Can Trump Win His Battle With The Unionized, Bureaucratic ‘Deep State’?Posted: January 25, 2017 | |
On his first full day in office, Trump sent a powerful signal of intent by freezing pay raises and hiring of federal workers.
Public Unions: As the old expression goes, a new broom sweeps clean. And there’s no question that the new broom in Washington, D.C., is Donald Trump. Will he be able to sweep aside the massive Washington bureaucracy, the graveyard of good ideas and democratic governance?
Trump got off to a very promising start, as we noted on Monday. On his first full day in office, he sent a powerful signal of intent by freezing pay raises and hiring of federal workers. Trump administration officials have let it be known that he’d like to slice 10% off spending and 20% off the federal bureaucracy, part of a broad effort to slash just over $10 trillion from federal spending over the next decade.
Not surprisingly, this has frightened bureaucrats. An Associated Press headline captured it best: “Workers Dismayed By President Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze.”
According to a Government Business CouncilGovExec.com poll, 28% of government employees said they will definitely or “maybe” consider quitting or retiring after Donald Trump was sworn into office. Another 7% said they don’t know. They know the ax is coming down.
Things are already moving along. Late last week, in the Senate, Sen. Marco Rubio reintroduced a spate of bills, including one that would enable Veterans Affairs employees to be fired for poor performance or misconduct. Meanwhile, the White House on Tuesday ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to stop awarding new contracts or grants, as part of a review of its operations.
More action is on the way, and it’s about time.
What is surprising is that no recent president has taken a serious whack at our out-of-control bureaucracy, which has become a fundamentally undemocratic part of our government, unresponsive to the people, arbitrary, overpaid and hyperpoliticized. It is a giant impediment to change and reform.
Yes, spending cuts are fine, since they focus agencies on what they really need to be doing. And freezing hiring for the bureaucracy is one sure way to keep its baleful influence from growing….(read more)
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