Is there a silver lining in the partial government shutdown?

According to Monica Showalter Thomas Lifson at American Thinker, there may be a ‘trap’ in the government shut down. He says:

Has President Trump suckered Democrats and the Deep State into a trap that will enable a radical downsizing of the federal bureaucracy?  In only five more days of the already “longest government shutdown in history” (25 days and counting, as of today), a heretofore obscure threshold will be reached, enabling permanent layoffs of bureaucrats furloughed 30 days or more.

Don’t believe me that federal bureaucrats can be laid off?  Well, in bureaucratese, a layoff is called a RIF – a Reduction in Force – and of course, it comes with a slew of civil service protections.  But, if the guidelines are followed, bureaucrats can be laid off – as in no more job.  It is all explained by Michael Roberts here (updated after the beginning of the partial shutdown):

Now, the interesting thing here is whether or not the President is aware of and plans to take advantage of this provision in the law. Would he plan to permanently lay off bureaucrats who have been on furlough for more than 30 days? Maybe. It would be tempting. Here is a graph (from the 2013 shutdown), helpfully supplied by SLATE:

Correction, Oct. 1, 2013: This article originally understated the proportion of employees of the Department of Defense who have been furloughed. About 18 percent of the department’s total employees have been furloughed, not 5 percent.

There is an article, posted by an ‘unidentified senior Trump official’,  at the Daily Caller which suggests that it is NOT an accident. Here are some excerpts:

Federal employees are starting to feel the strain of the shutdown. I am one of them. But for the sake of our nation, I hope it lasts a very long time, till the government is changed and can never return to its previous form.

The lapse in appropriations is more than a battle over a wall. It is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good.

On an average day, roughly 15 percent of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country. 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.

Why would they? We can’t fire them. They avoid attention, plan their weekend, schedule vacation, their second job, their next position — some do this in the same position for more than a decade…

Saboteurs peddling opinion as research, tasking their staff on pet projects or pitching wasteful grants to their friends. Most of my career colleagues actively work against the president’s agenda. 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.

Due to the lack of funding, many federal agencies are now operating more effectively from the top down on a fraction of their workforce, with only select essential personnel serving national security tasks. One might think this is how government should function, but bureaucracies operate from the bottom up — a collective of self-generated ideas. Ideas become initiatives, formalize into offices, they seek funds from Congress and become bureaus or sub-agencies, and maybe one day grow to be their own independent agency, like ours. The nature of a big administrative bureaucracy is to grow to serve itself. I watch it and fight it daily…

President Trump can end this abuse.  Senior officials can reprioritize during an extended shutdown, focus on valuable results and weed out the saboteurs.  We do not want most employees to return, because we are working better without them…

The president’s instincts are right. Most Americans will not miss non-essential government functions. A referendum to end government plunder must happen. Wasteful government agencies are fighting for relevance but they will lose. Now is the time to deliver historic change by cutting them down forever.

Monica Thomas issued a Hat Tip to our friend, Clarice Feldman at the end of her article.

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7 Responses to Is there a silver lining in the partial government shutdown?

  1. stella says:

    From a comment at American Thinker (haven’t verified if it would be this easy):

    Executive Order 10988 signed by John Kennedy January 17, 1963 allowed federal unions collective bargaining. Maybe vacating this EO would help the downfall of the public service unions. I am sure it would end up in the courts just like the DACA EO but Trump could use it as leverage against the rats just by tweeting about it.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Lucille says:

    If President Trump vacated Kennedy’s E.O., the present House would simply pass a law allowing unionization of federal workers.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Elaine H says:

      It would still need to pass in the Senate and Republicans hold the majority. The Senate is where House Bills come to die. I’m for smaller government and hope, if this is the plan, that it works.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. auscitizenmom says:

    This is really exciting. I hope it works out.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. The Tundra PA says:

    The article at American Thinker says the author is Thomas Lifson, not Monica Showalter; she apparently added the bar graph from Slate.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Interesting take……if Democrats buy this, it may make for an interesting discussion on wall funding.

    Liked by 1 person

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