One of the reasons Trump must be looked at as a mixed bag for advocates of freedom is because of the fear he has put in the hearts of many career government workers. He ain’t all bad by any means.
All across Washington, career toadies, people who were sure they’d sail into the next few years with the fair winds of Hillary Clinton blowing them toward a taxpayer financed retirement are freaking out. Why? Because Trump and his appointees are calling them on their nonsense and crony capitalism.
Make no mistake, the government employee army is one of the most crony entities of all. Certainly up there with the banks, pharma, and the Military Industrial Complex. And of course the Washington bureaucracy is tied into all these too. They can’t be separated.
The vast state, the deep state, feeds off of the productive part of the US economy. The government (employees) serves at the pleasure of the people in the USA (at least that’s the way it’s supposed to be). But many a portly bureaucrat, long softened by decades in a privileged government employee system where no one gets fired and where there is no accountability, where they don’t understand that it is THEY who are all too often the problem, can’t come to terms with the fact that the American people have spoken. They can’t come to terms with their own career mortality.
The interests of the deep state and the people have diverged sharply.
(From The Hill)
“From our point of view, it’s kind of obvious,” said Jeff Ruch, the executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), when asked about staffers’ growing pushback.
“You have Donald Trump, who ran and said he would drain the swamp, meaning them.”
You are darn right Mr. Ruch. At least you admit it.
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Friday even accused special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director now investigating Russia’s involvement in last year’s election, as representing the “deep state at its worse.”
Conservatives are unsurprised by the opposition from federal employees.
Chris Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, pointed to news reports about upset employees, social media campaigns and “civil disobedience” training for staffers looking to push back against the White House.
GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak, a contributor to The Hill, attributed the blowback to a host of factors, from the political make-up of civil servants to the use of holdover officials in government offices that are still waiting for the Senate to confirm Trump political appointees.
He said there is also a “real industry now behind recruiting whistleblowers inside the resistance movement,” and creating public outcry about the administration.
These people want to protect their taxpayer financed privilege. They want to show that no one, not the president, not the American people, can take them down. They are entitled. They are the State. You should be happy to pay for them. They are working for YOU don’t you know?