Let them eat surplus cheese

Of course he did.

President Donald Trump issued an executive order Friday freezing federal workers’ pay for 2019, following through on a proposal he announced earlier in the year.

The move, which nixes a 2.1% across-the-board pay raise that was set to take effect in January, comes as hundreds of thousands of federal employees are expecting to begin the new year furloughed or working without pay because of a partial government shutdown.

Trump told lawmakers he planned to scrap the 2019 pay bump for federal workers in August, saying the federal budget couldn’t support it. In addition to the 2.1% pay increase, the executive order also cancels a yearly adjustment of paychecks based on the region of the country where workers are posted, called the “locality pay increase,” that was due to take effect in January.

Right; the federal budget can support a giant tax cut for the rich, and it can support paying for Trump to swan off to Florida nearly every weekend and Secret Service for his kids’ business trips, but it can’t support a tiny pay rise for federal workers at a time when housing costs and medical costs and education costs are soaring way beyond what we are told is the official inflation rate.

About 380,000 federal employees are on furlough and 420,000 are working without pay as the new year approaches.

In a letter to House and Senate leaders in August, Trump described the pay increase as “inappropriate.”

“We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” the President wrote.

But it can sustain reckless tax cuts on the rich and reckless spending on the military and Wall. Sure.

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