A coalition of conservative organizations, spearheaded by the Heritage Foundation, is gearing up in anticipation of a potential second term for Donald Trump in the White House.
This pre-emptive move comes over a year before the 2024 elections. The ambitious initiative, termed “Project 2025,” envisions a transformative approach to governing, aiming to reshape the federal bureaucracy, reduce its size and influence, and remove what they deem as “deep state” personnel. The strategy involves the potential firing of up to 50,000 federal workers.
The blueprint, laid out in a comprehensive 1,000-page handbook, is devised to address challenges faced during Trump’s initial term. Among its more contentious propositions is the reinstatement of Schedule F, a Trump-era executive order which would reclassify a significant number of federal employees, making them easier to terminate. While proponents believe this will enable a more efficient alignment with presidential directives, critics, including academic experts, caution it might undermine the professionalism and impartiality of the civil service, returning to a politically-driven spoils system.
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