There’s need for big-time reform in the federal government, but one of the biggies for me is civil service reform and President Trump is chipping away at it. Next the states who are all being bled to death by public sector unions should follow suit. Don’t get me wrong, the unions had their place in our history but they have grown to big and too powerful and too costly both fiscally and to our liberty. If you think I am using hyperbole in saying that public sector unions are costing us our liberty you are not paying attention.
Nowhere in our US Constitution is authorization given to the massive unelected, unaccountable 4th branch of government, the federal bureaucracy, the administrative state and yet they make most of the laws today, they mete out massive fines and even jail terms to any who may go cross-ways to their intention. We didn’t elect they, we cannot get rid of them. They remain in place no matter who wins an election and operate seemingly free from any punishment or harm.
Trump promised to drain the swamp and he’s keeping his word. According to the Washington Examiner the President signed three executive orders Friday containing sweeping reforms that weaken protections for federal workers and eliminate perks for the unions that represent them.
This is what Trump accomplished in these EOs:
- From now on unions will be charged rent for federal office space
- Unions will not be reimbursed for travel expenses or for hours spent appealing worker firings
- Going forward, federal workers must spend 75 percent of their time on government work (WTF did you ever get away with that kind of job performance?)
- Federal agencies must publicly post union contracts in an online repository
- No longer will leniency for one worker set a precedent protecting others (an Obama era policy) from firing, and going forward there will be shortened review periods preceding discipline for poor-performing employees
Unfortunately President Trump has had to go the executive order route because Congress has failed once again to act as our representatives in this matter. In fact, I’d go as far as to say they like turning this part of their job over to the bureaucracy. Then they don’t have to take the heat from their constituents, they can blame everything on faceless, nameless pencil-pushers & bean-counters.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
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