(NationalSentinel) Government: The vast majority of federal employees cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton in November, indicating their disdain for her opponent, Donald J. Trump. Most aren’t going to like him much anytime soon, now that he’s targeting many of their jobs.
Trump’s first budget as the nation’s chief executive seeks major cuts in the federal workforce, no doubt as part of the president’s pledge to not only “drain the swamp” in D.C. but also to make government smaller and more efficient overall.
As the Washington Post notes, Trump’s federal workforce cuts are “historic:”
President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce.
This would be the first time the government has executed cuts of this magnitude — and all at once — since the drawdown following World War II, economists and budget analysts said.
The spending budget Trump is set to release Thursday will offer the clearest snapshot of his vision for the size and role of government. Aides say that the president sees a new Washington emerging from the budget process, one that prioritizes the military and homeland security while slashing many other areas, including housing, foreign assistance, environmental programs, public broadcasting and research. Simply put, government would be smaller and less involved in regulating life in America, with private companies and states playing a much bigger role.
Cue the Alt-Left, big government outrage, and expect charge after charge in the establishment media that Trump’s budget will throw helpless, poor women and children out on the streets – when it isn’t responsible for taking food off of their plates and denying them health care.
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The cuts Trump plans to propose this week are also expected to lead to layoffs among federal workers, changes that would be felt sharply in the Washington area. According to an economic analysis by Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, the reductions outlined so far by Trump’s advisers would reduce employment in the region by 1.8 percent and personal income by 3.5 percent, and lower home prices by 1.9 percent.
“These are not the kind of cuts that you can accommodate by tightening the belt one notch, by shaving a little bit off of a program, or by downsizing a few staff here or there,” Robert Reischauer, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office, told the Post. “These are cuts that would require a wholesale triage of a vast array of federal activities.”
What a breath of fresh air.
If Trump’s budget survives largely intact it will represent the biggest shift back to the founding principle of federalism in a century.
Let’s hope squishy Republican RINOs don’t help Democrats in derailing this effort.