Time for a “Bottom Blow”

Time for a “Bottom Blow”!

The Navy has a term, “bottom blow”. Here’s a Google search of the phrase.
“There have been a number of bottom-blows in the Navy. Basically the Navy decides that they want to get rid of the bottom x% of poor performing Sailors.”

Are Sailors the only ones who perform poorly?

The Government Accounting Office (GAO), recently released a report declaring 99% of employees as successful. Pronouncements such as this are not to be believed and indicate that a self regulating government is impossible.

Roman Legions used decimation within the ranks to motivate and maintain discipline in their armies. Basically the policy was to draw lots and kill every tenth man. No need for Tony Robbins to give a seminar, it was pretty straight forward.

It’s time to decimate the Federal Government. I’m not advocating killing anyone, just lay them off. At every GS pay grade, eliminate 10 % of the work force. It simply must be done!


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  1. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    What. the. Actual. Fuck.

    Lay off 10% of the Federal work force? Just because??

    Who do you suppose will be hurt? Who do you suppose will be helped?

    Can we start with Republican Congresscritters and their staff people? Just because?

    • Powerful PearPowerful Pear says:

      Who is hurt when a business closes it doors? Who is hurt when coal miners are put out of work? Who is hurt when employees are moved to part time. Who is hurt when automation replaces a worker? Who is hurt when technology disrupts products.

      Why are government workers exempt from job loss? Why are the Phoenix VA employees not held accountable?

      Start where you want, just START!

      An undeniable economic truth, when the government spends a dollar, you don't get a chance too. 

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Here's an example of why your proposal isn't workable. The White River National Forest; which stretches from the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnels to Grand Mesa; and is the most heavily visited national forest in the country; has about 150 approved positions. A third of them are vacant due to lack of appropriated dollars.

        If you want to start someplace, how about streamlining the Pentagon and all its civilian employees and contractors? Would you support the continuing call from Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) for an audit of the Pentagon? How come Defense is the only Federal government agency that won't submit itself to audit by the GAO (Government Accountability Office)?

      • BlueCatBlueCat says:

        Actually government  positions at federal, state and local levels have been cut over the last two decades. Government workers like police, fire fighters, teachers, EMTs, air traffic controllers, various inspectors, social service workers, to name a few have been cut with nothing positive, socially or economically, to show for it.

  2. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Because our fascist ovverlords want it, mj.  That way they can cut taxes and hire more lobbyists to bedazzle the overworked federal employees and cut social security so they can increase the business subsidies.

  3. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    By the way, idiot pair, decimation was only used if a legion had shown cowardice in battle.

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      And what is the relation between the arbitrary drawing of lots, a la decimation as punishment for cowardice, and getting rid of some under-performing percent based on low performance?  Pair can't even keep the logic of his/her illogical premise straight.

      Cutting the federal workforce is just another mass instance of cutting jobs, always bad for the economy of the communities in which those people work and whose businesses don't care where their clients and customers get their pay checks from as long as they have money to spend in their businesses. Especially bad during tough economic times when the government is one of the few large scale employers available to provide good jobs. 

      These job losses are not made up for by hiring in the private sector that replaces the lost jobs with equally good ones. It doesn't save tax payers money since they wind up paying in so many other ways for the results…. unemployment, income losses due to decreased business in their communities,  job loss among people those businesses no longer need or can afford as many employees due to the decrease, job losses resulting from businesses in the community failing altogether.

      There isn't a shred of evidence that laying off government workers at federal, state or local level has resulted in a more vibrant private sector economy in any community or in anything other than fewer people with middle class incomes to spend and to generate tax revenue for needs like infrastructure and good schools and a deterioration in basic vital government services available to the public.

      It's another one of those articles of faith that pass for sound economic theory among conservatives. Evidence free, they believe in arbitrary government shrinking as a panacea in the same way people choose to believe in one religion or another. Indeed…. just because.

    • Powerful PearPowerful Pear says:

      Kind of like, "Work or be fired".

  4. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    What powerless pair has forgotten is that enron used just those mandated cuts in its heyday.  How did that work out, powerless one?

  5. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    TSA basically tried this, losing about 12% of their operations staff from 2015 to mid-year 2016. Security lines backed up travelers for hours, causing many to miss planes.

    Congressional hearings resulted, as people seemed to object to such an inconvenience.

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