The term “government employee” has become synonymous with lazy, subpar, bureaucratic nonsense, and a host of other unflattering adjectives. If you are like me and deal with various federal, county, and state offices on a daily basis, it can be rather frustrating. While there are certainly good folks to be sure, it seems in some offices and entities that is just simply not the norm.
Now President Donald Trump is proposing to make some much-needed changes to the federal civilian workforce with his 2019 budget. To those employees not measuring up or pulling their weight, this could spell doom for them. The budget is set to be released on Monday and is purported to contain some of the biggest reforms to the government workforce in decades. President Trump’s efforts to wrangle the bureaucracy fulfill a key campaign promise of the businessman president, who pledged a hiring freeze to shrink the cost of government and reduce regulation.
Among the changes proposed:
- Creation of a bonus pool to reward good employees.
- An end to so-called “step increases,” pay hikes of 3% to 5% that 99.7% of federal workers get even if they are poor performers.
- Changes to the overall pay package, with a focus on generous retirement benefits, that align federal pay to the private world.
- Retraining of employees.
- Redeploying workers where they are needed.
The White House is purposing to change how more than 1.5 million federal workers are paid with a merit-based system. The proposed system would emphasize performance-based raises instead of the current system that generally increases pay based on tenure. The proposal would slow tenure-based increases, generating $10 billion over 10 years for performance-based payments. Then the subject of benefits, now currently 47% higher than in the private workforce, according to a congressional report, will be trimmed back in line with the private sector.
Many are touting it as “the most ambitious proposal to overhaul the civil service in 40 years” as President Trump proposes what is the norm in many private sector companies. Simply put, he is proposing to “hire the best and fire the worst.”
President Trump briefly alluded the proposal in his State of the Union address last week when he stated – “Tonight, I call on Congress to empower every Cabinet Secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.”
President Trump is using the VA Accountability Act, which gave the Secretary of Veterans Affairs greater authority to fire and discipline workers, as a model for this newest proposal. The White House reports the VA Accountability Act resulted in the dismissal of 1,470 employees, the suspension of 443, demotions for 83 others last year.
Another portion of the upcoming proposal plans to reduce automatic pay increases and instead use that money for a performance bonus pool. Currently, federal employees get a review every one to three years. Employees whose performance is “fully successful” — as 99.7% are — get a within-grade “step” increase in addition to annual cost-of-living increases.
Reforms have been introduced in the past but opposition from the biggest workforce in the country often resist change, fighting any effort to be accountable to the very American people that pay their salaries.
Critics claim these bonus will be used to reward loyalists and lackeys and be used to discriminate against minorities and women. American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox claims President Trump is using this proposal as a means for “political revenge” stating – “While to some people those are code words, they’re very clear to us. Basically, it wipes out due process rights for employees. He seems to be interested in political revenge by firing people. The government is not a family business that you get to be in total control of.”
Proponents of the proposal say that is not the case and instead state the overall goal is to bring the 1950s-styled Civil Service into the digital age, introduce automation, reward “the best” with bonuses, make it easier to hire and fire and provide “flexibility” by moving employees where they are needed and even rehiring skilled retirees.
USA Today details just how difficult this proposal might be to carry out though as many have come before President Trump and failed to do the same –
“Since President Jimmy Carter signed the Civil Service Reform Act in 1978, every president has tried — to some degree or another — to promote greater efficiency in the federal workforce.
And every president has largely failed, running up against an entrenched culture in the bureaucracy, opposition from labor unions and a fickle Congress, said Donald Devine, who was President Ronald Reagan’s civil service director. Reagan tried implementing Carter’s reform law but ran into resistance from Congress.
Trump administration officials say Devine’s work has inspired their efforts, but they weren’t popular at the time: Newspapers gave Devine nicknames like “the Grinch,” “the Rasputin of reduction in force,” and “the terrible, swift sword of the civil service.” He served four years as director of the Office of Personnel Management but withdrew his re-nomination in 1985 amid congressional opposition.
“You get bogged down, the unions keep threatening you, they get Congress so upset,” Devine said. “All the presidents, after a while, give up and forget about it. Some of them make it worse, some of them do a little better.”
