White House Official Exposes the federal Government in anonymous op ed

The government shut down is a clear insight into the massive over spending and abuse of budget that allows the US taxpayer to suffer under the weight of the government's fiscal mismanagement!

I’M A SENIOR TRUMP OFFICIAL, AND I HOPE A LONG SHUTDOWN SMOKES OUT THE RESISTANCE

10:00 AM 01/14/2019 | OPINION
Senior Trump Official | Contributor

The Daily Caller is taking the rare step of publishing this anonymous op-ed at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose career would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

As one of the senior officials working without a paycheck, a few words of advice for the president’s next move at shuttered government agencies: lock the doors, sell the furniture, and cut them down.

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. (RELATED: diGenova and Toensing: Judge Napolitano Is Wrong On The La...)

They do nothing that warrants punishment and nothing of external value. That is their workday: errands for the sake of errands — administering, refining, following and collaborating on process. “Process is your friend” is what delusional civil servants tell themselves. Even senior officials must gain approval from every rank across their department, other agencies and work units for basic administrative chores.

Process is what we serve, process keeps us safe, process is our core value. It takes a lot of people to maintain the process. Process provides jobs. In fact, there are process experts and certified process managers who protect the process. Then there are the 5 percent with moxie (career managers). At any given time they can change, clarify or add to the process — even to distort or block policy counsel for the president.

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. (RELATED: Has Twitter Stopped verifying Fox News staffers?)

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.

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.

Many government agencies have adopted the position that more complaints are good because it shows inclusion in, you guessed it, the process. When complaints come, it is cheaper to pay them off than to hold public servants accountable. The result: People accused of serious offenses are not charged, and self-proclaimed victims are paid by you, the American taxpayer.

The message to federal supervisors is clear. Maintain the status quo, or face allegations. Many federal employees truly believe that doing tasks more efficiently and cutting out waste, by closing troubled programs instead of expanding them, “is morally wrong,” as one cried to me.

I get it. These are their pets. It is tough to put them down and let go, and many resist. This phenomenon was best summed up by a colleague who said, “The goal in government is to do nothing. If you try to get things done, that’s when you will run into trouble.” (RELATED: If Ginsburg Retires, Democrats Have A Trump Card — Packing...)

But 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. 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.

President Trump has created more jobs in the private sector than the furloughed federal workforce. Now that we are shut down, not only are we identifying and eliminating much of the sabotage and waste, but we are finally working on the president’s agenda.

President Trump does not need Congress to address the border emergency, and yes, it is an emergency. Billions upon billions of hard-earned tax dollars are still being dumped into foreign aid programs every year that do nothing for America’s interest or national security. The president does not need congressional funding to deconstruct abusive agencies who work against his agenda. This is a chance to effect real change, and his leverage grows stronger every day the shutdown lasts.

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. (RELATED: New Facts Indicate Mueller Destroyed Evidence, Obstructed...

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.

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.

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.

The author is a senior official in the Trump administration.

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Comment by Nazda Pokmov on January 16, 2019 at 9:49pm

Donald Trump is the CEO of America, Inc.  It is HIS choice to shut down the agencies he did.  He wants less govt....not the Dimbulb MORE version that's prevailed for how many years......He is the one to LEAD our country now....not Nancy or Chuckiepoo....they were not elected POTUS....but just members of Congress and the Senate.....huge difference.  If this shutdown goes past the 30 days....THEN a LOT of folks will be out of work permanently and have to actually work for a living in the private sector as their cushy govt do nothing all day job will be GONE!!!!  I can tell you that without a doubt there are many, many saboteurs in our govt right now.  They are the ones who hold DUAL citizenship with Israel!!!!  GET RID OF THEM and you solve a hellava lot of problems RIGHT THERE.  I could name names but I'd be here all night typing them out.  There are more of these weasels in our govt than you can even begin to imagine....!!!

Comment by Central Scrutinizer on January 16, 2019 at 1:14pm

just be glad u weren't Illegal Alien "Probed" ....w00t!

Comment by Doc Vega on January 16, 2019 at 1:04pm

Typo on El Chapo's seized funds they are 14 billion. I was head butted by an illegal alien while typing!

