Jeff Spross’s opinion piece in The Week headlines with a bang (much like most pieces on President Trump) by asserting Trump’s “foolish demonization of public workers,” and this first line: “The so-called ‘greatest jobs president that God ever created’ began his presidency by refusing to hire people.” Spross refers to an executive order that put a freeze on hiring of federal employees, signed on Jan. 23, Trump’s first full day on the job.
But Trump isn’t the only one “demonizing” public workers.
GOP lawmakers, emboldened by the new administration, and by the political reality of controlling both the House and the Senate, are jumping on board as well. Lawmakers are currently working to weaken or eliminate the due process rights of federal employees.
The Holman Rule, revived from the dead
As per the Washington Post, one such example is the Holman Rule, which House Republicans revived from the dead. It allows lawmakers to go so far as to “single out” an individual federal employee, targeting the employee’s pay.
How might this work?
A government scientist studying climate change, for example, who insists on tweeting to the public, against the Trump administration’s orders, may theoretically find his or her pay cut to just $1, effectively ending employment, much like Milton in the movie Office Space.
“[O]pponents 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,” as Jenna Portnoy and Lisa Rein report for the Post.
A sad state of affairs indeed.
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