And while he credits Trump for taking on the issue with new enthusiasm, he said the real estate mogul and former reality television star will soon learn it’s harder to fire people in government.”
It seems President Trump has his work cut out for him and I wish him all success as this is an endeavor that is desperately needed for the betterment of the American people.
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Billy Graham’s Facebook Page Posted This Spectacular Message Just Hours Before His Death
A haunting message that said…
Billy Graham just passed away at the ripe age of 99. He was an extraordinarily influential and well-loved evangelist pastor from North Carolina who changed lives and the hearts of millions of people. His attitude, kindness, and ability to deliver a driving message into the minds and hearts of those willing to listen were left with nothing less than a fantastic experience that continued to grow positively in the communities he traveled to.
Not only was he well liked by the ordinary person, but he was also charismatic and thoughtful enough to be considered the counselor or minister to numerous United States Presidents. He’s traveled the world, visiting 185 countries, and pursued his dream of spreading the right word to millions of people across the planet. He’s been quoted and idolized by so many people that only an estimate would be right to guess the numbers of hearts he’s touched with his words.
He finally passed away at 99-years-old and went to meet his maker, leaving a world left in pieces but slowly rebuilding with a greater sense of love, trust, and finding our way. Billy Graham leaves us as one of the most influential evangelist pastors the world might ever see. We don’t get that many great ones, but when we do, they set the bar incredibly high.
NBC News reported more on his passing:
“Graham died just before 8 a.m. at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, surrounded by family, according to a spokesman for Samaritan’s Purse, the nondenominational evangelical Christian organization headed by Graham’s son Franklin.
His following was undeniable: The longtime evangelist appeared on Gallup’s list of the most admired men and women 60 times since 1955 — every year the research company asked the question.
Born William Franklin Graham on Nov. 7, 1918, “America’s pastor” came from modest means and grew up on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina. He found his spiritual path at 16, charmed by the traveling minister and temperance movement leader Mordecai Ham. Graham later moved to Florida and was ordained there in 1939.
He met his future wife, Ruth McCue Bell, while they attended Wheaton College, and they married in 1943. Together they would raise five children, and she would become a trusted adviser.
“When it comes to spiritual things, my wife has had the greatest influence on my ministry,” Graham said of Bell, who died in June 2007.”
If you thought that was the last you’d see or hear from Pastor Graham, then you’d be inevitably mistaken. There was a bone-chilling message posted on his Facebook page just hours before he passed away. Graham’s final Facebook post leaves the world thinking deep within themselves for the truth. Billy Graham’s message forces us to be accountable for our actions and find our way to deal with what’s going on in our lives. Thousands of people on Facebook have liked and shared his last message for the world.
"If you went for a walk in the woods, but then decided to wander off the path, and found yourself surrounded by a…
It was posted:
“If you went for a walk in the woods, but then decided to wander off the path, and found yourself surrounded by a thicket of thorns and poison ivy, who would you blame? Would you blame the person who built the path? No, of course not. Instead you’d blame yourself if you were honest, because you alone were responsible for wandering from the path.
In a far deeper way, this is what happens when we decide to leave God out of our lives. For a time, it may seem like wandering away from Him doesn’t make any difference; it may even seem easier and freer. But eventually it catches up with us—just as wandering off that path and into the thicket caught up with you.” —Billy Graham #BG100″
While Graham was a man of God, and his message was meant for everyone despite political ideologies, perhaps Democrats should take note, as they are the ones who want to take all thing God out of the public sphere. Which may be the reason we are encountering so many problems in our society, the recent Florida school shooting and the division it is causing as just one example.
People will interpret Graham’s message in more ways than one, finding their own meaning in his last words to the world via social media. Some people won’t listen, and perhaps they’re the people going down that path and into the thicket with the poison ivy. Some people will eliminate the poison ivy and clear a new path. Some will avoid it altogether. But there’s one thing we know for sure, and it’s this – Billy Graham left us with the one message that will make everyone think long and hard about the direction they’re walking.
What path will you take?
