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.”

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9 responses

  1. Jesse

    The one guy on stage who actually could answer the question wan’t even given the time of day.
    It’s a travesty.
    I bet that Giuliani actually gets so much attention because of the disabgreeability that surrounds the man. Unfortunately, it seems, people these days are so confused that this negative popularity becomes misunderstood as public support of the man. Applause at the debate is a false representation of the true political climate and only serves to exsacerbate and misdirect the focus on the issues.

    That’s my two cents.
    I mean, really, who supports this guy? The only people I personally know are few and mostly support the Party, not the man, per se.

    December 3, 2007 at 2:23 pm

  2. Yet another reason why I want him to be the Republican candidate. ;)

    December 3, 2007 at 2:34 pm

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  5. Jesse

    Fair enough. I gather that you want the Republican Party to lose? Does it also mean you think a different candidate would do much better than Giuliani?

    December 3, 2007 at 4:17 pm

  6. I’m not a fan of the Republican party at all, but I can’t say I’m a fan of the Dems anymore, either. It’s really too bad that the goal has changed from choosing the best person for the job to choosing the most electable person. And, to answer your question, I think Giuliani is the most vulnerable.

    December 3, 2007 at 4:31 pm

  7. representativepress

    Here is a question that should have been asked but wasn’t: YouTube Question for Giuliani
    Giuliani must be held accountable for this outrageous lie. Please pass this video on to everyone you can. E-mail, post on blogs and Internet forums.

    December 3, 2007 at 5:25 pm

  8. Just to be clear – I didn’t write the post. It was written by Tom Shoop on FedBlog.

    December 3, 2007 at 5:59 pm

  9. Jesse

    I agree. There is much resentment held towards both parties. The constitution(Supreme Law of the Land) really has become a victim of executive power and corporate greed. Ron Paul is the only one addressing these issues directly and he means it. If we don’t get a serious change in attitude soon, things are only going to become worse. He’s a physician, economist, and statesman. The 3 biggest issues. Healthcare, the economy, and the perogative of the US Government. Being realistic, he can’t do all that he would like to see done, but the priorities are what matters. Making sure people have the money they need (abolish the IRS, stop spending money we don’t have!, stop unecessarily taxing those with health issues and allow for tax credits). Defend Civil liberties here at home (American Freedom Agenda Act). Repeal the Patriot Act. Bring the troops home. What did I miss? Oh yeah, “he can’t win.” Or, “I wouldn’t vote for a Republican.” Both are poor excuses and a cop-out.

    December 4, 2007 at 11:39 am

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