I’d like to shrink government small enough so that I could drown it in the bathtub.
Grover Norquist (anti-tax activist)
Oftentimes we run on autopilot and continue to fund programs that don’t produce the results that were intended.
Stephanie Valentine (Analyst, Department of Education)
If my 2400 posts have focused on anything it is the truth of the title of this post. Like a cancer, Americans have watched our federal government get bigger and bigger, cost more and more, and endlessly stick its nose in our private affairs – nonstop.
So let me ask you, are you happier with government today than you were 10, 20, 30 years ago? Now, you may love Trump or you may hate Trump (even if you are a Republican), but no one is neutral about our President. The one thing even his enemies must admit is that he is a far more CONSEQUENTIAL president than the pundits predicted. (Of course, that is not saying much since the “pundits” have been wrong about virtually everything they predicted regarding President Trump.)
Among the many things that Trump accomplished in his first year in office one of the most unsung was that he actually reduced the size of the federal government (he promised in his campaign to “cut so much your head will spin”).
[Source: How the Trump era is changing the federal bureaucracy, by Lisa Rein and Andrew Ba Tran (and, mirabili dictu, this was published in Pravda on the Potomac, also know as The Washington Post!)]
Research analysis of federal personnel data by The Washington Post (footnote) shows that in merely one year President Trump has made a significant down payment on his campaign pledge to shrink the federal bureaucracy. It is expected that President Trump will bring the federal workforce down to levels not seen in decades.
By the end of September, all Cabinet departments except Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Interior (not quite sure why that bureaucracy has been left out) had been reduced in size. These bureaucracies literally have shed many hundreds of employees. The drop is the result of three factors: an exodus of civil servants (fare thee well), a diminished corps of political appointees (thank you Mr. President and even Senator Schumer who obstructs all Trump appointments no matter how insignificant), and an effective hiring freeze (God Save the Republic!).
President Obama set a record for the size of the basic federal workforce (the government added a total of 188,000 permanent employees), but President Bush was no slouch either, actually outpacing Obama. So under the usual Democrat or Republican administration the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GROWS.
But here is the really good news. President Trump is not finished! The White House is warning agencies that next year will bring even deeper cuts. And, if you can believe it, federal employees are chafing because new rules hold poor performers and problem workers to account. The nerve of this administration!!!!
And you will never guess the following: federal labor unions are miffed!
[Directly from the Rein/Tran article} “Morale has never been lower,” said Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal workers at more than 30 agencies. “Government is making itself a lot less attractive as an employer.”
Thank the Maker! And, interestingly, federal workers don’t agree with the Union. They actually think (in a survey) that a leaner, meaner federal workforce might be a better working environment.
The White House spokesman stated that the President is intent on, “reducing bloat, duplication and waste, and focusing resources on key priorities like public safety and protecting our nation’s homeland.”
No wonder the Democrat Party is the #resistance!