Eric Holder Caught On Video Before FL Shooting Making Sick Admission He Never Wanted Out [Watch]
He didn’t want anyone else to see this…
Former Attorney General Eric Holder is one of those classic politicians that delights his party and infuriates the other side. He served faithfully under former President Obama as the Attorney General, where he was the first person to hold that office to be held in contempt of Congress for withholding documents in an ongoing congressional probe.
This is the same Holder who is considering a presidential bid for the 2020 election. Many believe this to be an exciting prospect on both sides. It would give liberals hope for what would likely be an Obama 2.0, and it encourages the right because he’s not the middle ground candidate that the left desperately needs if they plan to oust President Trump.
His political chances decrease by the day because of how plain-spoken he was in the past about the real liberal agenda. His support of overly restrictive regulations has shown time and again that he represents a faction of the political insiders who want to strip Americans of their rights and rob this nation for whatever they can take from it.
Holder’s controversial opinions were brought up again in 2016 when the then-presidential candidates were asked how they would deal with curbing the potential for problems like what happened in Parkland Florida last week. Politifact reported that Senator Cruz referred to Holder’s gun policies as the exact opposite to what needs to be done to cure gun violence:
“During the Republican presidential debate in North Charleston, S.C., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, re-litigated the background of President Barack Obama’s former attorney general, Eric Holder.
One of the debate moderators, Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network, asked Cruz for “the answer” to stopping mass shootings and violent crime.
‘The answer is simple,’ he said. ‘You prosecute criminals. You target the bad guys. You know, a minute ago, (co-debate moderator Neil Cavuto) asked, ‘What has President Obama done to illustrate that he wants to go after guns? Well, he appointed Eric Holder as attorney general. Eric Holder said he viewed his mission as brainwashing the American people against guns. He appointed Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, someone who has been a radical against the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.’
We raised our eyebrows at Cruz’s mention of Holder and what he said. Is Cruz right?
Let’s go to the videotape from back in 1995, a time when there really were such things as videotapes.
In January 1995, Holder — then the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia — gave a speech announcing a plan to curb gun violence in the city of Washington, D.C.
Here’s a portion of the speech, recorded by C-SPAN.
‘What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we changed our attitudes about cigarettes,’ Holder said. He later added, ‘We have to be repetitive about this. It’s not enough to have a catchy ad on a Monday and then only do it Monday. We need to do this every day of the week, and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way.'”
FLASHBACK: Eric Holder talks about “brainwashing” kids with anti-gun curriculum in Washington D.C. pic.twitter.com/qsYfmJlRUO
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As conservatives try not to have trigger words or phrases, but “brainwashing” would be on the list if they had one. “Confiscation” would also be at the top in regards to gun control debates. This opinion would be slightly more palatable if this were someone whose heart was truly in keeping this country on the straight and narrow to preserve our quality of life. However, this gem named Holder seems to be willing to break the law if it serves his agenda:
“In 2012, the House of Representatives voted to hold Holder in contempt of Congress over his failure to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. As Darrell Issa (R-CA) pointed out in 2014, when Obama’s Department of Justice finally released thousands of documents related to Operation Fast and Furious that Obama had previously claimed were exempt from congressional review, ‘When Eric Holder wants to know why he was the first Attorney General held in criminal contempt of Congress, he can read the judge’s order that compelled the production of 64,280 pages that he and President Obama illegitimately and illegally withheld from Congress.’
Holder’s legacy includes his refusal to prosecute the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation; his department monitoring Fox News’ James Rosen’s phone calls and e-mails; and his decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the planner of the September 11 attacks, and his co-defendants in federal court in New York instead of military tribunals in Guantanamo Bay.”
Every once in a while we get a glimpse into the real political agenda of the left. Disarmament is just one part of the plan, but it’s an essential part that a significant portion of Americans are against. Any disliked political agenda will struggle to move forward as long as we can physically stop it. If anyone convinces us to lay down our means of defense willingly, then we open ourselves to attacks that could be a massive detriment to mankind.
