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Thanks To Rex Tillerson For Cleaning Up The State Department

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I have a bit of a personal history with the Department of State, which you can read about here. It’s impossible for me to be objective when I hear about bad things happening to State Dept. employees, so I won’t even bother to try.

This story puts a big smile on my face! Margaret Brennan and Kylie Atwood, CBS News:

While Rex Tillerson is on his first overseas trip as Secretary of State, his aides laid off staff at the State Department on Thursday.

Much of seventh-floor staff, who work for the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources and the Counselor offices, were told today that their services were no longer needed.

These staffers in particular are often the conduit between the secretary’s office to the country bureaus, where the regional expertise is centered.

Ah. The “conduit.” Sorta like this guy:

How will the U.S. government function without these staffers for the… what was it? The Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources? Yes, that’s actually a thing. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it before, because you’re payin’ for it anyway.

And what a great job our State Dept. has been doing, huh? Just one huge success after another. The world is in much better shape than it was 8 years ago, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Deputy Secretary of Whatnot and So Forth.

Look, I’m not a Trump guy and I don’t like big government, so I hate it when Trump babbles about expanding government. (“We’re gonna take care of everybody,” etc.) But I applaud any news about his appointees telling government employees, “You’re fired.” Finally, some accountability. Some consequences.

And of course, our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters will lament the loss of these hard-working public servants. Fine, go ahead.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: