Skip to comments.Federal Procurement System: Pigs and Makeup
Posted on 06/23/2018 8:26:00 AM PDT by Sean_Anthony
No matter how much makeup we put on the federal procurement system (pig), the underlying animal is still a pig
As I wrote this piece, the United States Air Force was sponsoring a conference on innovation. The meeting was held in Las Vegas and those attending were folks who can make a difference in the acquisition of war fighting material for our front line warriors. The reports I received on the meeting were encouraging, but I have horrible memories of countless meetings, conferences and consortia dealing with exactly the same set of issues I first encountered over 30 years ago when I was assigned for duty in the Pentagon. I suspect, however, that the bureaucracy, legal structure and influence of special interests probably pre-dated my first encounters with the Leviathan known as the federal acquisition system. Upon cursory investigation, one is struck by how little things have changed. In fact, one might advance the notion that things are much worse today.
As DEC went slowly, horribly, painfully out of business, the number and insanity of our meetings got ever larger.
Do you know how to have a perfect organization?
You fill it with perfect people.
The battle isnt with the policies and procedures.
The battle is with the hearts, minds and souls of the people.
Article I, Section 9, Clause 7: "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time."
"Congress is not empowered to tax for those purposes which are within the exclusive province of the States."Justice John Marshall, Gibbons v. Ogden, 1824.
Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors, shall all become wolves. It seems to be the law of our general nature. - Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Edward Carrington January 16, 1787)
"It is easier to get forgiveness than it is to receive permission." Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, U.S. Navy's Chips Ahoy magazine (July 1986)
"The smart crooks long ago figured out that getting themselves elected to federal office to make unconstitutional tax laws to fill their pockets is a much easier way to make a living than robbing banks." me
"Federal career lawmakers probably laugh all the way to the bank to deposit bribes for putting loopholes for the rich and corporations in tax appropriations laws, Congress actually not having the express constitutional authority to make most appropriations laws where domestic policy is concerned. Such laws are based on stolen state powers and uniquely associated stolen state revenues." me
Patriots, we need to support Pres. Trump in leading the states to repeal the ill-conceived 17th Amendment.
The 16th Amendment needs to disappear too.
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