If you have a pointless government job that only exists for some arcane bureaucratic reason, you might want to start seeking a new form of employment. President Donald Trump will likely announce cuts to wasteful federal bureaucracy in his upcoming budget proposals that will shrink the red tape and rubber stamp industry dramatically.
An executive order signed by Trump on Monday was aimed at reducing government waste, with Trump telling reporters that the directive would prompt a “thorough examination of every executive department and agency” to determine “where money is being wasted [and] how services can be improved.”
On Thursday, Trump will release a spending budget that White House officials claim will reshape the landscape of Capitol Hill by emphasizing the military and homeland security while stripping back programs that only serve to interject the government into the lives of its citizens.
Jobs related to areas like housing, foreign aid, environmental protection, research, and public broadcasting will be scaled back in order to pave the way for competition from within the private sector. The move comes after Trump campaigned on introducing a hiring freeze that would shrink the federal workforce via attrition in all areas except for military, public safety, and public health.
According to Trump senior advisor Steve Bannon, the Trump administration is seeking to bring about the “deconstruction of administrative state,” noting: “The way the progressive left runs is that if they can’t get it passed, they’re just going to put it in some sort of regulation in an agency. That’s all going to be deconstructed.”
Since any budget cuts will have to be first approved by Congress, Democratic lawmakers have already begin forming the lines of opposition to Trump’s plan. In an interview, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) promised that “the notion of bulking up defenses but slashing everything else, that’s not going to find any votes on the Democratic side.”