President Trump plans to pare back the federal workforce in Washington, DC and around the nation more than any other US president. Recent reports suggest that he will cut agency budgets by up to 10% and worker numbers by up to 20%.
This is a huge event considering that automatic annual agency increases have been built into the federal budget for decades.
Federal workers are now terrified that they may lose their jobs, but that is too darned bad. Tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs as more and more of our national wealth has flowed into Washington to keep the federal bureaucrats living high.
Those days are over. Even one candidate for the president of France has proposed to cut the federal French workforce by 500,000 jobs since it is becoming clear to more and more people around the globe that increased government size equates to lower job creation, and that every job created in government can lead to the loss of many jobs in the private sector, i.e., socialism is bad for most people.
Trump’s plan does not include the military or essential national security agencies. It will likely start with hiring freezes as a way to reduce the workforce by “attrition”, where jobs simply are not filled when workers retire or are induced to retire. This is a very effective way to address the problem. After eight years of attrition alone the federal workforce will be significantly smaller.
Trump also is likely to seek reductions in salaries, benefits and/or pensions and changes in work rules to make government work less attractive and to make it easier to fire poor performers. This is another great move.
The federal government currently has 2.1 million nonmilitary employees. Nikitas3.com believes that that number should be cut to 500,000, that hundreds of thousands of workers should be fired outright, and that government efficiency would actually increase with a smaller number of employees since the bureaucracy becomes increasingly inefficient with size. There’s more. MSN.com reports:
The (US House of Representatives) revived an obscure rule dating to the late 1800s …to give individual lawmakers the ability to amend spending legislation to cut federal agencies and programs, and even target an individual employee’s salary. Named after a former Indiana congressman, the Holman Rule was devised in 1876 as a way for the Appropriations Committee to deal with ballooning national debt after the Civil War. It was repeatedly revised and revived until it was abandoned in the early 1980s.
Depending on how lawmakers use the rule, they could undermine long-standing civil service protections, such as ensuring that federal employees with the same job title are paid equally regardless of performance.
This is awesome. Let’s get on with it after decades in which the unionized federal bureaucracy has been considered untouchable.
We could eliminate more than 100,000 federal jobs by simply eliminating the useless Departments of Energy and Education. Department of Energy responsibilities over nuclear weapons can be folded into the US military. Meanwhile EPA has more than 15,000 employees. This should be reduced to 1,000.
These people, and millions like them, have been sucking taxpayers dry for decades, along with undermining our economy significantly. It’s time for them to go so that the rest of us may prosper.
It is important to remember that government jobs “consume” wealth while manufacturing jobs “create” wealth. So now look at what Stephen Moore wrote in an essay called A Nation of Takers in the Wall Street Journal:
If you want to understand better why so many states …are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). (Note from Nikitas: This government employment figure is for all government workers including federal, state, county and local.)
This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.
It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?
CNSNews.com reported in Autumn 2016:
Government employment grew from 22,216,000 in September to 22,235,000 in October, according to BLS, while manufacturing jobs dropped from 12,267,000 to 12,258,000.
The 22,235,000 employed by government in the United States now outnumber the 12,258,000 employed in manufacturing by 9,977,000.
Over the past year—from October 2015 to October 2016—manufacturing employment fell by 53,000, declining from 12,311,000 to 12,258,000. During the same period, government employment climbed 208,000, rising from 22,027,000 to 22,235,000.
… Manufacturing employment peaked in June 1979 at 19,553,000. Since then, manufacturing employment has declined by 7,295,000—or 37.3 percent—to its current level of 12,258,000.
In June 1979, when manufacturing employment hit its peak, government employment was 16,045,000. Since then, government employment has increased by 6,190,000—or 38.6 percent—to its current level of 22,235,000.
Get the picture? As government increases in size, private employment shrinks. And so cutting the federal workforce is a huge plus for tens of millions of Americans who need jobs. MSN.com reports
The proposals to cut the workforce have been particularly worrisome to lawmakers from Maryland and Northern Virginia, home to some of the largest concentrations of federal workers in the nation. A group of House members from the Washington region — all Democrats — said last week that Republicans were treating “civil servants like political pawns and scapegoats.”
OK, so the media/Democrat template is that federal workers are selfless civil servants slaving away on low salaries for the public good? Hah! Look at this from CNSNews.com about the exorbitant living standards where these federal government workers live:
The four richest counties in the United States, when measured by median household income, are all suburbs of Washington, D.C., according to newly released data from the Census Bureau.
They are Loudoun County, Va., where the median household income was $125,900 in 2015; Falls Church City, Va., where it was $122,092; Fairfax County, Va., where it was $112,844; and Howard County, Md., where it was $110,224.
Nationwide, the median household income in 2015 was $55,755, according to the Census Bureau. …Of the Top 20 richest counties in the nation, nine are suburbs of (Washington, DC) that in fiscal 2016 taxed away $3,266,774,000,000 from the American people, spent $3,854,100,000,000, and ran a $587,326,000,000 deficit.
Conclusion: The fewer federal workers that we have, the better it is for America in general. So let us hope that Trump soon will be issuing his time-tested directive to 1.6 million federal workers: “You’re fired!”
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