In an anonymous op-ed forÂ The Daily Caller, someone claiming to be a â€œsenior Trump officialâ€ who is â€œworking without a paycheckâ€ came out in staunch support of the presidentâ€™s continuing strategy of keeping the partial government shutdown in place while he waits for majority Democrats in the House to negotiate a deal with him that includes funding for his border wall.
But the official is not writing in support of the presidentâ€™s policy per se. He/she has another motivation: To strip the government of dead weight, saving taxpayers billions in payroll and regulatory costs, while paring down government to a more manageable, functional, responsive entity.
â€œAs one of the senior officials working without a paycheck, a few words of advice for the presidentâ€™s next move at shuttered government agencies: lock the doors, sell the furniture, and cut them down,â€Â the official writes.
â€œFederal 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,â€ the official noted further.
On any given day, the official continued, â€œroughly 15 percentâ€ of workers he/she comes in contact with are very good, very conscientious, and patriotic servants of We the People who deserve larger salaries for the great work they perform.
But â€œ80 percentâ€ of the rest lack motivation and work ethic and are under â€œno pressureâ€ whatsoever to be productive on behalf of the country and its people. The official notes that if the vast majority of federal workers he/she sees daily donâ€™t want to do what theyâ€™re told, they donâ€™t â€” and because of federal employment rules itâ€™s virtually impossible to get rid of them.
â€œThey avoid attention, plan their weekend, schedule vacation, their second job, their next position â€” some do this in the same position for more than a decade,â€ the official writes in what is, no doubt, a scathing indictment of fat, bloatedÂ big government.
These federal employees, the official notes, donâ€™t really do anything that would warrant their firing, but they arenâ€™t doing anything of value, either. They coast through days â€œadministering, refining, following and collaborating on process,â€ the official wrote.
Worse, the bureaucracy is stifling as well. Before even basic, inconsequential things can be accomplished they must first be signed off on by a plethora of low-to-mid-ranking officials, agencies, and â€œwork units.â€
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â€œProcess is what we serve, process keeps us safe, process is our core value,â€ the official wrote. â€œIt takes a lot of people to maintain the process. Process provides jobs.â€
Whatâ€™s more, this process is so intensive that even low-level staffers can obstruct a presidentâ€™s policy initiatives by bogging it down or simply ignoring it. There are even â€œprocess experts and certified process managers who protect the process,â€ the official writes.
Employees cannot even be held liable for poor performances. They respond with â€œthreats, lawsuits, complaints and processâ€ that takes years to adjudicate. In the end, most are paid off or promoted, while bad reviews are waived.
Worse, â€œmost of my career colleagues actively work against the presidentâ€™s agenda,â€ notes the official, adding that he/she spent 15 percent of each day working to enact POTUSâ€™ policies and â€œ85 percentâ€¦trying to stop sabotage â€” and we have no power to get rid ofâ€ these employees.
That is until the shutdown occurred. Now, the official notes, several federal agencies are operating much more efficiently because they have â€œa fractionâ€ of their previous workforces.
â€œButÂ President Trump can end this abuse. Senior officials can reprioritize during an extended shutdown, focus on valuable results and weed out the saboteurs,â€ the official wrote. â€œWe do not want most employees to return because we are working better without them.â€Â — J. D. Heyes
A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.
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