Liberals are furious that President Donald Trump is planning to move the jobs of hundreds of federal employees out of Washington D.C.
Trump says that the move will save billions in tax dollars, but liberals just think that he is looking for ways to break the left-wing hold on their power over the machinery of the regulatory state.
According to Daily Caller:
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday that the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will be fully moved out of the nation’s capital by 2020, according to the USDA. A location hasn’t been picked yet.
“It’s been our goal to make USDA the most effective, efficient, and customer-focused department in the entire federal government,” Perdue said in a statement. “In our Administration, we have looked critically at the way we do business, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the best service possible for our customers, and for the taxpayers of the United States.”
“In some cases, this has meant realigning some of our offices and functions, or even relocating them, in order to make more logical sense or provide more streamlined and efficient services,” Perdue said.
As part of the reorganization, Perdue is also moving the Economic Research Service (ERS) out from under the USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics branch. The ERS will be placed back in the Office of the Chief Economist under the authority of the Office of the Secretary.
By some reports up to 700 USDA employees could end up leaving the D.C. environs.
This is all good, especially if it really will save the billions of dollars that will likely be saved.
“None of this reflects on the jobs being done by our ERS or NIFA employees,” Perdue said. “These changes are more steps down the path to better service to our customers, and will help us fulfill our informal motto to ‘Do right and feed everyone.'”
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also plans to move the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) out of D.C.
This is all good stuff. In fact, even if the move doesn’t save money, taking these workers out of D.C. can only be a good thing.
So, let’s line up behind the president on this. Let’s get this thing done.
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