Things have been a bit busier than normal because of the current shutdown, so my apologies for not getting new posts up for days. Also, my apologies for the Trump related stuff as I believe he intentionally does things to garner all the attention possible. I want to do my best to avoid giving him anything, but today I see that he retweeted this post from his son.
I went to read the article because it’s “worth the read” and my first question is why would the current president co-sign and retweet a message saying that someone believes the majority of federal workers who are furloughed should be fired or not come back to work at all? Imagine the outcome of things if Mary Barra of GM or Steve Easterbrook of McDonald’s took actions to not pay their employees for almost a month and then retweeted a link to an article suggesting the majority of their employees should not return and look elsewhere for employment.
From the beginning of the article until the end, I found myself floored at the ideas being pushed when considering the president feels that it was worth people’s time to read.
As one of the senior officials working without a paycheck, a few words of advice for the president’s next move at shuttered government agencies: lock the doors, sell the furniture, and cut them down.
Federal employees are starting to feel the strain of the shutdown. I am one of them. But for the sake of our nation, I hope it lasts a very long time, till the government is changed and can never return to its previous form.
The lapse in appropriations is more than a battle over a wall. It is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good.
Most of my career colleagues actively work against the president’s agenda. This means I typically spend about 15 percent of my time on the president’s agenda and 85 percent of my time trying to stop sabotage, and we have no power to get rid of them. Until the shutdown.
But President Trump can end this abuse. Senior officials can reprioritize during an extended shutdown, focus on valuable results and weed out the saboteurs. We do not want most employees to return, because we are working better without them. Sure, we empathize with families making tough financial decisions, like mine, and just like private citizens who have to find other work and bring competitive value every day, while paying more than a third of their salary in federal taxes.
President Trump has created more jobs in the private sector than the furloughed federal workforce. Now that we are shut down, not only are we identifying and eliminating much of the sabotage and waste, but we are finally working on the president’s agenda.
I apologize for posting even that much of this opinion piece from The Daily Caller, but I posted those to show how not ready for governing that this administration is and it is a danger to the country to allow things to continue to deteriorate.
First and foremost, our government has worked damn good with all things considering for the 88,583 days and counting that this country has existed. There’s no reason to change things now. In addition, our government has worked because the people who help ensure it works does not work for the president, the vice president, or any other elected official. The workers themselves take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution itself.
A president’s agenda is his own personal agenda. That is not the governing ideology for the country. We are a country of laws and we operate according to the principles espoused by the Constitution. If a president’s agenda runs contrary to law or the Constitution, then that president’s agenda loses. Point blank.
In addition, the jackass who wrote this opinion piece thinks that the current shutdown is eliminating waste and stripping government agencies. The problem with that line of thinking is clearly shown by looking no further than the department which contains the agencies responsible for enforcing immigration law. Within the Department of Homeland Security, 87% of the staff are considered essential and therefore exempt from being furloughed. So, while you think you have unnecessary people sitting at home, you actually have damn near an entire department working without pay which may be a violation of US labor law.
This case is from the 2013 shutdown, and a judge ruled this case in favor of the federal workers. There were about 25,000 who signed on to that lawsuit. I can tell you that far more current workers know about that lawsuit and are simply waiting for the 2018-2019 case to be filed.
All of this just to push an agenda? How about you actually put forth an agenda that works for America and falls within the Constitution itself. Most career workers have political biases. However, when you spend 20-30 years working for the feds, most don’t give a damn about any particular president’s agenda. Considering this president is the first that I can recall to ever have the country’s preeminent law enforcement agency, the FBI, to question his loyalty to America, I can understand why some random “senior official” has such concerns over people not wanting to work on the president’s agenda.
At this point, I refuse to let anyone make me question my faith. I have faith that God (Insert the name of your preferred deity here) will ensure that we survive all the crap going on now. It’s not fun listening to your co-workers wondering how long they can continue working before they run out of money. It’s not easy remaining composed when you hear people bad mouthing federal workers about their financial situations when there’s not been a single person who has stepped forward and stated they would trade places with any of us and work without getting paid for an extended period of time.
The past month has allowed me to see the good and great in many people where I likely would not have seen it before. Likewise, I’ve also seen the ugly side of my fellow Americans. We will soon need a leader that can unify the country. The division and discord cannot continue for much longer before we explode into violence like a powder keg. As much as I try to avoid and ignore the attention seeker, pushing opinion pieces like he did today makes it very hard to avoid. One saving grace about working for the federal government is the knowledge that your current leader won’t be there indefinitely. They are always replaced.