed appointments to ensure they comply with merit system principles and applicable civil service laws. I have delegated decision making authority over these matters to career Senior Executives at OPM to avoid any hint of political influence.’

‘The memorandum goes on to apply this change to civil servants who were political appointees in the last five years, in effect freezing these employees out of other positions, denying them promotions, and forcing them out of their jobs.’ This is what Marxists do. This is a purge. This is typical of Marxist regimes, totalitarian regimes. I’ll tell you what. I hope the next Republican administration learns this lesson, because there are going to be thousands of Maoists sleazing their way into the bureaucracy after whatever number of years that Obama is in the White House. The bureaucracy is being polluted with these people. And just as the Democrats and Obama are going to purge all Republicans from the civil service, you know, some people might say, ‘Well, you have a class-action suit on this.’ I don’t know. Let’s see if Chuck Schumer looks into this. He was very, very, very concerned, wanted to investigate the firing of the US attorneys, and they wanted to frog march Karl Rove out of the White House and into jail for being a part of this. So let’s just see if Chuck Schumer is interested in investigating this. I’m not making it up. RedState.com, Erick Erickson has the post via Instapundit and the interpretation of this is clear. That’s why I’ll keep an eye on Venezuela. I’ll keep an eye on totalitarian regimes, because this is a purge, to purify the federal government.

The way things work, let me just stick with this now. It is a typical Washington process that many political appointees are able to take jobs within the civil service once their political appointment expires, usually at the conclusion of one administration. You got career bureaucrats, you got political appointees. So Bush appointed lots and lots of people to the federal bureaucracy. All presidents do. What often happens as well as this is that congressional staffers before an election or shortly thereafter will move over to the executive branch, placed into civil service in effect by appointment. So, for example, when Bush became president in 2001, a number of Clinton political appointees became civil service employees, and as a result they became subject to civil service hiring and firing rules, which meant that they could no longer be replaced simply for having been a Democrat appointee, and that is what Obama is changing. He intends to purge all Republicans from the federal bureaucracy retroactive to five years ago under these new rules. And the new rules are made retroactive for five years. So that’s what is happening.

You remember, Bush, as an aspect of the new tone, did not get rid of any of these Clinton people. He left them in high places at the CIA and the FBI and the State Department, Pentagon, left a lot of them there to show that, hey, I’m here and we’re going to put this country back together again, we’re not going to get rid of my political enemies and of course he paid a huge price for it because those people continued — you get rid of political appointees all the time, folks, but you do it on the spot. Obama’s rules change here is to make it five years retroactive, and the sole purpose of this is to clear out any Republican, any conservative appointee and make this bureaucracy 100% Obama. It’s a takeover, add the czars to this, the unconstitutionality of the czars, the rules change here and the purging of Republicans, and this is the kind of stuff that happened in the Soviet Union. This is the kind of stuff that Hugo Chavez is doing and has done.

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