Har­bin­gers wor­ry­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I be­lieve two re­cent events show what a Repub­li­can ad­min­is­tra­tion will be like.

The first was the at­tempt to gut the Con­gres­sional Ethics Of­fice. The se­cond is the re­vival of an ob­scure law that al­lows Congress to ar­bi­trar­ily re­duce the pay of fed­eral em­ploy­ees, ap­par­ently even in­di­vid­ual em­ploy­ees. If you think they will use this to weed out in­com­pe­tence, you are not pay­ing at­ten­tion. It would ap­pear they are go­ing af­ter cli­mate sci­en­tists, en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­en­tists, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors in the IRS, the Jus­tice De­part­ment, and any other agency in­ves­ti­gat­ing tax eva­sion and white-col­lar crime by the wealthy.

I’m not sur­prised by the cor­rup­tion. I am sur­prised at the bla­tancy. I am also not sur­prised by the lack of com­ment I’ve seen about this in this pa­per. JAMES B. SAWYER

Fayetteville

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