“That’s how you drain the swamp.” Uh-huh.


Politico reported on Apr. 11 that the White House “will direct federal agencies to make deep personnel cuts over the next year” in a 14-page memo that replaces the hiring freeze. “The memo tells agencies to ‘begin taking immediate actions to achieve near-term workforce reductions.’… The memo also calls for delivery by September of an agency reform plan to shrink personnel to accommodate long-term budget reductions outlined in the skinny budget. … Speaking to reporters, budget chief Mick Mulvaney said the end result will likely take effect in about 11 months. The executive branch will be dramatically different, Mulvaney said, with agencies operating more like private businesses. Mulvaney downplayed the cuts, saying the focus was on making agencies more efficient, not just smaller. ‘Really what you’re talking about doing is restructuring Washington, D.C.,’ Mulvaney said. ‘That is how you drain the swamp.’”

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