I'm a senior Trump official and I hope a long shutdown smokes out the 'resistance'
I think even calling the bureaucrats the "resistance" is a bit much. Yes, they are "resisting" change but it's not like the bureaucrats aren't the EMPIRE.
Now, Trump's not Yoda or anything either, don't get us wrong. But let's face it, for all of Trump's silliness and bluster he has met the power of the "deep state" head on. You have to give him credit for that. At least we will. The bureaucracy is the most dangerous thing in Washington DC and that most of the bureaucracy seems to hate Trump indicates that Trump is far from all bad.
The letter begins;
(From 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.
OK, that sounds darn good to us. We should have started culling federal workers in the 1970s. And we are only starting to consider a cleanup now, and because of a government shutdown?
Frankly we don't care a whole lot about a wall. But "smoking out" the paper pushing career meeting circuters in the government? Hey OK. We have long operated in government employee country, within the gravitational pull of the Beltway Death Star, and this senior official is dead on when he or she says government's goal is its own growth at YOUR expense.
It's not YOUR government. Government works for itself. You do get to pay for it however.
When the agency is full, employees held liable for poor performance respond with threats, lawsuits, complaints and process in at least a dozen offices, taking years of mounting paperwork with no fear of accountability, extending their careers, while no real work is done. Do we succumb to such extortion? Yes. We pay them settlements, we waive bad reviews, and we promote them.
Many government agencies have adopted the position that more complaints are good because it shows inclusion in, you guessed it, the process. When complaints come, it is cheaper to pay them off than to hold public servants accountable. The result: People accused of serious offenses are not charged, and self-proclaimed victims are paid by you, the American taxpayer.
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.