Nearly one year into his first term, President Donald Trump has managed to catapult a unified Democrat opposition and still accomplish many important objectives.
One of them has been to create jobs and jump-start the economy. It’s hard to argue about Trump’s success with the stock market at record levels and the just-passed tax reform bill allowing companies to give their employees holiday bonuses and announce hiring increases.
There are some however who aren’t happy with the Trump agenda: workers within the bloated federal bureaucracy who are facing a future where they will no longer be able to leech off of the taxpayers but have to go out and find productive employment in the private sector.
Thousands of government jobs have been dropped as the Trump administration has moved to cut the fat from the bloated government beast.
— The Briefing Room (@TheBFRoom) December 31, 2017
A number of key federal agencies have seen their staff numbers decrease under the Trump administration, according to a report from The Washington Post.
The Post reported that every Cabinet agency has seen their permanent staff numbers shrink under Trump, with the exception of the departments of Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Interior.
The staff cuts represented a fulfillment of President Trump’s campaign promise to make cuts in the federal bureaucracy and reverse former President Obama’s hiring expansion.
Trump is set to announce new cuts as part of the 2019 budget, which is aimed at decreasing the deficit to pay for the recently passed GOP-backed tax law.
White House spokesman Raj Shah told the Post that the president “is committed to streamlining government for the 21st century, reducing bloat, duplication and waste, and focusing resources on key priorities like public safety and protecting our nation’s homeland.”
According to the Washington Post report referenced by The Hill “How the Trump era is changing the federal bureaucracy”:
Nearly a year into his takeover of Washington, President Trump has made a significant down payment on his campaign pledge to shrink the federal bureaucracy, a shift long sought by conservatives that could eventually bring the workforce down to levels not seen in decades.
By the end of September, all Cabinet departments except Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and Interior had fewer permanent staff than when Trump took office in January — with most shedding many hundreds of employees, according to an analysis of federal personnel data by The Washington Post.
The diminishing federal footprint comes after Trump promised in last year’s campaign to “cut so much your head will spin,” and it reverses a boost in hiring under President Barack Obama. The falloff has been driven by an exodus of civil servants, a diminished corps of political appointees and an effective hiring freeze.
Trump already has begun to reverse the growth of the Obama era, when the government added a total of 188,000 permanent employees, according to Office of Personnel Management data.
By the end of September, the federal government had 1.94 million permanent workers, down nearly 16,000 overall since the beginning of the year, according to the most recent OPM data. In the first nine months of 2009, Obama’s first year in office, the government added 68,000 permanent employees, growing to 1.84 million.
The last time federal employment dropped during a president’s first year, President Bill Clinton was in the White House.
The WAPO piece is extensive and as could be expected, has a good degree of bias towards the shrinking of the bureaucracy – those people are their subscribers.
It should be noted that according to Forbes, five of the top ten richest counties are within an hour’s drive to Washington, there is a lot of money to be made off of big government.
Trump has an opportunity to be almost like Ronald Reagan in seeing the bloated beast on the Potomac as a part of the problem and not a part of the solution.