Another Poison Pill By Our Outgoing President

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! Trump has proposed a federal hiring freeze to reduce the federal workforce through attrition. When someone quits or retires they will not be replaced. The theory is that there are too many federal employees (more than in US manufacturing jobs) costing taxpayers too much in dead wood.

pornBored federal employees at the EPA, the SEC and others have so much leisure time on their hands they spend hours a day engaging in online porn. It got so bad an inspector general investigation was launched. And the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee actually passed the “Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act”. You can’t fire federal civil service employees so what was their solution? Put them on paid administrative leave, why of course. Adding insult to injury the offending employees were paid an average of $120,000 per year.

Everybody knows this stuff (heard about “rubber rooms in the public schools?) goes on and has for eons but finally we have a president who promises to put a stop to it. So what are the corrupt Democrats doing to make it hard for Trump to instigate these overdue changes? According to The American Thinker the Obama Administration has cancelled holiday vacation (what used to be called ‘Christmas’ vacation) time for HR staff and they are hiring as many new staff as they can, and promoting existing employees before Obama leaves office. Several federal agencies are accelerating hiring to thwart President-elect Donald Trump’s promised hiring freeze and this is after the Obama transition team promised no more hiring after Dec 1.

Face it guys, they do not want this new president to succeed in any way, hence the Israeli slap in the face, the Russian hacking sanctions and the fake news that Hillary would have won if it were not for the Ruskies interfering in our election.

What’s the answer? Civil Service reform. When you cannot fire ineffective, dishonest or corrupt (the deadly shenanigans at the VA are just one example), something is not right.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

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I Love You Mayor Bloomberg-Even Though You Waffled on Term Limits

January 31, 2011

Yeah, how utterly political of him. In 2008 as he neared the end of his last term as NY City mayor, Bloomberg successfully orchestrated the overturn of term limits so he could run for a third term. But now he’s for term limits again. Go figure.

But I’ll forgive him for being a politician if he and New York lawmakers pull this off! According to the Daily Caller, the mayor warned Friday that he may be forced to lay off as many as 20,000 teachers. Nobody loves the necessity for teacher layoffs. Those are real people with families who will be severely impacted, but states and cities all over the United States have over spent and now it’s time to pay the piper.

Teachers who don’t teach.

What I love is the secret compromise between lawmakers and Bloomberg aides that would allow the mayor to fire between 2,000 to 4,000 non-classroom teachers. Teachers who don’t teach! This includes teachers under disciplinary action, some of whom have languished in rubber rooms with full pay and benefits for years!

The Caller says the plan would also target members of the “absent teacher reserve pool” — which includes nonworking but on-the-payroll teachers from schools that have been shut down because of poor performance — and teachers assigned only to “administrative functions.”

Teachers who don’t teach sort of rubs me the wrong way, not unlike what we hear when “non-essential’ state or county workers are advised to stay home in bad weather or other circumstances, begging the question, “if they’re non-essential, why do we have (and pay) them?”

But the real news in the NY Bloomberg story of getting rid of non-teaching teachers is that it will overturn state law that previously required the city to fire teachers on the basis of seniority not competence. What a concept, but make no mistake, this is huge!!!

Of course, the union opposition to such a plan that makes sense and is good for the public is fiercely intense. But these are extreme and intense times and what a catalyst for much needed change.

In the meantime I love Mayor Bloomberg and wish him and New York well. We’ll have to see what happens.

Aloha, Mikie

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