Romney-Ryan would target federal workers
August 13th, 2012
02:44 PM ET
6 years ago

Romney-Ryan would target federal workers

New York (CNNMoney) - Federal workers' jobs will be under fire if Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win November's election.

Both Romney and Ryan have made it clear that they think federal workers are one reason the nation's deficit is too high, and have talked about shrinking payrolls and cutting benefits.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan
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  1. RealityBites

    Romney/Ryan will get my vote on this one issue alone.

    August 13, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    How many times do I have to tell you? Mittens is being "hired" by his "investors" to do to the federal gov't exactly what he did to companies while at Bain: massively reduce the workforce, raid the pensions and health care plans, and, if possible or "necessary," send it into bankruptcy...all in order to extract a profit for said "investors." Guess who Mittens' "investors" are and who will make the most "profit" from Mittens and Ryan disassembling the federal gov't?

    August 13, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Of course, throwing more people out of work, cutting benefits...its what Romney is really good at. Too bad its never resulted in a stronger economy.

    August 13, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. Tony Z

    Does that mean they will target the retirement plans and healthcare benefits of Congress? That would save millions of dollars to the budget.

    August 13, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. RealityBites

    Less Work, Higher Pay, Expensive Benefits and a Lavish Retirement Plan.., all on the tax payers dime.
    Wake up America!!

    August 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  6. Canuck

    These two guys are so immoral. How could you not consider defence spending cuts to the United States ridiculously bloated military???

    August 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    They'll go after the "little" people, then vote themselves another raise because they saved so much.

    Put Congress on mimimum wage and social security. THEN it will get fixed the correct way.

    August 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. 1twinswin

    Lovely picture just over Romney's shoulder.

    August 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. obama victim

    good......a lot of gov't jobs can be outsourced.......better work for less cost.........anyone been to the Post Office lately??

    August 13, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. sonny chapman

    What would the Repub. Party be w/out a Boogeyman ? If Govt. workers are making more than PRIVATE SECTOR workers, shouldn't one consider RAISING the earnings of private sector workers ? It might also boost the 70% of our National Economy, CONSUMER SPENDING.

    August 13, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Hopefully congress will get their perks slashed.

    August 13, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Seems to me they want to fire more people.. That will definitely help (NOT).

    Ryan's plan alone will cut over 4 million jobs in 2 years. Talk about Wrong way Wromney.

    August 13, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    So THAT'S how they will cut taxes for middle class - cut their pay, they owe less in taxes ..........................

    August 13, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. Howard

    YEAH ... Stop spending more than we have ... start by reducing the size of our bloated government ... along with government waste ... duplicate spending ... bloated pensions ... salaries which far exceed the private sector (who pays them) ... and some oversight and accountability !!!

    August 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. Wes

    At least they have a stance, Obama's plan is still Hope and Change

    August 13, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    Hmmm – they've lost the poor, the elderly, the blacks, women, hispanics, a lot of non-catholics/non-mormons, and now they want to lose the government workers.

    But they can buy the election - or steal it by blocking democrats from voting.

    August 13, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Lynda/Minnesota

    OMG ... matching GOPers shirts for the Bobbsey Twins! How delicious is that?

    August 13, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Jon

    Ryan's plan will not cut 4 million jobs, but when those people retire, it does not automatically rehire that position.

    August 13, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. CBR

    Interesting. Perhaps Mr. Ryan can share with us how he became a millionaire while working in Washington, His background shows that he has a modest background. The salaries of Reps.and Senators is supposedly not enough to live on without outside resources. Isn't that hwy they constantly vote themselves raises.

    August 13, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Darryl

    Attack Fed. Workers ? Right up Romneys alley, fire-em, shut-em down, lets let Big Corporations wright their own rules and regulations. Gut Medicare, privitize Social Security and send it to Wallstreet. Let's give MORE Tax breaks to the TOP 2 Percent. .................all of the above ? NEVER!

    August 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Ed1

    Don't you stupid people know our tax dollars are paying for the government jobs that are controlled by unions and how are they doing not so good are they.

    We shouldn't have any tax dollars going to any union jobs period.

    The Senate and Congress should have term limits, no retirement except SS, 401K what they pay into not tax dollars, health care like everyone else, medicare like I have, and no tax funded retirement period.

    All government workers should be nonunion and get paid on their performance how they spend our tax dollars if they don't make any money they don't get raises or a bonus. Try working for a living like the rest of us do and see how long you will last. My company doesn't give out raises for spending more than you take in and I don't think our tax dollars should do the same.

    The raises and bonuses that GM paid out should be taken back until they pay all of their loans back they got from our taxes to be used to pay down our debt then after that is done they might want to look at a bonus or raise.

    August 13, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Aw Gee,
    Ye who have little faith. Of course most Federal Workers will be uh, Fired, Laid off, Re-assigned. Since all Social Programs will be eventually shut down, sent to the states, they will have jobs with the states, maybe even in productive enterprises!! When the R and R Adminstration takes charge you will see real progress!!

    August 13, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    obama victim wrote: "good......a lot of gov't jobs can be outsourced"

    Well there you go. See Romney, Willard. Straight out of the Gov 47th playbook, he ran that one a while back . Think that one is was the Calcutta shuffle. You see outsourced MA govt jobs: to INDIA!!!! Why pledge allegiance to the United States when one can make a buck and steal good American jobs while not paying taxes on the transaction too. Willard's got his, too bad for you.
    Willard Robmey: a job creator for China and India. Meanwhile that will not help with Willard's claims of adding 12 million jobs here in the USofA. Willard will outsource people's jobs, and Paul will take their medicare....all in the name of being good religious boys Willard and Paulie will tell you.

    August 13, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "What would the Repub. Party be w/out a Boogeyman ?"

    The historical record is clear on their answer to this: invent a new one.

    August 13, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. GI Joe

    At least they have a stance, Obama's plan is still Hope and Change
    So you want people to vote for someone that offers NO hope? Sheeesh!!!

    August 13, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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