(TRO FIRE) – Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will prevent federal workers from receiving raises in the year 2019, a move that could prove to be disastrous both for the economy and for his reelection chances. While his reelection chances certainly don't matter to most of us, what is concerning is the fact that hundreds of thousands of workers are going to see their buying power decrease as the cost of everything else goes up.
Shortly before the New Year began, Donald Trump signed an executive order that prohibits any kind of pay raise for federal employees for the year 2019. So for the remainder of this year (which just began a few days ago), federal workers know they will not be getting any kind of pay raise whatsoever. The military is exempt from this. They're still going to get their 2.6 percent pay increase. Donald Trump told them it was ten. Uh, actually said that to their faces during his little troop visit recently, but it's actually 2.6 percent. They're going to get that they're going to be taken care of, but literally everyone else, you're not getting a raise this year even though you were scheduled to get a 2.1 percent pay increase to keep pace with wages for the private sector. And the reason the president's doing this, and he's actually been hinting at it since last August, is because the federal government just doesn't have any money anymore.