Federal pay cuts? Yeah, let’s do it.
November 13, 2010
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Republicans say a good start to reducing the budget deficit is to cut the pay of federal employees and roll back all federal spending to 2008 levels. I might be able to go with that but how serious are the Donkeys when they say these things? Would this cut apply to the 100,000 U.S. troops risking their lives in Afghanistan. What about the guys making the really big bucks over there: the 100,000 plus private contractors? Will they take a cut too? Fat chance.
If there is a move to reduce federal payrolls, it will certainly include the members of the House and Senate, right? They will happily take that 10% reduction, I’m sure. Why stop with simple tweaks to payroll? Let’s do something really impactful now and over the long term. Seriously. Let’s reduce the size of congress. Why do we need 435 congressperson, anyway? What if we had, let’s say, 350 or 300? We would have a far more efficient, cost-effective Congress. Less salaries and generous benefits for life, way fewer staffers, less time wasted debating, quicker votes. Come on, people. Think outside the box and reduce the size of the federal government where it will make the biggest difference.