Sunday, May 7, 2017

Another politician gets on board with Operation P.A.C.O.

This time around, it's Rep. Tim Ryan - a Democrat, if you can believe it - who is talking about Providing Alternative City Options for federal employees.
Hundreds of thousands of federal employees, backed by record-high government spending, have contributed to a regional economy that anyone could envy; the four richest counties in the United States neighbor the nation's capital. So Ryan wants lawmakers to establish a commission that would develop a plan to "decentralize" the federal government, with a particular eye on helping the working-class economies that have suffered the most over the last decade.

"We have a lot more employees in the federal government than we ever imagined as a country, and we are in a position where a good number of these jobs don't necessarily need to be in Washington, D.C.," the Ohio Democrat told the Washington Examiner.
A good number of these jobs don't need to exist at all, but since federal employees, like the poor, shall be with us always, might as well shift some of them out to fly-over country - while we continue to work on cutting down the aggregate number of federal jobs.


rinardman said...

Won't happen.

The lords of DC occupying the great castle on The Hill need their vassals close to hand.

RebeccaH said...

It's hard to keep tabs on what the minions are thinking when they're scattered all over the place. They might get ideas.

Paco said...

R-man: Oh, I think something like this will happen, but the way it plays out will defeat the original purpose. My guess is that, instead of shifting jobs from Washington to, say, Detroit, they'll leave the existing jobs in Washington and just create new federal positions in Detroit.