Natalia Castro

Natalia Castro is a contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government and can be reached at

Natalia Castro

Did an Obama Executive Order force the government to hire unqualified applicants?

By Natalia Castro Employees should be hired based on their ability to complete the tasks they have been assigned and nothing else. Yet under the Obama administration, hiring practices for the federal government were moved away from merit to fulfill goals irrelevant to the positions. Policies intended […]


VA MISSION Act will help veterans get health care privately, but Congress needs to find $50 billion of spending cuts to help pay for it

By Natalia Castro Congress and President Donald Trump have worked together for the last two years to promote efficiency at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA); unfortunately, recent reports reveal optimal care for our veterans cannot be achieved in the public sector alone. With the passage of […]


The time is now for civil service reform is now and Congress must act

By Natalia Castro Civil service reform is not a new idea; it has been promoted throughout history to give government employees greater protections and maintain the efficiency of government operations. But as reforms have occurred, they have consistently empowered unions and diminished the rights of individual workers. […]


Janus decision could restore freedom to choose to opt out of public sector unions

By Natalia Castro The Supreme Court is just days away from deciding a case that will alter the status of state and local public sector unions in the United States. Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (Janus) will determine an employee’s ability to opt out of state and local union dues. Mark Janus challenged […]


Members of Congress cannot go around telling Blue Water Navy veterans they were exposed to Agent Orange and then do nothing about it

By Natalia Castro Nothing brings the American people together quite like honoring our veterans, and the same is true for Congress. Despite a polarizing political climate, Republicans and Democrats have consistently come together to put the care of our veterans first. While this trend on the surface […]


Why are politicians adamant about protecting the animals in MS-13?

By Natalia Castro As Congress and the Executive Branch continue to focus on immigration reform, they must focus on MS-13. Liberal counties would have their residence believe the safety of these gang members must be prioritized over the safety of law-abiding citizens-this mentality has fueled the gang’s […]


Who is this MS-13 gang the media and Democrats are defending?

By Natalia Castro Since the 2016 election, President Donald Trump has waged war on gangs within the U.S., most notably, the violent MS-13. For nearly 40 years, MS-13 has grown across the United States and Central American to become one of the deadliest gangs in the world. […]


Socialism keeps failing in Venezuela because the people there keep voting for it

By Natalia Castro Venezuela is a country destroyed by socialism and the most recent election is evidence of the country’s crumbling institutions. Despite growing destitution, hunger, and political unrest, Nicolas Maduro has been re-elected to serve as President of Venezuela. Maduro has extended the reign of socialism […]


Federal civil service abuses bigger than just the VA

By Natalia Castro When news broke of employees at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) putting the lives of veterans at risk with waiting lists to die, the country was outraged. When it became clear that these employees were not being terminated for their failures and mismanagement, […]


Before we know what happened, the left wastes no time in politicizing tragedy

By Natalia Castro Once again, our country has been struck by tragedy, and the left is using the tragedy as an opportunity to promote an anti-gun agenda. Now more than ever it is important that the American people look to facts and not rhetoric to prevent our […]


Are federal and state-funded child care centers funding terrorist groups overseas?

By Natalia Castro Welfare fraud is an expensive problem for American taxpayers, but as a new report reveals, the cost might not be just an economic one. Day care fraud in Minnesota has shed light onto illegal methods of funding terrorist organizations in the Middle East and […]


Pruitt’s latest move is making the EPA more efficient in the permitting process with civil service reforms

By Natalia Castro The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been plagued with inefficiency for years. The Partnership for Public Service has ranked the EPA 22 out of 23 ineffective leadership for a mid-sized agency for the last two years in a row. The Resource for the Future, an environmental, energy, and natural resource research institution , found that the average EPA permit process […]


Job Security: Federal civil service employees have a 99.5 percent chance of never being fired

By Natalia Castro The average American looking for complete job security need not look further than the non-defense federal government’s public workforce, where there is a 99.5 percent chance they will never be fired for cause according to data retrieved from the Office of Personnel Management’s FedScope . It is nearly impossible for a federal workforce employee to […]


Tax cuts give the economy a boost as states, cities see immediate benefits

By Natalia Castro With the help of the recently passed tax cuts and reform, many states and cities are getting a boost as they feel incentives to lower taxes and further spur job and wage growth. While it is still early, the Republican tax plan is already […]


The Senate still has more work to do on confirmations

By Natalia Castro Mitch McConnell has pledged to cement President Donald Trump’s conservative legacy by using the Republican majority, while he still has it, to confirm as many of Trump’s judicial nominees as possible. As pressure surrounding midterms mounts, McConnell should be praised for expediting the confirmation […]

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