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Monday, November 21, 2016

DC to get its own NAFTA

For more than two decades, the reaction from the Washington Post and the federal government to complaints about NAFTA were suck it up, Heartland.

Heartland elected Trump president.

Get ready to suck it up, Washington. Your NAFTA begins on 20 January 2017.

From the Washington Post:
President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress are drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long railed against, by eroding job protections and grinding down benefits that federal workers have received for a generation.
Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions — these are the contours of the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January.
These changes were once unthinkable to federal employees, their unions and their supporters in Congress. But Trump’s election as an outsider promising to shake up a system he told voters is awash in “waste, fraud and abuse” has conservatives optimistic that they could do now what Republicans have been unable to do in the 133 years since the civil service was created.
Republicans created Civil Service. The problem came when Jack Kennedy unionized the federal government. The combination makes Civil Service employees unfireable and unaccountable.

From the Washington Post:
Top Republicans on Capitol Hill say their first priority will be making it easier to fire employees regarded as incompetent or who break the rules.
“It’s nearly impossible to fire somebody,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “When the overwhelming majority do a good job and the one bad apple is there viewing pornography, I want people to be held accountable.”
Chaffetz said he plans to push through wholesale changes to the generous retirement benefits that federal workers receive, by shifting to a market-driven, 401(k)-style plan for new employees.
He said the model would be his home state, which six years ago replaced the defined benefit pensions that have disappeared at most private companies with a defined contribution plan for new state and municipal workers.
“We have a Republican president who will help us drive this to the finish line,” Chaffetz said.
What is odd is Chaffetz was a Never Trumper.

Nevertheless, President Trump will rein in the personnel expenses of the federal government. Incompetents and crooks will go (with the latter, hopefully, prosecuted). Agencies will get new marching orders. A few may close. America can no longer afford a federal government that eats up nearly one-quarter of the economy. 

The issue of Civil Service Reform was not raised much during the campaign as the media was too busy castigating and chastizing President Trump for calling a beauty contest diva "Miss Piggy" twenty years ago.

If the media had done some reporting rather than parroting Team Clinton talking points, then NAFTA might not be coming to Washington.

But it is.


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  1. Civil Service Reform is needed, but the biggest problem is unionization and political partisanship within the Civil Service. - Elric

    1. Amen to that! It was great what Reagan did to PATCO.

    2. I thought the same thing reading upstairs. Squacked like stuck pigs in an echo chamber. Boom. May be in the future.

  2. The worst dirt on Trump that tens of millions of dollars in opposition research into Trump is that he said something of no consequence. This suggests to me that he's practically a saint.
    Also consider that 'grab them by the pussy' is considered bad by people who, before this became news, said that Trump should be killed

    1. Those that think "grab them by the pussy" is really bad are those who've never been, nor are likely to ever be, grabbed that way.

      Those same old women (of both sexes) have no problem with killing babies- or Trump.

      I agree that by today's standards, Trump IS virtually a saint!

  3. Trump also needs to repeal and replace the State Dept's unique civil service system for the diplomatic corps and the State Dept's personnel. Otherwise they'll just undermine his policies.

  4. Trump also needs to repeal and replace the State Dept's unique civil service system for the diplomatic corps and the State Dept's personnel. Otherwise they'll just undermine his policies.

  5. Start with DOJ, IRS, DOE, EPA.

    1. "Do you mean to tell me that you work here at the IRS, and that you're a CONSERVATIVE?!"

      "It is my understanding that you can no longer ask me that question, sir."

  6. Want to sum up the next four years?

    Civil Service: "But you can't!"

    Trump: "I just did."

  7. Would be good to cede what's left of DC back to Maryland.

    1. They probably wouldn't take it less'n you got 'em drunk first.