Via Wombat-socho's "In The Mailbox: 08.31.17", Don Surber explains Why Trump isn't filling positions:
The Senate slowed down its conformation process to a baby's crawl.And via Instapundit: Trump to cut pay raises for government workers
A short baby at that.
But President Trump has not gone ballistic.
On Wednesday, Trump finally explained why, as he tweeted, "We are not looking to fill all of those positions. Don't need many of them p- reduce size of government."
It's easier to eliminate vacant positions.
There's no one to lay off. No desks to clean out. No goodbye parties.
And so it goes with the president.
A real true conservative -- not one of those TV types you see in DC -- President Trump wants to cut government.
President Trump sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday announcing his intention to cut pay raises for civilian government workers.How long have the "true" conservatives been threatening to reduce the size of government?
In the letter, Trump cited his authority in times of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare” to make adjustments to the 2018 pay schedule for federal employees.
Under the previous plan, workers were scheduled for a 1.9 percent bump. Trump will use his authority to lower that to 1.4 percent.
“We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a sustainable fiscal course,” Trump wrote.
“A pay increase of this magnitude is not warranted, and Federal agency budgets could not accommodate such an increase while still maintaining support for key Federal priorities such as those that advance the safety and security of the American people.”
Pay raises for government workers outside of Washington, D.C., will average only 0.5 percent and will be specified in a coming executive order, Trump said.