Government shutdown: Trump is playing Schumer and Pelosi like violins
Donny doesn't play. He fights. In so many cases, during this battered administration, Trump has prevailed. Before reading this essay, keep in mind: the temptation to conflate political policy with political skill is hard to overcome. How many times has anyone mentioned Trump to a relative or acquaintance only to receive an instant recoil? When discussing Trump with the general public, most often you will receive a reflexive expression of disdain--but not relating to policy--but only referring to personality. This is the true Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). Judge Trump's policies on merits or demerits but for dog's sake, leave the TDS at home.
Trump is a political genius. Recoil! Shock! Horror!
24/7 he is battered by the MSM. Demonrats of all parts of the spectrum vociferously denounce him. Obama disseminated heretofore isolated information, especially Trump's-related, with a last-day-in-offic executive order allowing departments and agencies which previously not been able to access such information without special request. Obama, in his last month, installed hundeds of Senior Executive Service employees, very hard to eliminate. They can't be fired without cause. There are a couple of exceptions to that statement, which will be discussed below.
So, is it any surprise that the government shutdown looms large once again, likely to resume on Feb. 15, 2019. Unlike Obama's hard shutdown, Trump is doing a soft shutdown. More facilities and agencies will be either fully or at least partially staffed during Shutdown II. Obama made his shutdown hard because he wanted Repugnants to take the blame, which to some degree they did. Trump did Shutdown I for several reasons. One of which, indeed the main reason, is to demonstrate to the public that the Dems don't give a crap about immigrants, border safety, drug transport and human trafficking.
The SOLE reason for Dim opposition to the border wall, a wall for which many Dims previously voted for and endorsed (before DJT), is to prevent Trump from fulfilling his chief campaign pledge, giving him a significant victory.
The Dim-witted action is unnecessary. Even an Executive Order proclaiming a national emergency is not necessary to complete most of the wall ($5.7B more). There are sufficient funds, unspecified in the "defense" budget to apply even that minimalist amount--and much more left over. The Wall is a done deal by the master dealer.
The Dims know this so why are they so recalcitrant? S & P make feeble pleas to abandon wall construction, with Pelosi vowing not to authorize even one dollar to build the wall. So why?
The point is obvious: it exposes the mendacious Demonratic party to be massively hypocritical (which, unfortunately is a vice not confined solely to the Dims.) Pelosi and Schumer have already missed several ostensibly planned negotiations with Trump. Surely, despite inhabiting the large DC bubble, they must realize how poorly this will make them look. Or do they?
There will be no compromise. Trump laid out his last offer. There will be no retreat. Abolishing ICE and allowing unrestricted infiltration by undocumented, and therefore illegal, aliens is a kiss of death to Dims. Many are already hedging from the S & P party line, indicating support for some "barrier".
But, there is an ingenious secondary benefit of Shutdown II, which apparently the Dims do not realize. If they do realize this, then they are more incredibly stupid than they already seem.
When the government, for any reason, shuts down for 30 consecutive days, or for 22 days in a work month, reductions in force can occur.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management develops policy and provides guidance to Federal agencies regarding Reduction in Force (RIF). This page serves as a portal to assist you in locating pertinent information and content related to RIF in the Federal Government.
When an agency must abolish positions, the RIF regulations determine whether an employee keeps his or her present position, or whether the employee has a right to a different position. The regulatory requirements governing reduction in force are contained in Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 351. Federal agencies must follow the procedures contained in the Code of Federal Regulations when conducting a RIF. The law provides that OPM's RIF regulations must give effect to four factors in releasing employees:
1. tenure of employment (e.g., type of appointment);
2. veterans' preference;
3. length of service; and
A furlough of more than 30 calendar days, or of more than 22 discontinuous work days, is also a RIF action. (A furlough of 30 or fewer calendar days, or of 22 or fewer discontinuous work days, is an adverse action.)
Most federal employees live in or near DC. Most are Dims. Many will find themselves permanently out of federal employment. These employees include many never Trumpers and hardcore Dems. Each agency, by virtue of Shutdown I, has already completed estimates of how much workforce can be safely discharged. There is no statutory limit on the numbers which can be dismissed. In fact, WHOLE Departments can be eliminated--all within existing law.
In one executive order, after 30 more days of shutdown, Trump can get rid of scores of obstructionists to his own plan.