All federal employees should be subject to the absolute will of the President for their hiring and tenure.
The Pendleton Act should be kept and civilian federal employees should have merit system and career tenure protection.
You don’t like the “deep state”, then throw down.
Are you willing to completely jettison the Civil Service System for all 2 million federal employees in the interest of hiring individuals whose only qualification is zealous and absolute loyalty to the President.
Every new President, fire everybody down to the lowest janitor at GS-1. Don’t like the deep state, that will get you to that goal.
I have opposed certain terminations by the Democratic side.
But it is a certain subset of the Republican side that has this belief that a certain cabal of civil servants is conspiring to obstruct their policies, which I don’t find to be the case at all.
One or two individuals does not a cabal make.
Most of the problems Trump had with the civil service were of his own making and that of the Senate. Slowness to nominate political appointees and the slowness of the Senate to confirm them.
If Trump had gotten his politic appointments in place early, little of what he complains about would have happened.
But when political appointees are missing, guess what, career civil service fill those slots on an ad interim basis.
I would also suggest.
I never had a problem with Reagan, G.H.W. Bush or G.W. Bush, apart from the singular United States Attorneys affair.
99.9999% of career United States federal employees are NOT out to get Trump. If he can locate, identify and through proper process locate that 0.0001% that might actually be causing a problem, I won’t object.
I do object to blanket attacks on the civil service and the hoisting of the innocent with the guilty. If you can identify somebody that is truly abusing their position in an attempt to thwart the President, then fine, seek their removal through the proper channels.
You caught me…I’m totally anti-govt workers…unless they’re Trump appointees, then they’re great, because he only hires the best people. Until Trump fires them, then they were always horrible people and absolutely deserved what they got.