06 January 2017

Someone Missed A Point

House Republicans revive obscure rule that allows them to slash the pay of individual federal workers to $1.

An important quote from the article, "At the same time, opponents and supporters agree that the work of 2.1 million civil servants, designed to be insulated from politics, is now vulnerable to the whims of elected officials." bold added.

The civil service system was, indeed, designed to be insulated from politics.

Part of the deal, however, was that civil servants were supposed to stay out of politics.

Well, civil servants decided they needed to be political and broke the deal.

This is a chicken coming home to roost.

Of course, any legislation passed using the The Holman Rule is likely a bill of attainder...

Update:

I reread the article and while the Washington Post makes it seem like this will be targeting the rank-and-file apparatchiks of the civil services (can you almost hear the "what about these hard working people's children?"), I think that the real targets are the upper tiers of managers.

I wonder how many of those parasites will want the jobs without the rather generous salaries that would normally come with them.

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