(NationalSentinel) President-elect Donald J. Trump campaigned on the slogan, “Make America Great Again.” One way he plans to do that, he has said, is to “drain the swamp” that is Washington, D.C., and dramatically reduce federal bureaucratic red tape.
That will necessarily mean a reduction in the massive federal workforce. Though Trump’s pledge to create more jobs and opportunities in the private sector appears to already being having positive effects, federal workers will see cuts…hopefully.
Federal workers nationwide are bracing for reductions in head counts, civil service protections and salaries when President-elect Donald Trump and Congress turn their attention to government spending later this year.
Trump, who ran on a promise to “drain the swamp,” has identified hiring freezes at most federal agencies as a top priority for his early days in office. Republican lawmakers, many of whom have long advocated for reducing Washington’s workforce, are looking to cut benefits and make it easier to fire poor performers.
The threats and preliminary steps taken by Congress have created anxiety for many of the government’s 2.1 million employees.
“People don’t know what to believe, and they’re in a state of uneasiness,” said Witold Skwierczynski, a Catonsville, Md., who heads the American Federation of Government Employees council that oversees Social Security Administration field offices. “That’s the feeling I hear. People are unsettled.”
Jason Pye, director of public policy at the Washington-based conservative group FreedomWorks, said he expects Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress to take steps quickly.
“There are too many people working in the federal government, too many federal agencies; there’s an alphabet soup,” he said. “What we’re simply saying is the federal government has grown too big.”
Conservative Republicans already have a bad rap from Leftist liberals that they’re heartless and cruel–a phony narrative that will only be amplified if and when the GOP-controlled Congress and the Trump administration make good on this pledge.
Because Pye is exactly correct; there are too many federal agencies doing duplicative work that only add to public frustration, inefficiency and expense. Thanks to Obama’s passing on of a $20 trillion national debt, which doubled under his watch, Trump and Republicans have their work cut out for them trying to reduce the debt our children and grandchildren are being stuck with.
If anyone can make something run more efficiently than the federal government currently runs, it’s Trump. Democrats will, of course, try to stop him at every opportunity, because they know government union workers are a huge voting bloc.