You know why President Trump is sitting in the catbird seat on the government shutdown? The short answer is most Americans aren't affected by it and there's a reason for that.
According to a senior administration official, who submitted an anonymous op-ed to the Daily Caller, the vast majority of workers who have been furloughed are worthless slackers or, worse, downright saboteurs -- and the administration is getting more done without them.
"On an average day, roughly 15 percent of the employees around me are exceptional patriots serving their country," the official wrote. "I wish I could give competitive salaries to them and no one else. But 80 percent feel no pressure to produce results. If they don’t feel like doing what they are told, they don’t."
Why would they? We can’t fire them. They avoid attention, plan their weekend, schedule vacation, their second job, their next position — some do this in the same position for more than a decade.
They do nothing that warrants punishment and nothing of external value. That is their workday: errands for the sake of errands — administering, refining, following and collaborating on process. “Process is your friend” is what delusional civil servants tell themselves. Even senior officials must gain approval from every rank across their department, other agencies and work units for basic administrative chores.
Process is what we serve, process keeps us safe, process is our core value. It takes a lot of people to maintain the process. Process provides jobs. In fact, there are process experts and certified process managers who protect the process. Then there are the 5 percent with moxy (career managers). At any given time they can change, clarify or add to the process — even to distort or block policy counsel for the president.
Saboteurs peddling opinion as research, tasking their staff on pet projects or pitching wasteful grants to their friends. Most of my career colleagues actively work against the president’s agenda. This means I typically spend about 15 percent of my time on the president’s agenda and 85 percent of my time trying to stop sabotage, and we have no power to get rid of them. Until the shutdown.
Due to the lack of funding, many federal agencies are now operating more effectively from the top down on a fraction of their workforce, with only select essential personnel serving national security tasks.
The official said that the president can end this abuse by having senior officials "reprioritize during an extended shutdown, focus on valuable results and weed out the saboteurs."
He added, "We do not want most employees to return, because we are working better without them."
If this happens, the big-government/deep state/bureaucracy-loving Dems are going to wish they had made a deal to fund the wall and re-open the government when they had a chance.
Wave Goodbye to Gillette
I got sick of paying $3.50 for a five-bladed monstrosity (six, if you count the trimming edge) which lasted half a week, long before I got sick of Gillette being all woke.
So I went all-in on getting a much better shave for a lot less money. The only trick is, you have to learn how to shave with a razor rather than just rub a pricey cartridge across your face for a little while.
I don't mean a cutthroat straight razor, although I do own one of those too. But I prefer to shave in the shower, and just don't trust myself enough at 0600 to stand there naked, soaking wet, with a straight razor hovering just a couple feet above my favorite bits.
What I do mean though is old-fashioned double-edge safety razors.
The very best blades come from Japan. The brand is Feather and they'll set you back a quarter apiece -- and last a full week, even on my coarse, curly beard. Buy a box of 100 on Amazon for about $25 bucks and you're set for a couple years.
My razor is a Merkur Futur from Germany. It's a solid hunk of machined stainless steel, and it's adjustable so even newbies can learn to use it without inadvertently slicing off an earlobe or two. It ain't cheap: $63 on Amazon right now. But you'll only ever have to buy the one (it's the price of about 18 Fusion Proglide blades from Gillette), and if you have sons they'll fight over who gets to inherit it.
You'll also want to buy a good shaving brush (spend the money on silvertip badger tail), and quality shaving cream or soap (Proraso's eucalyptus and menthol stuff is delightful). A real shaving cream/soap beats anything that comes out of a can, or any of the modern gel solutions. The brush won't be cheap, but again you'll only have to ever buy one once. And your skin will thank you for quitting that crap in a can.
All in all, you're going to spend about $200 up front to get started the right way. But you'll save so much more. And this is buying some of the best of the best. If you want to go cheaper, you can. (Although I wouldn't necessarily recommend it.)
So where I used to spend about $360 a year, every year, on Gillette's cartridge blades, I now spend maybe $13 a year. It took months, not years, to recoup my initial investment, and neither Feather nor Parker nor Merkur nor Proraso ever gives me any lectures along with my shaves about how awful my masculinity is.
Oh, and you'll discover very quickly that Gillette's shaves are crap, too. Those DE razors are actual blades, not wee strips of foil bonded to some plastic head, and get in much closer while causing far less irritation.
Shaving will take you a few minutes longer as you learn the ropes, but there's really nothing to it, and after a few weeks you'll be getting a better shave for less money and in the same amount of time.
And if you don't notice a difference, I promise you your wife will.
P.S. Don't the marketing whizzes at Gillette know that the woke bros are all sporting ironic lumberjack beards these days?
He must have a lot of personal charm.
"It isn't so much that liberals are ignorant," Ronald Reagan quipped. "It's just that they know so many things that aren't so."
Political CIA is the worst CIA.