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  •  Firing 20% of fed workforce (0+ / 0-)

    Does not sound enticing to me, not when so many private sector companies have taken to outsourcing and offshoring factories.  Fire workers with nothing for them to go to except service sector jobs and you will create instant republicans/libertarians.  

    •  But keeping them on the payroll (0+ / 0-)

      both increases the debt and keeps them away from economically productive work. Every gov't worker is paid using someone else's taxes -- some fraction of them should be producing taxes, not consuming them.

      Just throwing them out on the street is what the Republicans would do. Dems presumably would do it in conjunction with some kind of sensible labor policy.

      •  I have a problem with this (1+ / 0-)
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        Don't you think that park rangers are doing economically productive work?

      •  It depends on what jobs you are talking about (6+ / 0-)

        There are better ways to reduce the debt without firing salaried government employees who perform useful tasks for the American public.  

        Take outsourcing in the Army for instance.  We contract with Haliburton and others to provide transportation services for heavy equpiment in Iraq, for instance.  The Haliburton subcontracers rake in 50,60,70+ thousand a year in salary.  These jobs were done with GIs for a LOT less before.  

        There is a ton of waste in military and civilian contracts.  I suggest we start there, and avoid firing regular salaried employees at all cost.

        But before we do any of that we MUST focus our attention on private sector outsourcing and offshoring of manufacturing, which is helping to destroy the middle class.  A lot of people are worried about how they are going to pay their student loans, mortages and credit debt off.  Democrats had better not ignore this.  

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