Liberals Unnerved When They Find Out What Trump Secretly Gave Melania’s Parents
They lost their minds when they found out what just happened…
This may still come as a surprise to many who remain plugged into the mainstream media, but the Trump Administration isn’t anti-immigration. They’re anti-illegal immigration, just like they’re against any laws being broken. Unfortunately, since that particular law is prohibiting the DNC from importing new unwitting voters who haven’t yet become privy to their lies, they’re dead set against anything that might slow down their future supporters.
The current administration inherited a whole load of problems, all stemming from the lax immigration policies of the former administration. The welfare programs are overburdened, drugs are flooding the streets, and gang violence stats are at an all-time high. That’s what happens when immigrants enter the country illegally and break laws while abusing welfare systems. None of that touches the potential terrorist threat that insecure borders and chain migration bring us.
The Trump administration has made a big deal about wanting to put an end to the immigration problem. Both the administration and the Trump family are being scrutinized for being pro-legal immigration. This is especially ludicrous, considering that the First Lady is an immigrant. That connection to another country is what the New York Times is trying to use to criticize the First Couple. According to recent reports, the First Lady’s parents want a more permanent address in the United States, and liberals are criticizing the First Family for helping them get it.
“WASHINGTON — The parents of the first lady, Melania Trump, have obtained lawful permanent residency in the United States, a lawyer for the couple confirmed Wednesday, but it remains unclear how or when the couple received their green cards.
The lack of clarity about when and how Viktor and Amalija Knavs obtained their legal residencies raises questions about whether the couple secured their residency through family-based immigration, which President Trump calls chain migration and has said he wants to restrict. Immigration experts said it would have been the most direct, and most likely, way for Mrs. Trump’s parents, formerly of Slovenia, to get their green cards.”
This is an attempt to point out a double standard on the part of the First Family. There are a couple of problems with that argument; the first is that the chain migration law hasn’t been reversed yet, and while it’s probably a bad policy in the grand scheme of things, it’s still in effect.
The only reason that it is being reversed would be to keep potential terrorist out, and if the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces had a personal interview with a person and believed them to be of no threat to the United States, that’s probably good enough for most of us. That brings us to the second point; the President is allowed to overrule and make exceptions. We accept that the President is authorized to pardon proven criminals, we should also recognize that he’s allowed to put his stamp of approval on an immigrant.
No one has provided any evidence that the President’s in-laws shouldn’t enter the country, just that they want to make a political statement about their being immigrants.
“Their immigration lawyer, Michael J. Wildes, declined to offer any details.
‘It’s a privilege to help this family, but I have to respect their privacy as well,’ Mr. Wildes said in a brief interview.
‘Immigration is in our DNA,’ he added. ‘We have to take great pride, no matter where somebody hails from, in that legacy.’
Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump, wrote in an email that she would not comment on Mrs. Trump’s parents because ‘they are not part of this administration, and deserve their privacy.’ The Washington Post first reported the Knavses’ immigration status.
Under family-based immigration, adult American citizens can petition for residency for their parents, adult married children and siblings. Mr. Trump would limit that to spouses and children under 21.
In the Knavses’ case, Mrs. Trump, who became a citizen in 2006 after obtaining a green card, would have sponsored them.’
It also might have been possible, Mr. Johnson said, for the Knavses, both in their 70s, to obtain residency through an investment visa or a work visa, although the latter would involve employer sponsorship. Mr. Knavs, a former traveling car salesman, and Mrs. Knavs, who used to design patterns for children’s clothes, both appear to be retired.”
The extended family of the leader of the free world wants to live in the United States, and it’s a front-page issue because the President has taken a hard line on unvetted and illegal immigrants entering the United States.
We should use this as a demonstration of the fact that President Trump is pro-legal immigration. The only way that we can ensure the United States will remain the desired home address of both the rich and poor is if we keep it safe and use a well-balanced economy.
The only way we can tell the world to give us ” . . . your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” is if there’s rest for the weary, jobs for the poor and freedom to be breathed. That only happens if we take security seriously. There are velvet ropes for a reason, and no one, certainly not the President of the United States, should be shamed for extending a welcome to a legal immigrant who follows the rules of the host country.
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