Moving Day in DC?

Must admit that I haven’t had time to think this through yet, so I sure could use your input on a GOP idea of  having “most federal agencies out of Washington, D.C. and into a variety of regions throughout the United States that have been deemed economically distressed.”

I think I like it.   YOU?

Z

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15 Responses to Moving Day in DC?

  1. bocopro says:

    My suggestion is to encapsulate every structure in the entire federal district. A coat of clear weatherproof acrylic on every surface, inside and out, of the whole shebang – capitol, court, mall, offices, chambers, benches, statuary – to preserve it as a memorial/tourist attraction symbolizing what greed, hypocrisy, lust for power, hubris, entrenchment, and an irreconcilably adversarial two-party political system result in.

    Reduce the federal government by at least 90% by eliminating meaningless, superfluous, redundant, overlapping, intrusive, restrictive, costly, self-feeding agencies such as EPA, NEA, NSA, FEMA, TSA, DEA, FCC, DoE, and several others.

    Revise and simplify the tax code, then trim the IRS down to an agency which costs less than a tenth of the nearly $12 BILLION it spends every year. Get central government out of schools, out of health care, and out of people’s bedrooms.

    Relocate essential agency HQs to medium-sized cities across the nation; given today’s communications technology, no reason exists to concentrate all central government operation into one snarled target location in a moral, ethical, political, and environmental swamp.

    Return the federal government to its intended job as a referee for commercial, international, and monetary dealings involving any or all of the individual states, provide for national defense (including border security), maintain interstate roads and bridges, operate the Postal Service, and establish reciprocity and standard rules for such things as patents, copyrights, taxation, and representation.

    A nation should have common borders, common laws, common language, common traditions, and common religious beliefs. We most certainly do not have those today.

    And now that I’ve upset myself, it’s time for some breakfast . . . and a nap.

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  2. bunkerville says:

    Why spread the filth into the rest of America? Let them all dwell in the swamp.

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  3. kidme37 says:

    Well, it occurs to me Virginia has a large population of federal ‘workers’ and it is why Virginia remains a blue state. It occurs to me they may want to infest red states and turn them purple. There is always a reason for this kind of stuff and it is never they one they spit out.

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  4. kidme37 says:

    PS – What boco said. When taxation began it was 1.5% and was to never exceed 7%. The feds have created agencies to launder money through and to provide meaningless do nothing jobs for friends, relatives, and people who are unemployable in the private sector.

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  5. geeez2014 says:

    Bocopro…I remember when we had a gov’t shut down and almost a million workers didn’t work; and people said things were going JUST FINE without them. I suppose we could CUT, that’d help.

    Kid, meaningless jobs to friends, relatives probably isn’t rampant but I’d say it’s probably happening….

    Bunkerville, there IS that!

    Of course, not ALL federal workers are liberals, but probably a big portion of them.

    This program COULD bring some economic improvement to areas in trouble………………no?

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  6. skudrunner says:

    DC and surrounding areas are a lost cause so why inflict our inefficient bureaucracy on the rest of the country. Because they are not use to being accountable for anything they would just fly in weekly to discuss important matters like what color the restroom should be.
    Maybe they could move HUD to Baltimore so they would be close to the action. With cummings gone there should be no resistance to a move of that sort.

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  7. Mustang says:

    Government agencies and their myriad of offices have already moved away from the beltway. The NSA’s data repository in Utah comes to mind. The Customs and Immigration Service is spread out all over the place. Sure, government spending (which knows no bounds) will help local communities, but I suspect that locals aren’t hired to work in these outlying areas because the government simply shifts its career civil servants around. The US government is much like an octopus; once it gets its tentacles around you, it never lets go. Plus, it would be difficult to organize a million-man march all over the Continental USA, wouldn’t it?

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  8. MAL says:

    On the surface it sounds good, however it would be impractical for them to meet frequently to discuss business (you know, “how can we rip off the people and further line our pockets?”).
    This doesn’t mean the swamp doesn’t need to be drained. Just cleansed. After all, it did work well for a couple of hundred years as it is and could/should again once drained of the leaches.

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  9. FB says:

    Just cut the workforce DRASTICALLY first. Then sure why not. Just don’t send them in red states so the cancer can metastasize.

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  10. geeez2014 says:

    WOW, just got home from a LONG DAY (tomorrow LONGER but FUN at the front desk sitting in for a friend who’s taking a long weekend…at the high school I LOVE!) and it seems to me like you are ALL on the same wavelength here.

    Main take-away…don’t do it, it’s only to make the swamp even BLUER!, and cut the workforce first.

    Remember the government shutdowns when I think something like 800,000 were not working and all went smoothly? Didn’t that tell us ANYTHING!?

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  11. Bob says:

    This may sound cruel, but my approach is to start with the EPA. Shut it completely down, now, firing ALL the employees .

    Assign a small town in the interior of the country in a state like in Texas (NO West Coast states & no Chicago) by lottery to be the new headquarters. Build the new HQ building, and after 18 months, open the doors and hire everybody as new hires.

    Then do the department of Education. Next, maybe the department of Agriculture. I believe things would improve exponentially.

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  12. geeez2014 says:

    Please pray for my sister’s home…..new fires now in her area again and she’s out of town till Saturday……thanks!

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  13. Baysider says:

    Rather like … um … BABEL! Disperse ’em (and take away their phones and email!) and it will be that much harder to conspire to no-goodism.

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  14. Law and Order Teacher says:

    I would say to every dept, you have thirty days to cut your budget by ten percent. And it must be a ten per cent cut, not a lower raise. The next year we’re doing ten per cent more. If it requires lay offs so be it. Each dept must also reduce their duties to reflect the cuts. That would reduce redundancy in the various agencies or as we called it in the military “mission creep” There is so much waste that needs to be cut. Then the reduced depts can be spread throughout the country.

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  15. MAL says:

    You’re absolutely correct, L & OT about the waste in government. When I worked for FNMA (FannieMae) in 1967-68 they spent a huge amount of time going through closed loan files checking their credit, income, all their verifications, etc. so I went to management and asked them what the heck they were doing because these loans were already closed and purchased by us, and we should be only be checking to be sure we had a duly signed note and deed of trust in the file. A couple of days later, they had a meeting informing us we no longer needed to do what we had been. It saved a huge amount of time. I’m sure it goes on in all government offices, including local State and County governments, too.

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