Romney-Ryan would target federal workers
August 13th, 2012
02:44 PM ET
2 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.

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  1. Howard

    HOPE AND CHANGE = Replacing Obama with Romney & Ryan ... followed by replacing the far left, biased, partisan main stream media with fair, balanced and objective journalists !!!

    August 13, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  2. myviewis

    I say they need to start with the GSA department. Better yet, replace the current GSA employees with those standing in the unemployment line so at least the unemployed can enjoy some of those goodies the GSA employees have been enjoying for so long.

    August 13, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  3. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    @ Wes. Larry Craig has a stance too. A wide one per all reports.
    Your point is?

    August 13, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. cali girl

    How about they start with the Senate and House. Overpaid party of NO don't deserve a dime, on a 5 week vacation on the Americans money. 31 times they go after ACA to repeal it, and jobs are needed and yet the middle finger is always held up to the American people.

    August 13, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. California

    Why are democrats ignorant to the fact that Obama has increased taxes on the middle class?

    August 13, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Ed1

    GI Joe

    The government was for the people by the people not for the government by the government for the government. The jobs that would be lost is due to the overspending and additional jobs the elected people created to pay for their election promises they made.

    Look at Europe and that is where we will be at in just a few years from now if we don't cut spending and the government should be one of the first places to start including all elected officials.

    We should do away with matching funds too what a waste that would be a small start but you have to start some where.

    August 13, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Sanchez

    How arrogant! Who are they to judge federal workers? Most of Ryan's career has been in federal government and I'm sure he never questioned the amount of money he earned. Perhaps it is him who is over paid.

    August 13, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Obama - 4 Years of Lying, 4 Years of FAILURE

    OH NO!!! How will we EVER survive without 57 government agencies all doing the same thing?!! How will we EVER get by without sending all those busy GSA employees to Las Vegas for "conferences" and "education"?!!! There is not one single oz. of fat and waste in that $3.5 TRILLION federal government "non-budget". This will spell the destruction of the USA as we know it. Just gotta love the libtards.....

    August 13, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    That sign over Mitten's right shoulder describes GOP policies to a tee!

    August 13, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. anonoymous

    Yes i've been to the po lately....I work there! just don't understand how cutting my pay and benfits will help strengthen the economy...yeah they'll create new jobs at 4.25 an hr no benefits..Only a fool thinks R & R is for the middle class. this race is about color not black white or brown. it's green!

    August 13, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Curt

    Will anyone ever admit that one of the major reasons for the deficit is the fact that Bush/Cheney got the country involved in two unnecessary wars with no tax increase to pay for them? The only people that benefited from the wars was Cheney's old company. ( sure he probably got a kickback ) Believe the U.S. spends more on the military than all the other countries combined. Whats that tell you. Sophistcated weapons don't seem to be able to conquer the Taliban or other types of insurgents. Lets remember people, didn't win in Korea, didn't win in Vietnam, Iraq and Afganistan but we've sure spent alot of money. Lets start the cuts with members of congress. No more golden health plans, retirement packages and maybe they could actually work as much in a year as the rest of us.

    August 13, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Funny how Mittens 'n' Munster and the GOP gripe about how federal workers are paid too much, yet defend CEO and Wall Street compensation, saying that you have to pay for the best and the brightest and incentivize folks to do their best.

    Hypocrites! It's all about the GOP's desire to privatize everything, regardless of the fact that profit is not a good motive when it comes to infrastructure and other governmental responsibilities.

    August 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. mncountry92

    I challenge both of them to come live in my house for 90 days on my wages of less than $30K with no access to their wealth at all during their stay ... Then we'll talk about who gets their pay cut/froze or let go ...

    August 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    @resalitybites, you are an idiot!
    I know a LOT of federal workers who work their behinds off every day and sometimes on weekends!
    You know who doesn't work and get more days off than anyone else except Europeans? Members of congress.
    Workers get the Monday holiday but congress gets takes the whole week. Most fed works take one week of vacation while congress takes off the whole month of August!

    August 13, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    Gee, what will happen to unemployment when all these federal workers are laid off? It will go up.

    And the economy? It will tank because that many fewer wage earners will be spending their money on goods and services.

    These GOP yahoos are a bunch of idiots when it comes to the economy!

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    August 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Eddie The Barber

    Let's start with the R&R boys – retire Ryan and cut Romney's tax loopholes and government welfare. That should be job 1 – our job.

    August 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. Donkey Party

    California – Obama raised taxes on the middle-class? Keep lies like that stuffed back up inside your colon-portal where they belong.

    August 13, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @myviewis: "I say they need to start with the GSA department."

    How about you demanding Halliburton reimburse the American taxpayer for the $23 billion that went missing and doing such things as buying old military equipment from Poland and then billing us for top-class weapons?

    August 13, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    Since your America-hating, freeloading right-wingers hate the government so much, how about you all move to Somalia, or Sudan, and try out their brand of "small" government.

    August 13, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. rs

    You have to love the GOP. "We'll increase employment by destroying federal jobs". Really, they think this way? And they think they have the answers?

    August 13, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. California

    It's apparent that there's a lot of paid government workers on this article.

    Now we know what they do when they're working.

    August 13, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. California

    Why did Obama take $700 Billion from Medicare essentially destroying it?

    August 13, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Ron Reagan

    Hey Canuck, When we need military advice from you we will beat it out of you. Now don't be upset if we kindly ask Harper for help in doing so as traditions are hard to break. : ) Seriously, we can strategically cut but to wholesale gut the military as was done under Jimmy Carter just led to larger expense later to rebuild from scratch. We will always be a target in the world. Especially here in Arizona with the large surplus of lily white Canadian legs prancing about.

    August 13, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Obama - 4 Years of Lying, 4 Years of FAILURE

    anonoymous - this race is about color not black white or brown. it's green!
    ======================================================
    It's about the RED ink... Spending $1.5 TRILLION more than you take in EVERY YEAR is pure insanity. The only way the federal government gets away with it is because they own the printing presses. Look at the Democrat controlled California that tetters on the verge of bankruptcy and some of the cities and towns there that are declaring bankruptcy.

    If you thought the 2008 financial collapse was bad, just wait until the massive liberal government debt bubble explodes and takes everything down with it. The Democrats and libtards have many convinced they have have a free ride forever. Guess what? The free rides ends when the plane hits the ground. Then you pay dearly.

    August 13, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    If you want to know what draconian spending cuts, especially reducing federal payrolls, will do to the economy, you only need to look at Europe over the past 4 years.

    August 13, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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