Please, god, let Giuliani get the nomination.
I found this post on FedBlog. I did not write it, but I agree with it.
“Giuliani The Slasher Returns
By Tom Shoop | Thursday, November 29, 2007 | 10:17 AM
Rudy Giuliani was at it again last night in the CNN-YouTube Republican debate. Asked what he would do to reduce the national debt, he once more took the opportunity to flog his pet proposal to slash federal spending and the federal workforce. Here’s what he said:
I think you have to do across-the-board spending cuts like Ronald Reagan did — 5, 10 percent per civilian agency. It should be done right now, actually. President Bush should do it to strengthen the dollar. We should commit not to rehire half of the civilian employees that will retire. That’s 42 percent of the federal workforce that will retire in the next 10 years. Don’t rehire half of them. Use technology — one person doing the job of two or three. Every business has done it; the government has to do it.
Isn’t it about time somebody started calling him on this stuff? Such as:
- Nobody knows how many federal employees actually will retire in the next 10 years. That 42 percent is merely a projection of people likely to retire based on estimates that have proven less than fully accurate in the past.
- Is Giuliani really in favor of a haphazard cut to federal operations based on who happens to retire? So if FEMA gets an unusually high number of retirements, he’s fine with cutting our disaster response capability and potentially leaving excess capacity elsewhere?
- Government, just like the businesses Giuliani touts, already has replaced hundreds of thousands of workers with technology. Bill Clinton proudly claimed credit for slashing nearly 400,000 jobs during his administration, and agencies spent billions of dollars on technology (and contract workers) to continue to meet their missions. (By the way, does anybody think the federal government improved as a result?) Since George W. Bush took office, thousands of jobs have been added back, but mostly in the homeland security and defense areas. Does Mr. 9/11 really think that those are the jobs that we need to eliminate?
As I’ve said before, issues like these are simply too important to let candidates slide by with glib promises.”