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America’s morbidly obese federal bureaucracy is figuratively the giant that’s so big, it can’t even tie its own shoes.
Just one example: The Department of Defense has more civilian workers than those actually in uniform.
But in another spectacularly innovative move, President Trump’s campaign promise of a smaller but more efficient federal government is in the works.
As reported by Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner, “President Trump plans to take the huge federal Civil Service off cruise control, ending automatic pay increases that go to 99.7 percent of the workforce, trimming fat benefit packages, and for the ‘worst,’ rolling out his trademark phrase from The Apprentice, ‘You’re fired!'”
Among the changes in the president’s proposed budget:
- Creation of a bonus pool to reward good employees.
- An end to so-called “step increases,” pay hikes of 3 percent to 5 percent that 99.7 percent of federal workers get even if they are poor performers.
- Changes to the overall pay package, with a focus on generous retirement benefits, that align federal pay to the private world.
- Retraining of employees.
- Redeploying workers where they are needed.
Bedard also reported that besides decades worth of presidents promising change, “officials stressed that there is bipartisan support on Capitol Hill for the needed legal changes to make the reforms, backing by federal unions and even encouragement in agencies who feel bad workers are rewarded and good ones are ignored.”
Even more good news was reported by the Washington Examiner;
The officials, speaking on background, did not say how large or small they expect the bureaucracy to be after the three-year reform effort, but it was clear that many workers in jobs that private industry has automated will be out.
And it was also clear that the workforce will be younger, mobile and more tech-savvy. Several times the officials noted that the Civil Services was created at a time when secretarial help was key and now higher-educated IT employees are needed.
This can only bode well for the future of America.
As Walter Olson of the none-too-Trump-friendly National Review objectively noted, the rush to judgement against Trump certainly “made for great copy — irresistibly clickable and compulsively shareable.”
Only one problem — none of it was true.
With a Time headline of “Trump Proposed Budget Eliminates Funds for Meals on Wheels” and The Hill garnering 26,000 shares online from their fake reporting, the Left-leaning media certainly thought they’d snagged the president on a rather large gotchya moment.
But it was false. And it wouldn’t have taken long for reporters to find and provide some needed context to the relationship between federal block grant programs, specifically Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), and the popular Meals on Wheels program.
I started on the organization’s own website. From Thursday’s conversation in the press, it was easy to assume that block grant programs — CDBG and similar block grants for community services and social services — are the main source of federal funding for Meals on Wheels. Not so.
Instead, as the national site explains, the major source of federal funding for the programs, accounting for 35 percent of overall local budgets, comes through the Sixties-era Older Americans Act. (Local programs also obtain support from state and county governments, private donors, and so on.)
According to the website, cuts have not been announced in Older Americans Act funding, although the group fears that they may lie ahead.
Notice the key word in the last sentence is “may,” not “will.”
But I digress. Yet another screaming example of the MSM’s is the schizophrenic excuse of reporting, Gregory Korte of USA Today has as the caption of the article’s main photograph;
Meals on Wheels, the popular service that provides food to the elderly, faces a sharp funding cut under President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.
Curiously, the very first sentence in the article proper is;
President Trump’s first budget proposal to Congress last week specifically identified steep cuts to hundreds of domestic programs, but Meals on Wheels wasn’t one of them.
“This is the worst kind of example of a shady, backroom deal.” – Colonel Michael Barron, US Army (Ret.)
House Speaker and Obama lapdog Paul Ryan made quite the noise regarding his support for military veterans when he spoke at the RNC on July, 19, 2016:
“… and giving our veterans the care that they were promised and the care that they earned.”