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Latest example of what "draining the swamp" means
Posted by: deckeda
Date: August 11, 2019 11:41AM
A fair amount has been written about the U.S.D.A. moving to Kansas City, as Ag Sec. Sonny Purdue said, to save money on employment, rent, general costs, and to have researchers and workers closer to what they research and work with. After defending the move, he's since gone back to his usual behavior of not being in the news unless needed to defend some other stupid policy.

(As Governor of Georgia, when discussing why he wouldn't approve of Sunday liquor sales, the teetotaler informed us we should instead be in church on Sundays. He never responded to why places like Home Depot should then not be allowed to be open on Sundays.)

Most of the news coverage has not been positive. Staffers have been given a month to decide between career and their lives, many predictably chose not to move. This creates an instant "brain drain" and works to harm the agency intended to help rural America.

But all of that was just whistling in the wind, as critics couldn't really prove otherwise.

The other day, Trump's acting Chief of Sycophants helped the critics.

"In his keynote speech at the Republican Party’s black-tie-optional Silver Elephant Gala in South Carolina on Friday, Mulvaney seemed to celebrate the attrition at the agencies. “You’ve heard about ‘drain the swamp.’ What you probably haven’t heard is what we are actually doing. I don’t know if you saw the news the other day, but the USDA just tried to move, or did move, two offices out of Washington, D.C.," he said.

As the crowd clapped, Mulvaney continued: “Yes, you can applaud that one. That’s what we’ve been talking about doing. Guess what happened? Guess what happened? More than half the people quit.

“It’s nearly impossible to fire a federal worker,” Mulvaney said. “I know that because a lot of them work for me, and I’ve tried ... By simply saying to people, ‘You know what, we’re going to take you outside the bubble, outside the Beltway, outside this liberal haven of Washington, D.C., and move you out in the real part of the country,' and they quit — what a wonderful way to sort of streamline government, and do what we haven’t been able to do for a long time.”

[www.washingtonpost.com]
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Re: Latest example of what "draining the swamp" means
Posted by: graylocks
Date: August 11, 2019 12:10PM
it's also sleezy to say that they quit. the scientist were told if they did not move they would be fired.



"Success isn't about how much money you make. It is about the difference you make in people's lives."--Michelle Obama
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Re: Latest example of what "draining the swamp" means
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: August 11, 2019 12:33PM
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graylocks
it's also sleezy to say that they quit. the scientist were told if they did not move they would be fired.

Wages for Federal workers are established in part by their location.

Most of the workers would not just be moving on a few weeks' notice, but would be taking a 30% or more pay cut.



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Re: Latest example of what "draining the swamp" means
Posted by: graylocks
Date: August 11, 2019 12:38PM
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Sarcany
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graylocks
it's also sleezy to say that they quit. the scientist were told if they did not move they would be fired.

Wages for Federal workers are established in part by their location.

Most of the workers would not just be moving on a few weeks' notice, but would be taking a 30% or more pay cut.

the whole thing was scum. rachel maddow has been covering this for months. she reported last week that Congress would have had to authorize funds for the transfer but, of course, had not. don't know if that means the gambit is ground to a halt and/or if those that were fired can be reinstated.



"Success isn't about how much money you make. It is about the difference you make in people's lives."--Michelle Obama
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Re: Latest example of what "draining the swamp" means
Posted by: deckeda
Date: August 11, 2019 12:55PM
They'll likely attempt to divert funds from elsewhere, given that it's "case closed" according to the spokesperson. That doesn't mean they won't still get sued or blocked by a judge.

What I don't understand is why they didn't simply say, "we're getting rid of a large chunk of these agencies" and just sell the voter base on why it's wasteful and wrong to keep qualified (oops) people around.

No Cabinet member has simply said, "I'm here to do what I can to dismantle the agency I lead, because the agency shouldn't really exist." I mean, isn't that truly the "swamp" Trump's voters want gone: Organized and effective government?
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Re: Latest example of what "draining the swamp" means
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: August 11, 2019 01:25PM
[www.kansascity.com]

Since only 37% of the staff asked to move agreed to do so by the July deadline, they've extended the deadline to the end of September and added one month's incentive pay.

They also don't even seem to have office space announced in Kansas City yet. What a cluster.

[www.kansascity.com]

And it seems this move may hvae violated federal law in addition to subverting Congress:
[www.kansascity.com]
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Re: Latest example of what "draining the swamp" means
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: August 11, 2019 06:00PM
Good thing this administration follows court instructions when it breaks the law. Oh wait....



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Re: Latest example of what "draining the swamp" means
Posted by: sekker
Date: August 11, 2019 06:59PM
Just part of the plan to dismantle the scientific backing of the US Government.
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