The new President-elect Donald Trump has a date with Republican-controlled congress. They are “drawing up plans to take on the government bureaucracy they have long rallied against, by eroding job protections and grinding down on benefits that federal workers have received for a generation.”
Hiring freezes, an end to automatic raises, a green light to fire poor performers, a ban on union business on the government’s dime and less generous pensions — these are the contours of the blueprint emerging under Republican control of Washington in January.
These changes were once unthinkable to federal employees, their unions and their supporters in Congress. But Trump’s election as an outsider promising to shake up a system he told voters is awash in “waste, fraud and abuse” has conservatives optimistic that they could do now what Republicans have been unable to do in the 133 years since the civil service was created.
Pro-Trump congressmen like Newt Gingrich have called our nation’s shift “moving to the right and being much more anti-Washington than it was.” He continued, “We’re going to have to get the country to understand how big he problem is, the human costs of it and why it’s absolutely essential to reform.”
This is why Trump has amassed a significant following in America.
He acknowledges how powerful D.C., and how corrupt politicians have become. He wants to rollback the untouchable quality of Capitol Hill, federal bureaucracy, and “crony capitalism.”
No longer will federal employees be hailed as a “privileged class” whose pockets are lined with fat paychecks for slim work.
Trump made big promises for his first 100 days in office. He “promised that…he will freeze hiring by not replacing employees who leave…[and] eliminate two regulations for every new one passed and shut down the Education Department and parts of the Environmental Protection Agency.”
Just these two examples show Trump’s Reagan-like efforts to make a more accountable federal government.