Comment by Doc Vega on January 16, 2019 at 12:53pm

Raz Putin Listen up. Here are the facts. Trump brings back 40 billion from his meeting with NATO partners to America first time any president ever did that! El Chapo's 145 billion seized from his over the border drug operation! Trump found several billion that hadn't been spent out of Obama's 787 billion dollar bailout that he wanted to return to the people and pay down the debt with Congress wouldn't let him! Neither Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell would ever bring a vote for the wall to the floor in 2 years! Yet, the government can spend 71 billion on AMTRAK a failing public railway with several deadly derailments! Trump has 300 major accomplishments in just 2 years while Obama jerked off on his Tranny Manchelle for 8 years and got nothing done! Stop trashing the only leader we've had in 2 decades that's done any good for the US! The Democrats are responsible for this shit along with their GOP suck buddies!

Comment by Doc Vega on January 16, 2019 at 12:51pm

christine kelly You're way off the mark! Trump brings back 40 billion from his meeting with NATO partners to America first time any president ever did that! El Chapo's 145 billion seized from his over the border drug operation! Trump found several billion that hadn't been spent out of Obama's 787 billion dollar bailout that he wanted to return to the people and pay down the debt with Congress wouldn't let him! Neither Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell would ever bring a vote for the wall to the floor in 2 years! Yet, the government can spend 71 billion on AMTRAK a failing public railway with several deadly derailments! Trump has 300 major accomplishments in just 2 years while Obama jerked off on his Tranny Manchelle for 8 years and got nothing done! Stop trashing the only leader we've had in 2 decades that's done any good for the US!

Comment by Raz Putin on January 16, 2019 at 9:07am

"Trump Orders 46,000 Furloughed Federal Workers To Return To Work"

As the partial government shutdown enters its 26th day, President Trump has ordered thousands of furloughed government workers to return to work - knowing that they will not be paid until after the shutdown ends - to restart government functions like inspecting planes, auctioning off offshore drilling rights, monitoring food safety and issuing tax refunds.

A Trump Administration contingency plan released Tuesday calls for 46,000 worker  to return to work, joining the ranks of 420,000 "essential" federal workers who have been working through the shutdown (though they have been forgoing their paychecks at least until the funding is approved).

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But according to Bloomberg, critics of the administration are arguing that ordering some employees to return to work constitutes a violation of the 1870 Antideficiency Act, which prohibits federal agencies from spending money that hasn't been explicitly appropriated by Congress unless it's literally a matter of life and death.

But in skirting the boundaries of the law, Trump enjoys one key advantage: Nobody has ever been sued for violating the act, and ultimately the authority to challenge the administration would like with the Department of Justice, which is - you guessed it - currently shut down.

Critics say the Trump administration is skirting federal law by continuing some functions amid the political stalemate between congressional Democrats and Trump over whether to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. A 149-year-old law bars agencies from spending money Congress hasn’t given to them, with only limited exceptions for “emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property.”

“This administration is being creative in its ability to break the law and test the boundaries,” said Sam Berger, a senior adviser at the Center for American Progress who worked at the Office of Management and Budget under former President Barack Obama.

“They are really walking up to and past that line,” Berger said. “It’s clear they are making political calls, and they aren’t letting decisions be dictated by sound management, by the law or by really anything other than the next 10 minutes of news coverage and how they can win the day.”

Though in a ray of hope that will likely prevent workers from quitting en masse, Trump is expected to sign a law compensating workers with back pay for their unpaid work - after the shutdown ends. In the latest defeat for federal workers, a federal judge on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit filed by several unions seeking to compel the federal government to pay workers during the shutdown.

The National Treasury Employees Union is suing the federal government for making those employees work without pay,

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-16/trump-orders-42000-furlou...

Comment by christine kelly on January 16, 2019 at 6:53am

 more stupidity.   the ones suffering are the ones with no pay checks,next its the  poor and working poor    without  their food stamps.    the way  to effect govt  change is  not   by  withholding  workers   pay . it  by  rebooting the   govt. that includes removing the loud mouthed bully  in chief  who thinks he is   a dictator.

Comment by Boris on January 15, 2019 at 3:42pm

Fan fn tastic

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