These are American jobs, too
It’s ironic that President Trump has touted his success at saving American jobs (such as the 800 jobs at a Carrier plant in Indiana) yet has no qualms about suggesting massive cuts to the federal workforce [“Federal workers fear layoffs inevitable,” front page, March 2]. The suggested 20 percent reduction in Environmental Protection Agency staff would eliminate approximately 3,000 jobs. And that’s just one federal agency. If 10 percent of nonmilitary civil service jobs were eliminated, that would be well over a quarter of a million people. It’s often overlooked that federal employees are also taxpayers, so tax revenue would be significantly reduced and unemployment claims would be significantly increased. The drag on the economy could be substantial, not to mention the devastation to families. Of course, all of this is aside from the valuable work federal employees do.
Mark Horowitz, Washington