Donald Trump, Jr. noticed and retweeted an anonymous writer’s op-ed in the The Daily Calller from someone who claimed to be a senior official in the White House. The website said it knows the person’s identity, but if it were released, that might get the individual fired. Perhaps, if it were released, the author’s employees would make life more than miserable, and here is why.
Any senior official might be better able to suffer a long period without a paycheck. Keeping that in mind, the author urged Donald Trump to keep the government shutdown “a very long time.” The employee recommended that the president “lock the doors, sell the furniture, and cut them down.’ His case was that his coworkers are lazy, undermining the president, and part of some “resistance.”
Apparently, the individual believed in small government, saying:
‘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.’
Donald Trump Jr. retweeted this:
‘Worth the read. I’m A Senior Trump Official, And I Hope A Long Shutdown Smokes Out The Resistance’
The individual’s recommendations were:
‘The first thing we need out of this is better security, particularly at the southern border. Our founders envisioned a free market night watchman state, not the bungled bloated bureaucracy our government has become. But we have to keep the uniformed officers paid, which is an emergency. Ideally, continue a resolution to pay the essential employees only, if they are truly working on national security. Furloughed employees should find other work, never return and not be paid.’
Then, the writer sucked up to the president even further with his second suggestion, saying Jr.’s father would “achieve something great.” The employee claimed that only Reagan was “bold enough to dream” of something as wonderful:
‘Secondly, we need savings for taxpayers. If this fight is merely rhetorical bickering with Nancy Pelosi, we all lose, especially the president. But if it proves that government is better when smaller, focusing only on essential functions that serve Americans, then President Trump will achieve something great that Reagan was only bold enough to dream.
‘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.’
It appeared that the employee took issue with his coworkers, calling them “saboteurs and resistance leaders.” He suggested Trump was being undermined by them and gave the president an excuse to fire them:
‘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.
‘When the agency is full, employees held liable for poor performance respond with threats, lawsuits, complaints and process in at least a dozen offices, taking years of mounting paperwork with no fear of accountability, extending their careers, while no real work is done. Do we succumb to such extortion? Yes. We pay them settlements, we waive bad reviews, and we promote them.’
Then, this loyal government Trumpee made his final suggestion:
‘The president should add to his demands, including a vote on all of his political nominees in the Senate. Send the career appointees back. Many are in the 5 percent of saboteurs and resistance leaders. A word of caution: To be a victory, this shutdown must be different than those of the past and should achieve lasting disruption with two major changes, or it will hurt the president.
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