This individual, who like many others is currently working without a paycheck, offered up succinct and to-the-point advice for the president: Keep the shutdown going in order to eliminate all the waste – and never look back. In so many words, this federal employee wants every American to know that, despite all the bellyaching by the "resistance," this shutdown is a good thing for the country.
Though the crux of the issue, at least on the surface, is a left-versus-right squabble over border security and Trump's request for wall funding, this federal employee sees it as a unique opportunity to greatly reduce the size of government – which is long overdue, this individual says, having witnessed firsthand the unprecedented amount of dead weight occupying our nation's federal agencies.
"On an average day, roughly 15 percent of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country," this person contends. "I wish I could give competitive salaries to them and no one else. But 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results. If they don't feel like doing what they are told they don't."
Because it's an incredibly difficult feat to successfully fire lazy, and for all intents and purposes worthless, federal employees without facing lawsuits or other negative repercussions, much of this dead weight remains in a perpetual state of uselessness, sometimes for decades. And thanks to that pesky resistance, some of this dead weight actually spends its time actively working against the president – all on the taxpayers' dime.
"Most of my career colleagues actively work against the president's agenda," this individual says. "This means I typically spend about 15 percent of my time on the president's agenda and 85 percent of my time trying to stop sabotage, and we have no power to get rid of them. Until the shutdown."
As it turns out, the government shutdown has actually made many federal agencies more efficient, cutting out all the dead weight and streamlining things that actually need to get done for the best interests of the country. This individual describes it as a reprioritization that's allowing those who actually work to "focus on valuable results and weed out the saboteurs."
"We do not want most employees to return, because we are working better without them," this individual says.
"Sure, we empathize with families making tough financial decisions, like mine, and just like private citizens who have to find other work and bring competitive value every day, while paying more than a third of their salary in federal taxes."
Thanks to President Trump's successful efforts to bring many manufacturing jobs back to the United States, the economy is booming like it hasn't in quite a long time. But there's still a whole lot more work to do – work that will get done a whole lot faster, and with far less resistance, the longer the shutdown occurs.
"The president does not need congressional funding to deconstruct abusive agencies who work against his agenda," this individual writes. "This is a chance to effect real change, and his leverage grows stronger every day the shutdown lasts."
Be sure to read the full op-ed at The Daily Caller.
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