Government Official Hopes Shutdown Goes On “For A Long Time” So We Can “Strip Wasteful Government Agencies For Good.”

Today’s must-read is an op-ed piece in The Daily Caller by a senior Trump official who hopes the shutdown can lead to a permanent reform of what they deem a terribly bloated and wasteful U.S. government. It’s the kind of viewpoint that you won’t likely read or hear via the socialist Establishment Media.

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Via The Daily Caller:

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.

On an average day roughly 15 percent of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country. I wish I could give competitive salaries to them, and no one else. But 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results. If they don’t feel like doing what they are told, they don’t. 

Why would they? We can’t fire them. They avoid attention, plan their weekend, schedule vacation, their second job, their next position, some do this in the same position for more than a decade.

They do nothing that warrants punishment and nothing of external value. That is their workday: errands for the sake of errands; administering, refining, following and collaborating on process. “Process is your friend” is what delusional civil servants tell themselves. Even senior officials must gain approval from every rank across their department, other agencies and work units for basic administrative chores.

Process is what we serve, process keeps us safe, process is our core value. It takes a lot of people to maintain the process. Process provides jobs. In fact, there are process experts and certified process managers who protect the process. Then there are the 5 percent with moxy (career managers). At any given time they can change, clarify or add to the process — even to distort or block policy counsel for the president.

Saboteurs peddling opinion as research, tasking their staff on pet projects or pitching wasteful grants to their friends. 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. 

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The message to federal supervisors is clear. Maintain the status quo, or face allegations. Many federal employees truly believe that doing tasks more efficiently and cutting out waste, by closing troubled programs instead of expanding them, “is morally wrong,” as one cried to me.

I get it. These are their pets. It is tough to put them down and let go, and many resist. This phenomenon was best summed up by a colleague who said, “The goal in government is to do nothing. If you try to get things done, that’s when you will run into trouble.”

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.

President Trump does not need Congress to address the border emergency, and yes, it is an emergency. Billions upon billions of hard-earned tax dollars are still being dumped into foreign aid programs every year that do nothing for America’s interest or national security. The president does not need congressional funding to deconstruct abusive agencies who work against his agenda. This is a chance to effect real change, and his leverage grows stronger every day the shutdown lasts.

The president should add to his demands, including a vote on all of his political nominees in the Senate. Send the career appointees back. Many are in the 5 percent of saboteurs and resistance leaders.

A word of caution: To be a victory, this shutdown must be different than those of the past and should achieve lasting disruption with two major changes, or it will hurt the president.

The first thing we need out of this is better security, particularly at the southern border. Our founders envisioned a free market night watchman state, not the bungled bloated bureaucracy our government has become. But we have to keep the uniformed officers paid, which is an emergency. Ideally continue a resolution to pay the essential employees only, if they are truly working on national security. Furloughed employees should find other work, never return and not be paid.

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Secondly, we need savings for taxpayers. If this fight is merely rhetorical bickering with Nancy Pelosi, we all lose, especially the president. But if it proves that government is better when smaller, focusing only on essential functions that serve Americans, then President Trump will achieve something great that Reagan was only bold enough to dream.

The president’s instincts are right. Most Americans will not miss non-essential government functions. A referendum to end government plunder must happen. Wasteful government agencies are fighting for relevance but they will lose. Now is the time to deliver historic change by cutting them down forever.

The author is a senior official in the Trump administration.

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Dems Party With Lobbyists In Puerto Rico During Government Shutdown.

Democrats don’t care about some federal workers not getting paid because of the partial government shutdown. Proof of that is the story out this weekend showing thirty Democrat members of Congress partying down in the sun and sand in Puerto Rico with more than 100 lobbyists. So when you hear a Democrat pretend to cry about the poor government workers who aren’t getting paid, remember the following pics and how they refuse to negotiated with President Trump to fund border security and re-open the government. The president is awaiting their return so a deal can be forged while Democrats would rather soak up the sun and get drunk and shmooze with lobbyists who are buying their votes.

Via The Washington Examiner:

Some 30 Democratic lawmakers left the government shutdown behind Friday on a chartered flight to Puerto Rico for a winter retreat with 109 lobbyists and corporate executives during which they planned to see the hit Broadway show “Hamilton” and attend three parties including one with the show’s cast.

…The event is taking place in a seaside resort where rooms go for $429 a night. Food is being provided. 

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Dems & Media Licking Chops Over Possible Government Shutdown: “SCREW THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.”

Screw the American people. That’s the position being taken by a growing number of politically rabid Democrats and their media cohorts as they desperately try and stop the momentum of President Trump and the remarkable success that has been the Trump economy. The President’s globalist enemies are now looking to a government shutdown as a way of accomplishing that goal – a goal which by the way, means they are at war with job creation for millions of Americans, including minority workers who have especially benefitted from Trump policies that are revitalizing the American Working Class.

Whispers are increasing of regular communications between high-profile media figures and politicians in D.C. regarding the impending shutdown. Democrats are promising a “show” that they are confident will hurt the President and further damage the Republican brand going into the 2018 Midterms. Democrat leaders are said to be taking a “screw the American people” position, thinking it’s more important to go to war with Trump than it is to continue allowing the economic success that is benefitting so many. As for Republican leaders, they are either as spineless as ever, or active participants in the “get Trump” government shutdown machinations.

The White House earlier dispatched Chief of Staff John Kelly this week to Congress to try and convince Republicans to hold the line. Word is General Kelly has left those meetings disgusted by the lack of loyalty and focus by the Republican leadership toward the Trump White House. Kelly is said to be particularly troubled by the duplicitous nature of Senator Lindsey Graham.

 

The newsroom chant across the country is now, “shut it down…shut it down…shut it down.”

Think about it. These are the very same politicians and media figures who relentlessly preach about high vital Big Government is to the health and well being of everyday Americans and yet they now are practically begging for a Big Government shutdown in the hopes it can then be used to do political harm to President Trump.

Appalling.

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