President Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” during his time in office. So far, the swamp has bitten back in various ways.
Ohio Democrat has drawn up a genius plan to undercut the swamp for good. Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio has proposed a bill that would decentralize the federal government. Ryan’s plan is simple–move about 300,000 federal jobs outside of Washington, D.C. (via Newsmax)
There are currently two million federal employees. 136,377 of those workers actually go to their offices in Virginia zip codes. Another 130,402 work in Maryland.
All told, about 79-percent of federal employees work outside of D.C. (via Governing)
Rep. Ryan’s plan would first set up a commission in order to see if this plan was feasible. After that, the commission officials would start to examine which cities could house federal government agencies.
Rep. Ryan believes that our federal government has gotten too big and has become too centralized in Washington. “The Founding Fathers could not have imagined our current federal government system, with more than 300,000 workers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in 190 federally-owned buildings and 500 leased buildings,” Ryan said.
Thanks to technology, there may no longer be any real reason to keep most federal employees in the DC-VA-MD circle.
Also, in discussing his plan, Rep. Ryan pointed out that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has operated just fine from its headquarters in Atlanta. (via Cleveland.com)
This move to decentralize the federal state could have major economic ramifications as well. Besides limiting the power of the “deep state” to coordinate among agencies, a fragmented federal government could bring new jobs to places like Milwaukee, St. Louis, Detroit, and other cash-strapped cities.
While bringing jobs to these cities sounds like a good idea in theory, government agencies will likely find it hard to recruit from those cities due to poor educational standards.
A situation could very well develop where we see wholesale gentrification occurring thanks to federal workers from outside the city. A refreshed workforce is not a bad thing, but it would lead to economic and racial conflict.
Rep. Ryan’s plan has broad, bipartisan support from political figures all over Capitol Hill. However, the bill has no co-signers as of yet. There is a good chance that bad blood may kill this bill, specifically since Ryan lead the failed attempt to unseat the arch-liberal Nancy Pelosi as the leader of the House Democrats. (via The Washington Examiner).