Now, this is mature. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. government would relocate two research agencies within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These are jobs out of Washington, D.C. that are being moved to areas in the United States where food actually comes from, and bureaucrats aren’t happy about that. Thus, they pitched a fit.
It is not uncommon for businesses to relocate their headquarters if it is cost-efficient and puts them closer to their target demographic. That should apply to the federal government as well. Usually, employees are given a range of choices: A relocation package, leave the company, early retirement, etc. That’s the case here as well. Americans commonly find themselves in such situations and approach it as adults should… through careful consideration, not tantrums.
The Swamp applies to more than just the upper echelons of bureaucrats in D.C. It also applies to federal employees who are obstructionists and who actively work against the best interests of Americans. I give you the USDA among other agencies for your due consideration as to whether they fit this definition or not.
“On Thursday, the USDA announced plans to relocate the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to the Kansas City, Missouri, region, in an effort to put the offices closer to farming areas.
“Following a rigorous site selection process, the Kansas City Region provides a win-win,” Perdue said in a Thursday statement, “maximizing our mission function by putting taxpayer savings into programmatic outputs and providing affordability, easy commutes, and extraordinary living for our employees.”
“There is already a significant presence of USDA and federal government employees in the region, including the Kansas City ‘Ag Bank’ Federal Reserve,” Perdue’s statement concludes. “This agriculture talent pool, in addition to multiple land-grant and research universities within driving distance, provides access to a stable labor force for the future. The Kansas City Region will allow ERS and NIFA to increase efficiencies and effectiveness and bring important resources and manpower closer to all of our customers.”
“However, despite those selling points, some government employees showed up to protest the announcement, silently and symbolically turning their backs on their boss in the room.
“Acting ERS Union Vice President Kevin Hunt called the decision “cold-hearted” and said it “highlights [Perdue’s] disregard for the rights and well-being of employees,” according to CNN. Hunt added, “Secretary Perdue continually speaks of transparency and communicating to employees but has failed on both fronts.”
“The idea of moving federal bureaucracies to areas outside of the nation’s capital has floated around for a while. In the last Congress, a handful of House Republicans led by Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) introduced the “Drain the Swamp Act of 2017,” which would have required all federal agencies to move their headquarters outside of the D.C. metro area.”
American Federation of Government Employees members from NIFA snd ERS turn backs on Agriculture Secretary Perdue at session on their unwanted relocation from DC to Kansas City area. #USDA pic.twitter.com/40JlVtuXFl
— Jerry Hagstrom (@hagstromreport) June 13, 2019
This has nothing to do with the unions ‘caring’ about their members. They care about dues and their bottom line, so exactly who is cold-hearted here? The move would purportedly save Americans $20 million a year. Chew on that while sopping up liberal tears. I’m all for moving the federal agencies out of one of the most expensive places to live in the country. Maybe something would get done for a change.
I can understand the NYPD turning their backs on Comrade DeBlasio who is blatantly anti-cop. But USDA employees turning their backs on Purdue? He’s in their court but he also represents Americans in general. How juvenile. They should have been fired on the spot if you ask me. What a bunch of spoiled snowflakes.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 13, 2019
Perdue argued in a statement that the Kansas City region will better position the department to attract people “with training and interest in agriculture” because the area is a proven “hub for all things agriculture” and already boasts a “significant presence” of USDA and federal government employees, in addition to the Kansas City Federal Reserve.
“The Kansas City Region will allow ERS and NIFA to increase efficiencies and effectiveness and bring important resources and manpower closer to all of our customers,” he said.
“This agriculture talent pool, in addition to multiple land-grant and research universities within driving distance, provides access to a stable labor force for the future,” he added.
“The secretary said President Donald Trump supports the decision and puts agriculture as a top priority.
“He just wants us to do a good job for our farmers,” Perdue said. “We’re convinced this is the best way we can serve our constituents going forward. We think it will help us to attract world-class labor Ph.D. economists to the regions to help us make the best decisions, data-driven facts-based decisions going forward.”
“John Stephens, the president & CEO of Port KC, said having the city so close to major agricultural areas and schools makes it an obvious choice.
“That’s the great thing about Kansas City, we are this amazing, vibrant, metro of 2 million,” he said. “But you drive 45 minutes and you’re in the middle of the bread basket. And these farmers will have access, and these researchers will have access to the farmers, and that’s exciting and a little bit different than where they’re coming from.”
Anyone is replaceable. These people should know that by now. A number of them should not be employed to begin with… I’m referring to the climate change researchers at the USDA. Kansas City is thrilled as hundreds of jobs are coming their way. Such is capitalism and the job market. I suggest employees at the USDA deal with it or find other employment.