Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Der Kommissar's in town, uh-oh

Don't turn around, uh-oh
Der Kommissar's in town, uh-oh
"Der Kommissar" - AFTER THE FIRE

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 — President Bush has signed a directive that gives the White House much greater control over the rules and policy statements that the government develops to protect public health, safety, the environment, civil rights and privacy.

In an executive order published last week in the Federal Register, Mr. Bush said that each agency must have a regulatory policy office run by a political appointee, to supervise the development of rules and documents providing guidance to regulated industries. The White House will thus have a gatekeeper in each agency to analyze the costs and the benefits of new rules and to make sure the agencies carry out the president’s priorities.

New York Times 30 Jan 07

Has it come to this? Every government agency to have a political commissar to enforce W's will? Didn't he already fire everyone who disagreed with him?

Stalin was gripped by paranoia, and he was merciless to his enemies real and imagined.
In 1937, Stalin’s attention turned to the Red Army. Within a few months, most of the Officers from major on up were executed or sent to Siberia. Stalin had cut off the head of his own dragon just as he needed it most. Some 20,000 officers were killed, and fear gripped the survivors. A third of the Red Army command was dead by the own country’s hand. The consequence was that no officer moved was made without explicit instructions. Stalin even moved to remove rank and insignia. Every unit had a political officer who would monitor the soldiers for loyalty to Stalin.
Paralyzed by fear and conflicting political directives, they would simply sit and wait for direction.

World War II Database

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