President Donald Trump has nixed the needless pay raises for nearly two million government workers giving us yet another reason why voting for Trump is justified. But, naturally, it is weak-kneed Republicans that pretend to be fiscally responsible who oppose the president’s common sense policy.
There is no reason whatsoever that government workers should be better off than everyone who pays their salaries — the latter would be we, the people — and Trump came to office fully understanding that federal workers have it way, way too good, and all off the backs of the U.S. taxpayer.
Trump also understands that the U.S. government wastes far too much money on its operating budget.
So, he has cancelled the pay raise scheduled for these placeholders, leeches, and hangers-on, per Politico:
President Donald Trump announced Thursday he was canceling across-the-board pay raises for civilian workers across the federal government, citing the “nation’s fiscal situation.”
“We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” the president wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.
Under Trump’s policy, roughly 1.8 million people wouldn’t get an automatic pay boost next year, including Border Patrol and ICE agents.
That stance puts vulnerable GOP lawmakers representing northern Virginia — home to tens of thousands of federal workers — in the political crosshairs. And it sets up an all-but-certain funding fight with Congress next month, as party leaders attempt to reach a sweeping agreement to keep the government open before the start of the next fiscal year on Oct. 1.
Naturally, it is useless Republicans claiming they will reverse this common sense decision:
Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), an endangered GOP incumbent in the House, said she would work to reverse the pay freeze.
“We cannot balance the budget on the backs of our federal employees and I will work with my House and Senate colleagues to keep the pay increase in our appropriations measures that we vote on in September,” Comstock wrote in a sharply worded statement.
“Our office opposes this and will be working with other offices next week on this issue,” Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.), who is also facing a tough reelection, wrote on Twitter.
Don’t let Republicans tell you they are fiscally responsible.
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