Washington Post Very Upset Over Trump EO Which Allows Many Federal Bureaucrats To Be Fired Like In Private Sector

When it comes to being a federal employee, it is almost impossible to fire them, even with gross incompetence/wrongdoing. They are highly protected, their unions keep them safe, and their unions have essentially had their contracts backed by elected Democrats, who then receive lots of campaign cash. Why do federal workers even need a union? Isn’t a union meant to protect employees from bad bosses? Democrats say government is awesome! Anyhow, the Washington Post Editorial Board is Upset

Trump’s newest executive order could prove one of his most insidious

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S newest executive order, signed without fanfare this week, could prove one of his most insidious.

The directive from the White House, issued late Wednesday, sounds technical: creating a new “Schedule F” within the “excepted service” of the federal government for employees in policymaking roles, and directing agencies to determine who qualifies. Its implications, however, are profound and alarming. It gives those in power the authority to fire more or less at will as many as tens of thousands of workers currently in the competitive civil service, from managers to lawyers to economists to, yes, scientists. This week’s order is a major salvo in the president’s onslaught against the cadre of dedicated civil servants whom he calls the “deep state” — and who are really the greatest strength of the U.S. government.

The administration grounds its action in the need to rid itself of “poor performers.” Certainly, there’s room for reform to the cumbersome process required to remove those who fall short of standards. But this president’s criteria for determining satisfactory performance begin and end with personal loyalty. The White House admitted last winter to seeking to purge from payrolls those deemed insufficiently reliable — the “bad people,” in Mr. Trump’s words. The protections for career civil servants currently in place at least put some roadblocks on that path, hence this legally dubious plan to erase those protections with a touch of organizational sleight of hand. Not only will politically motivated firing become easier, but it will also be easier to hire those who meet Mr. Trump’s standards: obsequiousness and, more often than not, a lack of qualifications. With no competitive process in place, leaders can appoint whom they please — or rather, who pleases them.

In other words, federal government employees will learn what it’s like to work in the private sector, where doing the wrong thing can get you fired. Where working against your company can get your fired quickly. Federal employees in these positions work at the direction of the president in office, and those the president appoints to head agencies. If they don’t like that, they can leave. If they want to stay, they can do as directed (except if the orders are illegal/against agency mission). If they want to use their positions to get uber-political and hurt the sitting president and their administration, they’ll be fired. That the WPEB is so upset by this EO is proof that it is needed.

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7 Responses to “Washington Post Very Upset Over Trump EO Which Allows Many Federal Bureaucrats To Be Fired Like In Private Sector”

  1. Hairy says:

    Teach seems yo want yo return to the “spoils system” which existed before it was regulated by civil service law
    The POTUS would fire all federal employees and appoint his own political favorites
    Trump wants to become an emperor with unlimited powers

    • gitarcarver says:

      Hairy wants the people’s taxes to go to incompetent workers that cannot be terminated.

      One of the most high profile agencies with this problem is the VA. Despite employees breaking policies and procedures, despite employees breaking the law, these same employees cannot be terminated without a long process.

      But Hairy likes to protect the incompetent as he writes from his mother’s basement.

    • alanstorm says:

      “Teach seems yo want yo return to the “spoils system” which existed before it was regulated by civil service law”

      Evidence? Getting rid of the current poor system does not automatically mean a return to the previous one, but that sounds like Liberal Logic (pat. pending) to me.

  2. Kentucky Headhunter says:

    Why should government employees get to live relative lives of ease all paid for by working citizens.

    There’s no such thing as civil servants. They’re not Priests of Apollo or Vestal Virgins.

    “Personally, I liked the government. They gave us money and facilities, we didn’t have to produce anything! You’ve never been out of government! You don’t know what it’s like out there! I’ve WORKED in the private sector. They expect results.”

  3. formwiz says:

    OT, but what the hey, Trump’s approval with likely black voters 46% after the debate.

    Ruh roh. Likely black voters.

    Sweep? How many states the Demos think they own are because of urban blacks?

    • Est1950 says:

      Frank Luntz a GOP pollster who on Election night in 2016 declared he was done with the GOP and renounced the party.

      The same guy who arrived with hat in hand to Fox news telling them that Trump is going to win and then goes on CNBC and tells them Biden is going to win.

      The same guy who said he was wrong cause it was costing him a lot of money to not have half the country wanting his services.

      Rasmussen said Trump was down by some ungodly spread and then had the nerve to say he was only going to get 76 percent of the GOP vote despite getting 94 percent of it in the primary. 76 percent would be the worst showing since Bush Sr. who was running against Perot as a GOP third party candidate whose only desire was to punish Bush Sr. for not letting him ride to Vietnam and rescue the boys in prison camps. Imagine that Another Billionaire Trying to destroy the GOP because they don’t play by their rules.

      The polls are crap. A lie. Bought and paid for by billionaires and while Biden could still win, I No longer have an ounce of faith in most of them and just like Judge Napolitano who goes on Fox and tells the right what they want to hear only to be on MSNBC the next day telling the opposite story and throwing Trump in prison.

      Our country is a mess and as George Bush Jr. said. I don’t run the country, I just do what I am told. Joe Biden won’t run the country. George Soros, Bernie Sanders and Chairman XI will run our country. Welcome to Maoist Communism folks. If anyone thinks Biden will not waltz to the batshit crazy left after elected they are in for a rude shock.

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