Alarmingly Useless

Anyone see this headline?

The GOP Just Gave Congress the Power to Cut the Salaries of Individual Civil Servants to $1

Republicans in the House now feel empowered to slash and burn federal workers.  It isn’t enough that civil servants are no longer honored.  Now their salaries can be slashed to something really ridiculous.

“…enacted by Congress in 1876: The Holman Rule, named after the Indiana congressman who devised it, empowers any member of Congress to submit an amendment to an appropriations bill that targets the funding of a specific government program or employee.”

Some love the Holman rule – FreedomWorks Praises Adoption of the “Holman Rule” by the House of Representatives

“It’s time to have a serious discussion about the budget deficit and the national debt, which is rapidly approaching $20 trillion, and there is no better way to begin that conversation than the Holman Rule,” said FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon. “The revival of this provision, though temporary, is important because it restores congressional power over the executive branch and could lead to reductions in federal spending.”

Others don’t – House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) made a floor speech calling out the insanity of reviving this antiquated rule:

“Republicans have consistently made our hard-working federal employees scapegoats, in my opinion, for lack of performance of the federal government itself,” he said. “And this rule change will allow them to make shortsighted and ideologically driven changes to our civil service.”

With all that is going on in the world today, our congressional representatives are spending much of their time hanging their own employees instead of fixing the problems of the hardworking people of our Nation.

Maybe they really don’t know how to fix the hard stuff –minimum wage, equal pay, student debt, education, immigration, taxes and healthcare reform…  You name it.  There’s a lot.

Reducing the federal workforce does nothing to fix our nation’s serious problems.  It just gives people someone to blame thus providing a distraction.


About djaubey

I am a proud thirty-year federal employee and civil servant. Now retired. As a creative writer (both traditional and innovative), I provide a fresh perspective with a sound foundation in all my work. I am a researcher, writer and speaker with a love of the written word and in search of the truth.
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2 Responses to Alarmingly Useless

  1. Felix Ammah-Tagoe says:

    Hello DJ,

    Excellent post. Targeting civil servants? Insanity gone amok.

    I pray this too shall pass, perhaps sooner.



    • djaubey says:

      Thank you for your comment, Felix. I hope Congress will become too busy to focus on civil servants. They have more important issues to tackle.

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