Donald Drains Swampiest Part Of Washington D.C., Over 700 Gone

Donald Drains Swampiest Part Of Washington D.C., Over 700 Gone

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Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp. But it’s deeper than you think. Aside from corrupt politicians, there are huge agencies that waste taxpayer dollars. These agencies abuse their power. Often, they undermine our liberties or the liberties of private enterprise.Image result for Donald trump angrySince taking office, President Trump has taken dramatic steps to drain the swamp. The government has already shrunken drastically. He has slash regulations, thanks to his executive orders. He’s also reduced the size of staff across numerous agencies.

But perhaps his biggest achievement comes from one particular group. A group that has been abusing federal power for decades. I speak, of course, of the EPA.

From New York Times:

More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration…

The departures reflect poor morale and a sense of grievance at the agency, which has been criticized by President Trump and top Republicans in Congress as bloated and guilty of regulatory overreach. That unease is likely to deepen following revelations that Republican campaign operatives were using the Freedom of Information Act to request copies of emails from E.P.A. officials suspected of opposing Mr. Trump and his agenda.Image result for Donald trump angryThe cuts deepen a downward trend at the agency that began under the Obama administration in response to Republican-led budget constraints that left the agency with about 15,000 employees at the end of his term. The reductions have accelerated under President Trump, who campaigned on a promise to dramatically scale back the E.P.A., leaving only what he called “little tidbits” in place. Current and former employees say unlike during the Obama years, the agency has no plans to replace workers, and they expect deeper cuts to come.

As a former contractor for the EPA, I can tell you this is a good thing. The EPA sucked up billions of tax dollars during the Obama administration. What do we have to show for it? Nothing. The EPA did more damage to our society and environment than good.

The EPA is supposed to protect Americans. Instead it is a radical political advocacy group. It pushes for the most extreme views on global warming and climate change. They wield far too much power. At their height, they abused private businesses.

All that is changing, thanks to Trump. His measures are stripping the EPA of its radicals. The agencies will be scaled back. It’s only goal should be to protect Americans’ health. No longer will it promote extreme liberal views.Related imageThe New York Times laments the loss. Yet I can tell you, those “scientists” and other staff were little more than leeches. They drained U.S. dollars, producing very little results. Much like the rest of the government.

This is only the beginning. Expect more agencies to be reduced in size. The swamp is getting drained, little by little.

More than 700 people have left the Environmental Protection Agency since President Trump took office, a wave of departures that puts the administration nearly a quarter of the way toward its goal of shrinking the agency to levels last seen during the Reagan administration.

Of the employees who have quit, retired or taken a buyout package since the beginning of the year, more than 200 are scientists. An additional 96 are environmental protection specialists, a broad category that includes scientists as well as others experienced in investigating and analyzing pollution levels. Nine department directors have departed the agency as well as dozens of attorneys and program managers. Most of the employees who have left are not being replaced.

The departures reflect poor morale and a sense of grievance at the agency, which has been criticized by President Trump and top Republicans in Congress as bloated and guilty of regulatory overreach. That unease is likely to deepen following revelations that Republican campaign operatives were using the Freedom of Information Act to request copies of emails from E.P.A. officials suspected of opposing Mr. Trump and his agenda.Related imageThe cuts deepen a downward trend at the agency that began under the Obama administration in response to Republican-led budget constraints that left the agency with about 15,000 employees at the end of his term. The reductions have accelerated under President Trump, who campaigned on a promise to dramatically scale back the E.P.A., leaving only what he called “little tidbits” in place. Current and former employees say unlike during the Obama years, the agency has no plans to replace workers, and they expect deeper cuts to come.

The reason E.P.A. went down to 15,000 employees under Obama is because of pressure from Republicans. This is the effort of the Republicans under the Obama administration on steroids,” said John J. O’Grady, president of American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, a union representing E.P.A. employees.

ProPublica and The New York Times analyzed the comings and goings from the E.P.A. through the end of September, the latest data that has been compiled, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. The figures and interviews with current and former E.P.A. officials show the administration is well on its way to achieving its goal of cutting 3,200 positions from the E.P.A., about 20 percent of the agency’s work force.

Jahan Wilcox, a spokesman for the E.P.A., said the agency was running more efficiently. “With only 10 months on the job, Administrator Pruitt is unequivocally doing more with less to hold polluters accountable and to protect our environment,” he said.Image result for Donald trump angryWithin the agency, science in particular is taking a hard hit. More than 27 percent of those who left this year were scientists, including 34 biologists and microbiologists 19 chemists 81 environmental engineers and environmental scientists; and more than a dozen toxicologists, life scientists and geologists. Employees say the exodus has left the agency depleted of decades of knowledge about protecting the nation’s air and water. Many also said they saw the departures as part of a more worrisome trend of muting government scientists, cutting research budgets and making it more difficult for academic scientists to serve on advisory boards.

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