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Civil Servants Forget They Serve Elected Government

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A Service Employees International Union (SEIU) "One Nation Working Together" rally in Beclkey, W. Va. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

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The U.S. is the only nation on earth where the saboteurs are both well paid and impossible to fire. Some nations call them spies, other nations — Iran comes to mind — claim they are Zionists, but here at home we call them public servants.

Federal employees have decided they are the fourth branch of government and if you can believe the opposition media, they intend to do what they can to make the Trump presidency a failure.

As Steven Hayward has written, "That bureaucratic government is the partisan instrument of the Democratic Party is the most obvious, yet least remarked upon, trait of our time."

This is why it’s not surprising The New York Times writes, "Across the vast federal bureaucracy, Donald J. Trump’s arrival in the White House has spread anxiety, frustration, fear and resistance among many of the two million nonpolitical civil servants who say they work for the public, not a particular president."

That concept is a convenient misunderstanding of the role of public employees by pretentious public employees. "Working for the public" means they are claiming to work for a concept. One that doesn’t issue annual performance reviews or provide direct supervision.

These "non-political" public employees — who just happened to send an astonishing 95 percent of their presidential campaign contributions to Pantsuit Nation in 2016 — will now claim to act as oracles who can divine the will of "public" and formulate appropriate policy.

If they get their way, it will be the Obama administration all over again without the annoying self-regard and afternoon tee times.

Unfortunately for these trumped-up petty bureaucrats, they don't work for the public," they work for the representative of the public selected in the last presidential election.

And this "particular president" would be Donald J. Trump — like it or not.

According to The New York Times, they most certainly don’t like it, "At the Environmental Protection Agency, a group of scientists strategized this past week about how to slow-walk President Trump’s environmental orders without being fired.

"At the United States Digital Service — the youthful cadre of employees who left jobs at Google, Facebook, or Microsoft to join the Obama administration — workers are debating how to stop Mr. Trump should he want to use the databases they made more efficient to target specific immigrant groups."

This is simple insubordination that should result in summary firing, as it would in the private sector. Instead among much of the Republican intelligentsia there seems to be a sense of resignation and appeasement.

Writing in Commentary, Tevi Troy describes "the lifetime tenure rules — technically known as 'civil-service protections.' These rules made it exceedingly difficult to fire even obstinate and uncooperative career officials."

No wonder Washington, D.C.  isn’t outraged about open borders.

The illegals aren’t taking GS–12 jobs in the Labor Department.

Troy doesn’t advise the incoming Trump administration to change lifetime employment rules, instead he advises Trump appointees to find open-minded employees, which sounds to me like the search for the moderate mullahs.

This is nuts. Why should recalcitrant public servants enjoy job security that’s denied the people who pay their salary?

Trump says he wants to cut the federal workforce by 20 percent, but it’s important he cut the right 20 percent. The Cato Institute found "federal workers are virtually never fired for poor performance." That must change, and to make the change rules that govern federal employment must change, too.

Any reform of civil service rules will be fought by federal employee unions and Democrats, since the federal workforce is the employment and job-creation arm of the party.

Even the slightest change to the current lifetime tenure regime will be characterized as an ISIS-like purge of the federal workforce.

The only OSHA standing between heroic employees and decapitation.

In an effort to neuter some of the hysteria, I propose the civil service reform copy almost word for word the human resources policies of Costco or Starbucks.

Both companies are successful, leftist and best of all, not Walmart. It will be difficult for even hypocritical Democrats to criticize new civil service rules as North Korean-like, death by anti-aircraft gun inhumanity when the rules are identical to the policy used by a major party contributor.

It won’t be an ideal reform, but it will certainly be an improvement over the current situation.

Once that passes,Trump can move on to requiring re–certification elections for unions representing federal employees every two years and also require individual employees to approve the expenditure of dues money on political campaigns.

Public employees aren’t an independent force providing yet another check and balance for the government. They are an arm of the executive branch and should be doing the bidding of the elected head of government.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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