President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly begun looking at government spending cuts that could include slashing up to 20 percent of the federal behemoth’s coddled workforce.
“Insiders said that the spending reductions in some departments could go as high as 10 percent and staff cuts to 20 percent, numbers that would rock Washington if he follows through,” the Washington Examiner reported, citing anonymous sources. “The cuts would target discretionary spending, not mandated programs such as Medicare or Social Security, the sources said.”
The goal of these cuts would reportedly be to help fund the president-elect’s proposed tax cuts, pay for his planned southern border well and offset increases in defense spending.
According to the Examiner, the plan was being cheered “in conservative, anti-tax and anti-spending corners in Washington,” where Republicans have long sought to downsize government bureaucracy.
As noted by The Washington Times early last year, the size of the federal workforce has hit a record high of 1.4 million under President Barack Obama, who had reportedly reversed a trend started by former President Bill Clinton to “cut government in part by outsourcing the work of federal employees and hiring contractors to do their jobs.”
“Obama has worked hard to insource them again, as his union allies have pushed for,” Chris Edwards, director of tax policy at the Cato Institute, remarked at the time.
Likewise, Trump was slated to face massive opposition from both the Democrat Party and its union buddies, all of whom have traditionally prioritized their own selfish concerns over the betterment of the nation and its government.
According to The Washington Post, the president-elect also planned to impose “(h)iring 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.”
Combined, these policies could greatly reduce government spending and also add a much-needed level of accountability to the system, which is why liberal Democrats, union bosses and incompetent federal workers dislike them.
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