“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.” ~ Ben Franklin
99.99% of Americans have sparse comprehension toward the meaning of 8 years without a federal budget – when contrast with a reality of a $986 billion (that’s billion with a “B”), “stimulus” bill that has been re-spent (used as an executive slush fund), and intentionally hidden behind the curtain of the UniParty.
99.99% of Americans have no cognitive concept of what is possible, because the water-carrying media never discussed the ramifications of an absent federal budget.
However, there is one person who knows, and the possibilities are jaw-dropping for the next President-Elect. More on that later…. In the interim, the Federal Department of Richard Windsor is, well, apoplectic.
WASHINGTON DC – U.S. EPA employees were in tears. Worried Energy Department staffers were offered counseling. Some federal employees were so depressed, they took time off. Others might retire early.
And some employees are in downright panic mode in the aftermath of Donald Trump’s victory.
“People are upset. Some people took the day off because they were depressed,” said John O’Grady, president of American Federation of Government Employees Council 238, a union that represents thousands of EPA employees. After Election Day, “people were crying,” added O’Grady, who works in EPA’s Region 5 office in Chicago. “They were recommending that people take sick leave and go home.”
The president-elect has vowed to repeal some of the rules they’ve toiled on for the last eight years during the Obama administration, including the Clean Power Plan rule to cut power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions.
Trump has even suggested abolishing the agency entirely, although that would be an uphill political climb. Trump has picked a top climate change skeptic to lead his EPA transition team — Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute — and has promised sweeping reforms in the agency that’s long been a target for industry groups and Republicans who say its rules overreach.
“If you look at the seven stages of grief, I’m still in denial. I will not look at the news. I will not read the news,” said an EPA career employee. (read more)