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Drain The Swamp, Mr. Trump

Mr. Trump should begin by disarming federal regulatory agencies: 53 non-military, non-law enforcement bureaus spent $335 million on military-style weapons.

The Environmental Protection Agency, Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Food and Drug Administration, Smithsonian Institution now armed with machine guns to deal with all you dangerous citizens who have puddles, prickly heat, cash payments, Guppies and Venus Fly Traps, Aspirin and look for Indian arrow heads,

There are 200,000 Federal officers with firearms and arrest authority in 67 Federal agencies compared to only 182,000 U.S. Marines. These agencies spent $1.48 billion on guns, ammunition and military equipment they should not be using. Were they to be Obama’s private army?

We should fire all EPA lawyers if it were a private law firm, it would be the 11th largest. The EPA employs more lawyers than scientists. Since 2008, the EPA spent $1.2 billion on salaries for lawyers. More money than on chemists, health scientists, ecologists, chemists, microbiologists, geologists, hydrologists, toxicologists, biologists and physical scientists. The EPA is defended by the Department of Justice in court.

End federal funds for sanctuary cities. They are now so great we cannot even get a total as it appears no one really knows. but the total could be $1 trillion! Issue an executive order telling all federal contractors they have to leave any city that ignores federal law. Money talks.

Cut funding for agency self-promotion. $1.5 billion per year is spent on PR campaigns designed to show taxpayers how to spend more taxpayer money so they can expand these bureaus. This a total waste on what is often waste.

Direct small business funds to small business instead of elsewhere. $14 billion in SBA financial transactions go to Wall Street bankers and boutique investment firms. $200 million is lent to private country clubs, golf clubs, beach clubs and tennis clubs; $142 million into ZIP code 90210, Beverly Hills, CA, and over a quarter billion to subdivisions of the Fortune 100.

Eliminate the Export-Import Bank. Pemex, leading government owned Mexican oil producer got $7.1 billion. The Boeing Company got $60 billion and in one transaction Boeing sold a billion dollars of airplanes to the state-owned airline of Angola a nation whose people are starving.

Stop Federal Funding the Ivy League. More than $30 billion in government payments, subsidies, special tax treatment, grants and public perquisites were made to the eight colleges of the Ivy League. With endowments averaging $2 million per undergraduate student and total assets $220 billion, the Ivy League has all the characteristics of a criminal enterprise.

Forty seven Ivy League administrators are paid over $1 million per year. For the last six years their schools received $19 billion in Federal funds while they charged $23 billion in tuition with no guarantees for jobs. In 2014, tax breaks on the endowments were $3.4 billion, $60,000 per student.

Accomplish VA reform: In the VA scandal when 1,000 sick veterans died waiting to see doctors. The VA added 40,000 new positions with only 3600 doctors. Waiting times are greater than ever; 500,000 sick veterans wait more than 30-days to see a doctor because, “…there aren’t enough doctors!” They increased hiring interior decorators, public relations officers, lawyers, and gardeners, but there may be a supply problem as medical schools always “…keep the club small.”

Examine federal employee pensions: Public employee retirement pensions are public information subject to open records law, but they are guarded by bureaus. How about Lois Lerner? It will take Trey Goudy to ferret her very lush retirement package. Two union bosses substitute taught for one-day in the Chicago public schools and qualified for a $1 million teacher pension, but were caught by OpenTheBooks.com investigators! If a private watch-dog group can do it Mr. Trump’s Federal investigators should be able to.

Nonetheless, the Obama Administration denied OpenTheBooks.com Freedom of Information Act request for the federal pensions claiming “a clear invasion of personal privacy.” Mr. Trump should open the books on federal pensions as he “…drains the swamp.”

Cut Federal funding to municipalities paying lavish salaries to public employees. “Local control” is long a conservative hallmark, but taxpayers in Maine shouldn’t have to subsidize outrageous compensation packages in California. Over 220,000 public employees in California are paid over $100,000 per year and will get 100% of salary in retirement! Now some California unions are trying to make their retirements inheritable assets which would pass them on in perpetuity!

Los Angeles County pays a harbor boat pilot $482,000 annually and $370.000 each per year for ten helicopter pilots, so cut an equal amount from their federal subsidies. In 2016, the Federal government sent Los Angeles County $1 billion in grants alone and they are a “sanctuary city!”

Mr. Trump’s work is cut out for him, but the American people will applaud and revere him for a long time if he gets this job done.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology. During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean's office. "You don't like the way we do things here?" was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion. After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover's books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962. While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series. For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on http://www.worldcat.org/search and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800. Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson's PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70's. His "Timing Waves to Enter The Sea" article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual. "UFO's, The Eye and the Camera" documents his "Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed." It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically. Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook's secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of "The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings," by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method. On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD. When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90's to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work. The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the "II" machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the "star" economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves. Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, "The Stock Surfer" was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at Amazon.com December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: http://CO2Au.blogspot.com and http://fuelfarm.i8.com -30-

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