Is Trump about to mass fire large numbers of govt employees? In a few days he'll be able to, by law
Probably not. It's pretty hard to imagine Trump just laying off nonessential government employees wholesale. The nation's capital would erupt. Government employees are NEVER supposed to be fired. If one becomes part of the bureaucratic gaggle one is supposed to have a job (and pension) for life. Once a government employee, always a government employee. The thought of nongovernment work, well, it's not a thought many government employees want to contemplate.
In the words of Ray Stanz of the small New York firm The Ghostbusters, "You don't know what it's like out there. I'VE worked in the private sector. They expect RESULTS."
Indeed that is true.
This seems just too crazy to pull, even for Trump. (Not that it shouldn't be done.) But in a few days his hand will be much freer with regard to government employee firing and that might be bad news for the paper pushing class in Washington. (And good news for taxpayers.)
Has President Trump suckered Democrats and the Deep State into a trap that will enable a radical downsizing of the federal bureaucracy? In only five more days of the already "longest government shutdown in history" (25 days and counting, as of today), a heretofore obscure threshold will be reached, enabling permanent layoffs of bureaucrats furloughed 30 days or more.