As we often say here, Trump is a mixed bag. He’s good on some things and not so good to bad on others.
One area where he has been outstanding however is in his highlighting of the federal bureaucracy. For far too long federal workers have enjoyed a protected status at the cost of the wider citizenry.
I have a challenge for you. If you know anyone who is a federal employee, ask them if they’ve ever heard of people who instead of being fired are shuffled off into a corner somewhere to surf a desk, read novels, and peruse the Internet all day. I long lived in government employee country and this is a story I’ve heard a number of times. Everyone in Northern Virginia or Southern Maryland knows this story.
Then these “employees” retire with a nice fat taxpayer financed pension.
This isn’t to disparage all federal workers. There are many I am positive who do a great job and earn the pay the taxpayers pay them. Some feds even keep us abreast of what is going on in bureaucracyland. And thank God for them.
But there are a good number in the federal labyrinth who don’t do a good job and who take advantage of the taxpayer. Indeed taking advantage of the taxpayer is part of the culture of Washington.
Trump is right to highlight the state apparatus. That is a very good thing. And it is one of the reasons why he is catching such heat from official Washington. Many people in DC don’t want their government cheese moved.
Despite minimal traction in Congress, the White House is moving ahead with its plans. One preview of the administration’s approach could come on Feb. 12, when the White House releases its 2019 budget. It is expected to include the reorganization plans requested from agencies last year, although the extent of what will be included is unclear. Even lawmakers in Congress have had trouble learning about the agencies’ reform plans.
“The Administration is taking a targeted approach to federal workforce reform to better prepare for the future—and we plan to highlight that in the fiscal 2019 budget,” Hogan Gidley, deputy White House press secretary, said in a statement to POLITICO. “As the president indicated in the State of the Union, this would include streamlining processes for hiring and rewarding the best talent, and removing the poor performers.”
Sounds good to us.