Now, government employees are walking in coal miners’ shoes …

“Retrain and relocate” sounds so reasonable … unless you’re the one needing to retrain & relocate.
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When the Obama administration declared war on coal, and Hillary famously declared “we’re going to put a lot of coal companies out of business and a lot of coal miners out of work” … most government employees whopped and hollered in delight.

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Their advice: Shake it off, coal miners.

Go back to school and get trained as a java programmer (even if that’s a quantum leap from your skills, education and interests … and as natural as learning to speak Swahili).

Move to thriving locales like Austin or Palo Alto (even if it means leaving 3 generations of family and friends behind).

Suck it up and turn the page, bro.

You’ve got to embrace change and adapt to the changing times (even if the change is artificially induced by government know-it-alls)

Well, it looks like the worm has turned …

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First, Candidate Trump promised to cut waste & inefficiency …. and reduce the size of the Federal government.

Yeah, other Presidential candidates have promised to do the same.

The difference?

President Trump means business

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For example, he has already put a freeze on new hiring …. except military personnel and jobs deemed “necessary to meet national security or public safety responsibilities.”

While pundits say the move is more symbolic than substantial, I think it’s a loud warning shot of what’s to come.

And, he’s searching for “chunks” of duplicated effort (really, 83 organizational units working on education standards? ) … paper-shuffling … and intellectual kibitzing that doesn’t incite action.

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There’s definitely a new sheriff in town.

But, not to worry government employees who are on the bubble.

So what if your job vaporizes?

Simply go back to school and get trained as a java programmer.

Pack your bags and move to thriving locales like Austin or Palo Alto.

You know, retrain & relocate.

Hmmm.

Where have I heard that before?

As the original Grandma Homa used to say: “What goes around comes around”.

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2 Responses to “Now, government employees are walking in coal miners’ shoes …”

  1. SJ Says:

    I would add: Move to thriving locales like Austin or Palo Alto (even if it means living below poverty rate, as the salary there will not cover minimum expenses).

  2. John carpenter Says:

    OK…I don’t get it. So the best thing to do is to sit around at your ancestral home and wait for the government to re-fund your old, obsolete job?

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