Gov’t Insider: “Agencies working more efficiently without them”

Let’s take a snapshot of the shutdown, starting with the demand side …

Seriously, has the partial government shutdown impacted you personally?


Admittedly, my sample isn’t projectable, but — save for a couple of furloughed “non-essentials” — I have yet to run into anybody who has been impacted by the shutdown.

ABC-WaPo did run a projectable poll and found that 18% of Americans say they have been inconvenienced by the shutdown.

Take the converse of the WaPo findings:

82% of Americans have not been inconvenienced by the shutdown.

That’s less than 1 in 5 … and, it includes the furloughed gov’t employees who have certainly been inconvenienced.

Bottom line: From a demand perspective, the shutdown hasn’t been a particularly bad deal.

What about the supply side – the impact on government operations ?


It was music to my ears to read (aloud) an opinion piece by an unnamed “senior official in the Trump administration”…

Note: I’m not a big fan of anonymous op-eds, but I figure that if the WaPo and NYT can use them to trash Trump, that they’re fair game

Hear are some snippets from the op-ed:

Federal employees are starting to feel the strain of the shutdown. I am one of them. But for the sake of our nation, I hope it lasts a very long time.

The lapse in appropriations is more than a battle over a wall. It is an opportunity to strip wasteful government agencies for good.

Roughly 15% of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country.

But over 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results.

Why would they? We can’t fire them. They avoid attention, plan their weekend, schedule vacation, their second job, their next position.

Due to the lack of funding, many federal agencies are now operating more effectively  … with only select essential personnel executing important tasks.

We do not want most employees to return, because we are working better without them.

My advice for the president’s next move at shuttered government agencies: lock the doors, sell the furniture, and cut them down.

The entire opinion piece is worth reading and breeds an idea:

When this unplanned shutdown is over, why not “temporarily” shut down parts of the government on a rolling basis … then see what happens.

Perhaps, such a strategy may flush out the lack of value delivered by many government agencies and personnel.

Think about it.


P.S. My pick: Start with the Dept. of Education … which over decades has cost billions of dollars presiding over America’s declining education system.  Shut it down for awhile and see what happens.  My bet: nothing.


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One Response to “Gov’t Insider: “Agencies working more efficiently without them””

  1. Nancy Campbell (formerly Liptak) Says:

    I’m only concerned about how the shutdown affect the TSA and ATC,therefor flight transportation.

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