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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Cutting federal workforce also means cutting taxpayer services

By Joe Davidson
Ed O'Keefe

If you thought the two-year pay freeze President Obama and Congress imposed on federal employees would mollify Republican calls for harsher worker sacrifices, you would be wrong.

The Republican Study Committee, a group that makes up almost 70 percent of the Republicans in the House, wants more.

Cutting spending to 2008 levels, as House Republicans proposed last year, would be just the start for the committee members.

Under the committee's Spending Reduction Act of 2011, "at the beginning of the next fiscal year on October 1, 2011, [non-defense] spending is further reduced to 2006 levels and frozen there for the next decade," the committee said last week. "To help achieve these savings, the bill shrinks the size and cost of the civilian federal workforce and specifically targets over 100 budget items and spending reforms."

By Joe Davidson  | January 25, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Budget, Congress, From The Pages of The Post, Workplace Issues  
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What service? The jack-booted IRS and TSA? Perhaps the efficient oversight agencies looking at the stock market? Banks? