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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Trump stands up to government unions

What good are federal employee unions? I mean other than to fund the Democratic Party with union fees.

Federal workers average more than $123,160 a year in pay and benefits -- far higher than the $69,901 a year the rest of America averages.

Plus they cannot be fired, even if they sit around watching porn all day.

Despite computers eliminating the need for armies of clerk-typists, electronic filing  taking over 75% of tax returns, automatic deposits, and online services reducing the need for personnel, the number of federal employees has stayed constant.

Expensive lawyers and PhDs eliminated clerk-typists.

The American Federation of Government Employees kept rolling along.

Last year, the union opposed the election of President Trump. This year, the union opposes the Trump government.

Talk about your fifth columnists.

From the $289,059-a-year president of the union, J. David Cox Sr., last year:
Attacking the size of government is part and parcel for most conservative lawmakers, even though the federal government employs fewer people today than it did in the mid-1960s. The GOP’s 2012 budget plan, drafted by House Speaker Paul Ryan when he was chairman of the Budget Committee, called for a 10 percent cut in federal workers.
You don’t need a crystal ball to determine what impact a hiring freeze would have on federal agencies and their ability to serve taxpayers. All you have to do is visit any Social Security office.
The Social Security Administration has been under a hiring freeze for most of this decade, thanks to across-the-board budget cuts that have slashed the agency’s operating budget by 10 percent -- even as demand for Social Security services has reached record highs.
Last year, I retired. You know how much contact I needed with a federal employee to sign up for benefits and set up a direct deposit?


Did it all online. Most retirees can do that. That should eliminate most of the customer service people.

That is why Barack Obama continued the hiring freeze.

In the private sector, the chief executive officer would have laid workers off. So button it on mistreatment.

The union position after the election is it can wait President Trump out:
“We’ve been here and done this over and over,” Cox said. He noted while there is always some apprehension during a presidential transition, “I’ve been on this merry-go-round before. This union has been on this merry-go-round before.”
And the plan is to cry bloody murder time after time after time, until the Republican president abandons all hope. Why not? That plan worked in the past.

From the union:
"The severity of the budget cuts proposed by President Trump could require mass layoffs of employees at federal departments and agencies, although the budget blueprint released by the White House does not detail how many federal employees could lose their jobs.
"These cuts, if implemented, would have devastating and lasting consequences on the nation. Every American should study the facts, reject the rhetoric, and decide for themselves if they share the bleak vision of America that President Trump is promoting."
Wrong. Every American will enjoy the reduction in the cost of services, and the elimination of intrusive government rules.

Unions have little public support, and a lot of public animosity.

But mine opinion matters not. The question is whether Donald Trump acts like a Republican or he acts like a chief executive officer as president.

From the Daily Signal:
In six months, the Trump administration plans to produce a plan to shrink the size of government, eliminate programs, and reduce the federal workforce—and is seeking public input on how to proceed.
The memo from Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney directs federal agencies:
"As part of their planning efforts, agencies should focus on fundamental scoping questions (i.e. analyzing whether activities should or should not be performed by the agency), and on improvements to existing business processes."
Requiring agencies to justify their functions is long overdue, said Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute. He said the “scoping” should include determining if activities are “nonessential, whether they violate federalism, and whether they would flunk a cost-benefit test.”
Still, he said the success of the plan could depend on the will of both Congress and political appointees implementing the reforms.
“This could be the best shot we have of eliminating agencies,” Edwards told The Daily Signal. “A lot will depend on the quality of political appointees, and are they committed to smaller government. During the [George W.] Bush administration, a lot of the political appointees were just corporate climbers.”
That is encouraging.

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  1. "And the plan is to cry bloody murder time after time after time, until the Republican president abandons all hope."

    I'm going with "What is Trump tells them to go pound sand, in the private sector" for $1000, Alex".

  2. By definition government employee unions are antithetical to the taxpayers who pay their salaries/wages. The disparity between government and private sector pay and benefits should be setting off alarms. It's time to decertify all government employee unions and adjust government employee pay and benefits down to comparable compensation in the private sector. - Elric

  3. Betting on Trump.
    Don tells me it is the safest bet.
    Problem is, that is what I thought even before I heard of Don Surber's awesome work.
    Happy Easter all.
    (Muslim for Trump)

  4. I visited Washington several years ago and was steamed at the size of some of the office buildings. I picture large rooms of switchboard operators, keypunch machines and stenographers (not the media ones).

  5. Used to be fed civil service was lower paid than their counterparts in the regular economy. That was because fed civil service had the benefit of job security. Later, the inability to attract talent was used as a reason to raise wages. The job-security-benefits nonetheless remained.

  6. "Last year, I retired. You know how much contact I needed with a federal employee to sign up for benefits and set up a direct deposit?"

    Ahh, but the question is, Did you sign up for the right benefits at the right time? There are ways to navigate the system to maximize your and your wife's lifetime SS benefits, and that information is not always easy to get. To most people, it doesn't matter: 2/3rd of retirees sign up for early retirement, garnering the lowest level of benefits over their retirement years. But just try to get good advice from the SS administration on such matters...fuggeddaboutit. To find how you can get the most SS benefits you are entitled by law to receive, you end up having to hire a outside financial consultant. Why should that be the case? Why shouldn't SS offices---the few that still exist---have people available to provide that sort of detailed consultation?

  7. Trump is doing nothing to reduce headcounts and services if necessary in such quasi-government agencies as USPS, Amtrak, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    The Post Office lost $5.6 billion last year, Amtrak generously lost "only" $1.1 billion, by capitalizing track maintenance. Amtrak is reducing costs by deferring maintenance on its infrastructure and rolling stock. The NE trains have an $8 billion maintenance backlog and total capital last year was over $2 billion.

    Worse than these quasi-agencies, Fannie and Freddie get by on cash flow measurements which turned around for the first time in 2014. However, if these GSE's were to answer to budgetary control, instead of using cash inflows to reduce total government spending, these two agencies would cost about $5 billion more in spending.Taxpayers are on the hook right now for $4 trillion in mortgage loan guarantees.

    Time to get out of mail delivery, mass transit and mortgage guarantees. But this is all way over the head of a New York liberal and America's self-appointed chief economist.

    1. Yeah. It's been almost 90 days. Why hasn't that lazy bum fixed everything?? What is his problem?

    2. What's his problem? He spent too much time filling out his March Madness bracket and now he's spending too much time golfing, that's his problem. Damn slacker. [/sarc]

    3. And having those White House celebrity parties with rap star headliners.


  9. I read that Trump lifted the federal hiring freeze. Is that true, or is it Fake News?

  10. I am hoping after he has been in office for awhile that Trump will rescind the executive order that allowed Fed. workers to unionize in the first place. Sheer idiocy. BTW, you need another button. Maybe 'disgusting.'