Donald Trump’s drive to purge his administration, its federal agencies and bureaus from all things Obama continues to roll on.
On March 13th he issued an executive order demanding a “plan to reorganize governmental functions and eliminate unnecessary agencies.” The goal of that plan is to put the federal government on a diet. That diet will inevitably mean that federal agencies reduce costs. The number one cost for most large organizations? Payroll.
One of Trump’s biggest hachet men is Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Once confirmed to his new post by the Senate, Sessions wasted no time getting the purge started by abruptly firing all remaining Obama-appointed prosecutors, 46 in all. Those aren’t the only pink slips AG Sessions is handing out.
On Monday Sessions said ‘adios’ to the National Commission on Forensic Science. What’s that you may be wondering? Bizpac Review describes the events this way:
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions officially ended the partnership Monday between the Department of Justice and a group of independent advisors tasked with recommending uniform forensic science standards nationwide.
Sessions will not renew the National Commission on Forensic Science, a panel of scientists, judges, crime lab managers and lawyers created by former President Barack Obama in 2013, he announced in a statement.
…The changes are part of a larger shifting of DOJ priorities under the so-called Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, which has modified or reversed several criminal justice initiatives started by the Obama administration. Last week, Sessions announced that DOJ would review the use of consent decrees, negotiated by his predecessors, that implement stricter oversight of local police departments by the federal government.
“Local control and local accountability are necessary for effective policing,” Sessions said. “It is not the responsibility of the federal government to manage non-federal law enforcement agencies.”
That final sentence says it all and effectively sums the difference between Barack Obama and other big-government, centralized-control advocates versus those who believe in local/states-rights and a people’s ability to govern themselves.
Obama’s push for massive government and top-down control of the citizenry combined with he and Attorneys General Eric Holder and successor Loretta Lynch’s relentless push for ‘social justice’ in our law enforcement and legal system resulted in this commission and its attempt to manage local courts and law enforcement. The National Commission on Forensic Science was established by Obama to set uniform standards for forensic testimony, but forensics is not uniform.
For instance; in the event of a crime occurring outdoors in the month of February – the forensic/scientific tests, techniques and procedural methods of investigating the crime are very different in Miami than in Fargo due to obvious reasons. How can one, uniform set of standards dictated by Washington D.C. be equally applied and used at these two very different fictitious crime scenes?
They can’t. Just like Washington dictating what and how to best teach ALL children doesn’t work either. People, places and situations are different, a uniform way of dealing with them is impossible.
Sometimes local control and decision making is better. We formerly had a president who did not believe this. Clearly we now do.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]