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USDA staffers quit en masse as
Trump administration eyes moving
offices out of DC

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Posted By: DVC, 5/23/2019 5:38:14 PM

Employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are quitting at a rapid clip as Secretary Sonny Perdue prepares to move forward with plans to relocate two offices far outside the Washington, D.C., Beltway. Federal employees at the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) – two small but important agencies within the USDA – are unhappy with Perdue’s plan, announced last August, to move the majority of their staff from current offices in the capital to an area closer the country’s agricultural centers.


Great news. Getting the bureaucrats out of DC is a really brilliant plan. Having normal people, who live in amongst the actual farmers in someplace in farm country is a really good way to increase bureaucratic responsiveness and connection to the people that they are supposed to work for. This needs to be done for most of the bureaucracies. It would be a good thing to have them scattered all around, many in smaller cities.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 5/23/2019 5:40:58 PM (No. 82890)
A swell way to clean out a stale old department… Brilliant! No wrongful termination suits, no unemployment insurance claims. Clean, crisp, effective. KAG!!!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird 5/23/2019 5:42:01 PM (No. 82893)
Afterthought: Do we really need these departments? Did we ever? Even better cleanup than I first believed...
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Reply 3 - Posted by: jimincalif 5/23/2019 5:44:17 PM (No. 82895)
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 5/23/2019 5:54:11 PM (No. 82903)
Good to see you posting, #1. :-)
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Reply 5 - Posted by: droopydog 5/23/2019 6:04:33 PM (No. 82906)
I'm sure there is an Obama judge out there who will declare this move to be unconstitutional.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 5/23/2019 6:09:58 PM (No. 82911)
They're missing the point. About 20 years ago the Navy relocated Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command from DC to San Diego. 2,000 employees opted not to go and only 1,000 were hired to replace them.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: vinegrower 5/23/2019 6:11:10 PM (No. 82912)
This is great. Please do the same with some other departments.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: bad-hair 5/23/2019 6:16:56 PM (No. 82918)
Best way to clean out the swamp. Move the swamp from fru-fru DC to Bug Tussel Arkansas. Swamp just got smaller.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 5/23/2019 6:18:46 PM (No. 82921)
Darn shame.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Bur Oak 5/23/2019 6:55:30 PM (No. 82944)
Actually Bug Tussel is in Oklahoma and the town that Democrat Carl Albert, one time speaker of the House came from. The USDA headquarters should be moved to Garden City, KS.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: bad-hair 5/23/2019 7:03:33 PM (No. 82956)
Thanx for the correction #10. I was taking a wild assed guess but the point still stands. The millennial wimps will go back to their Moms' house in NYC before they get 50 miles away from Bug Tussel.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: watashiyo 5/23/2019 7:11:45 PM (No. 82961)
Brilliant! Clean the swamps and more job opportunity for the rural community.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: doctorfixit 5/23/2019 7:24:01 PM (No. 82968)
National security concerns would seem to recommend dispersing ALL federal agencies across the nation.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: MISteve 5/23/2019 7:38:23 PM (No. 82973)
“Brilliant!” has been mentioned in 3 posts to this point. All I can add is “Brilliant!” Someone tell Trump!
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Reply 15 - Posted by: PostAway 5/23/2019 7:40:19 PM (No. 82975)
And while you’re at it, make air conditioning illegal in all office spaces in D.C. That ought to give the country a four month reprieve each year from the goons in government and the parasites they attract and their bright ideas.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Geoman 5/23/2019 7:47:06 PM (No. 82977)
FTA: "...six employees have already quit their jobs with the government agency in response to the planned move." Interesting that the author/editor equates a half-dozen feds with staffers quitting "en mass."
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Vaquero45 5/23/2019 7:58:43 PM (No. 82982)
If ever there was a more useless agency than the USDA, I can't imagine what it would be. I hope they ALL quit! This is excellent news. Maybe they can tear down the whole USDA headquarters (it takes up an entire city block in DC) and then turn it into a park - or a shooting range.....
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Reply 18 - Posted by: Safari Man 5/23/2019 8:48:56 PM (No. 83009)
I propose we relocate the House of Representatives to Point Barrow Alaska and the Senate to Detroit.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: tom7 5/23/2019 8:59:29 PM (No. 83013)
Reducing the federal payroll sounds like a winning approach.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts 5/23/2019 9:34:20 PM (No. 83031)
Not to worry. I'm certain that Secretary Purdue can easily replace all those bureaucrats who decide to leave the USDA.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: john56 5/24/2019 7:00:13 AM (No. 83216)
There's the old story about one day, a USDA employee shows up for work and is crying. A co-worker asks what's wrong and the USDA employee says, "My farmer died."
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