Th­ese are Amer­i­can jobs, too

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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

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