President Trump continues to make good on campaign promises and advance his agenda despite all of the noise and disinformation coming from the mainstream media.
One of Trump’s most popular campaign slogans was to “Drain the Swamp,” which in addition to the corrupt elements of the Deep State and K-Street lobbyists, also extended to a bloated and redundant federal bureaucracy.
Only weeks away from his first anniversary of taking office, Trump is already shrinking government as promised.
This is not welcome news to many of those who have made a very good living as workers in Imperial Washington and who may soon need to go out and find gainful employment.
— BenGarrison Cartoons (@GrrrGraphics) December 29, 2017
Via the Washington Post “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.
Even though Congress did not pass a new budget in his first year, the drastic spending cuts Trump laid out in the spring — which would slash more than 30 percent of funding at some agencies — also has triggered a spending slowdown, according to officials at multiple departments.
There is a very good reason why so much hostility exists towards Trump from within the Beltway. Too many people have a serious financial stake in seeing his administration weakened by any and all means necessary. Thus the cheer-leading for unaccountable witch-hunter Robert Mueller and his personal and highly partisan Gestapo filled with Obama-Clinton loyalists.
Few American taxpayers are aware of the bloated monstrosity that Leviathan on the Potomac has become, beginning with the post-9/11 surveillance-security gold rush and then the big government mania of the Obama years.
It is not surprising that according to Forbes, half of the ten richest counties are within an hour’s drive to Washington D.C. Trump is just the man who can jump start the process of peeling some of the leeches off of the backs of Americans who are shaken down to fund this racket.
Back to the WAPO:
In a statement, White House spokesman Raj Shah said Trump “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.”
Conservatives who have long pushed for smaller government are cheered by the developments.
“This is going very well,” said anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, who famously once quipped that he wanted to shrink government small enough so he could “drown it in the bathtub.”
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.
As former President Ronald Reagan famously remarked, “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” Judging from Trump’s first year, he has the potential to be Reaganesque.