This is actually bigger news than one might initially think. NOBODY gets fired from government jobs. Technically, in government, “not doing anything” in many states probably isn’t even cause. You think I’m joking.
This is a real positive. But 11,000 should only be the beginning. Our taxpayer financed bureaucracy is a target rich environment.
Given advancements in automation and in technology generally the Obama years should be the high water mark for federal employment. From here on out – and I mean from here until eternity – there is no need to add one more net federal employee. No reason.
Please also note that the one country that is seriously banging on first world status below has the fewest government employees as a percentage of workers. This is not a coincidence.
At least when it comes to Washington DC government employees it’s about more than just pay. Every federal holiday off. Lots of vacation. Unbelievable job security. They get a SWEET retirement. And if there is snow in the air, one can pretty much count on “liberal leave.”
On the other hand they have to work for the government.
Some at the highest levels of military have said that the VA is a disaster on a colossal scale. Essentially that it is a problem that is so big, with government employees that are so entrenched, the challenge of getting Veteran’s Affairs functional is a job that is almost impossible.
But this order appears to be a start. The Hill should expand on the initiative. Below I will link to just some of the VA stories we’ve covered over the past few years.
The hiring freeze is one of the best things Trump has done to date. But instead of hacking away with the dull ax of righteousness Leviathan will now be allowed to expand, as it always seems to.
We are told that this is strategic. That some agencies will indeed see big cuts. We’ll see.
The federal employee system is a giant, glowing, throbbing, blob of cronyism. From the top to the bottom the federal government is full of cronies. If Trump is going to make a real effort to carve up the beast we applaud him. Cut, and cut deep.
This proposal might see some challenges I’m thinking.
Freeze. Then cut. With extreme prejudice.
The federal workforce is deeply crony. No one has been able to get the bureaucracy under control in the past 80 years. We’ll see how Trump does.
(From The Washington Post)
President Trump issued an executive order Monday freezing federal hiring. The hiring freeze excludes national security employees.
A hiring freeze was included in the Trump presidential campaign’s “Contract with the American Voter.
As a longtime resident of government employee country I say this plan couldn’t come soon enough. The bureaucracy in DC is massive, expensive, and entitled. Given the degree to which technology could easily reduce the bloat in the city and beyond wins should come early and relatively easily.
Wins for taxpayers anyway. Washington, the “imperial city” won’t like it and will scream bloody murder. On the other hand recent reports said that up to 35% of federal workers said they’d consider quitting their jobs if Trump became president.
I hadn’t been on a plane in a few months but last week I flew into Atlanta.
I always fall out of the TSA rhythm if I haven’t flown for a while. I always forget to take off my belt. Pretty much every time. Do I take out my wallet? Good thing I remembered to wear loafers this time.
It’s insane. Really, think about it. It’s nuts. Then we have to stand in that machine and get blasted by radiation while we stand with our hands over our head like some sort of criminal.
A beautiful piece in more than one way.
This is a real toy. Teach your kid to be compliant early.
Oh, the TSA, what a horrible bureaucratic concoction. Everything one hates about the soft (most of the time) police state rolled into one nasty, fetid burrito of government nonsense.