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Nov232016

Trump Has A Plan To Shrink The Federal Workforce, And Govt Employees Aren't Going To Like It

DOING THE UNTHINKABLE IN WASHINGTON

Washington Post (Bezos Blog)

President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long railed against, by eroding job protections and grinding down benefits that federal workers have received for a generation.

These changes were once unthinkable to federal employees, their unions and their supporters in Congress. But Trump’s election as an outsider promising to shake up a system he told voters is awash in “waste, fraud and abuse” has conservatives optimistic that they could do now what Republicans have been unable to do in the 133 years since the modern civil service was created.

Trump has promised that in his first 100 days he will freeze federal hiring, and has pledged to eliminate two regulations for every new one passed, as well as shut down the Education Department and parts of the EPA.

Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions — these are the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January.

“We’re going to have to get the country to understand how big the problem is, the human costs of it and why it’s absolutely essential to reform,” said Gingrich, who urged Trump to shrink big government and overhaul the “job-for-life” guarantee of federal work.

Gingrich predicted that Stephen K. Bannon, a former Breitbart News chief who helped steer Trump’s campaign and is now one of his most influential advisers, would lead the effort. “It’s a big, big project,” he said. The project aligns with Bannon’s long-stated warnings about the corrupting influence of government and a capital city rampant with “crony capitalism.”

Top Republicans on Capitol Hill say their first priority will be making it easier to fire employees regarded as incompetent or who break the rules.

“It’s nearly impossible to fire somebody,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz. “When the overwhelming majority do a good job and the one bad apple is there viewing pornography, I want people to be held accountable.”

Gingrich said the Trump administration probably would look for guidance from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who stripped public employee unions of most of their collective-bargaining rights and forced workers to pay more into their pensions and for health care.

“We’re going to be playing defense for at least a couple of years,” acknowledged William R. Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, the third-largest federal union.

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Reader Comments (11)

Warren Buffett's $10 Billion boom since Trump won...

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/22/warren-buffett-sees-7-billion-dollar-boom-on-donald-trump-win.html

And Buffett supported Hillary...
Nov 23, 2016 at 5:31 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Trump 'one of greatest intuitive political geniuses in history'...

http://theweek.com/articles/663225/demagogic-genius-donald-j-trump

Great read...
Nov 23, 2016 at 5:32 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Obama Urged to Free Asylum-Seekers Before Leaving Office...

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-11-22/obama-urged-to-free-asylum-seekers-before-trump-takes-office

Immigration advocates are asking the Obama administration to release thousands of detained Central American women and children who want asylum in the U.S., citing concerns that Donald Trump will deport them after his inauguration in January.
Nov 23, 2016 at 5:39 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Exclusive Interview: How Jared Kushner Won Trump The White House

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevenbertoni/2016/11/22/exclusive-interview-how-jared-kushner-won-trump-the-white-house/#2aef23512f50

Terrific read. This is the first interview Kushner has given...
Nov 23, 2016 at 5:51 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Loved the Kushner article but do not agree with the liberal author. Trump won the campaign because he had a message that wasn't just bashing Hillary (although that was helpful). Trump was the first to appeal to people who felt "Left Out", not a pun.
He was the most unlikely to win and beat everyone against the Media, the GOP, the DNC, and the Clinton Machine. His message was all over the place, but in there I understood is was my cup of tea from day 1. I really liked the Kushner quote about "anyone who is willing to change a friendship or business realtionship due to who you support in politics, Is not someone who has a lot of Character". EXCELLENT but not perfect.
Nov 23, 2016 at 5:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
Nice thoughts BG. Immigration was his first issue and it immediately catapulted him to the top of the GOP field in July 2015. I've seen polls showing as high as 73% of americans want a 5-year halt in ALL immigration. I still believe it's not about Trump, it's the message. In fact, had another candidate come along with the same message, he would probably have beaten Trump in the primary, because of Trump's flaws.
Nov 23, 2016 at 5:25 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
If Trump can get rid of the DOE, that would be huge. This is something that Reagan could never do according to David Stockman. Trump really never attacked anyone until they said something about him first almost to a man. Then he was all out, like a laser until someone dropped out of the race. Of course the media sound bit him to death and the rest is history. What I never understood is this. He HAS the goods. All of it. You damned well know that when some kind of crazy shit was going on around the world, Trump has the inside skinny. You can bet he has all the footage of ne'er do wellers doing the slip and slide across the globe. I'm amazed he never used it during the campaign. You'd think he could have gone deep and long on Clinton. Maybe he has something up his sleeve in this regard.
Nov 24, 2016 at 7:06 AM | Unregistered Commenterskinflint
"eliminate two regulations for every new one passed" Start with the IRS
Nov 24, 2016 at 8:22 AM | Unregistered CommenterR Regan
The great, wonderful, we bow in reference Reagan promised the same thing and he grew government by 20%. I know, i worked for the feds when he was in office, lying bastard, they all are
Nov 24, 2016 at 9:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterDarkwing
He sure did. And then some.
Nov 24, 2016 at 12:05 PM | Unregistered Commenterskinflint

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