The Time is Perfect to Decentralized D.C.

Much has been written about the pandemic-driven favorable aspects, promise, and implications of virtual working compared to traditional in-person interfaces. We are all woke to the now known to be unnecessary complications, inconveniences and costs of physical offices, urban crime, commuting, and virus-transmitting.

Much less has been written about virtual management’s implications for decentralizing the federal government and putting the decision-makers physically among the decision-affected — real instead of virtual reality.
How about considering the following departmental tectonic shifts: Interior to Wyoming, Utah, or Colorado; Agriculture to Iowa, Nebraska, or South Dakota; and Commerce to Florida or Louisiana?

Regulators of the environment could literally step out their back doors and visit a forest, see a farm, soybean, cornfield, or cow; or visit a vibrant multicultural economy on the hemisphere’s doorsteps.

Relocating individuals could cash in on D.C.’s inflated housing prices and boost their quality of life with bigger homes and maybe even a back 40, or at least a backyard. Fourth of July parades in clean, healthy open air and Eagle Scouting could be reborn.

Sub-Cabinet-level relocation possibilities are equally endless: Fisheries to New England, FDA to the university-rich Research Triangle in North Carolina, and the FAA to an actual hub such as Nashville, St. Louis, or even Chicago.

The movement even lends itself to a catchy slogan, “Decentralize D.C.,” which fits nicely on a bumper sticker.

Carlisle Johnson, American Thinker

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The Privileged Class

Today, the findings of a recent Cato Institute study on government vs. private-sector compensation were summarized and reported by Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon. The headline summed it all up: Study: Government Workers Make 78 Percent More than Private Sector.  I was shocked, aghast, nearly apoplectic.  Who would have thought that government workers are better off than their private-sector counterparts?  Could the government workforce, especially the federal workforce, be a privileged class?  An elite?

Indeed they are.  And I’ve grown sick and tired of the latest, most fashionable liberal catch-phrase—White Privilege.

It is the federal bureaucracy that is truly the privileged class, and it is as racially, culturally, and gender-diverse as any liberal could dream.  Their salaries and benefits far exceed those of the private sector.  They have lifetime job security with no expectations of productivity or performance.  They merely have to show up for work and have a pulse. They and their spouses have ridiculously generous lifetime health and retirement benefits, all on the backs of the American taxpayer.

So, please don’t give me this “white privilege” crap.  The federal workforce is an over-compensated, pampered elite with lifetime job security at the expense of those who earn far less, work much harder, and whose jobs are on the line every day.There is no job security in the private sector, there are no automatic cost-of-living increases.  Working for the government is just the adult version of “everyone gets a trophy.”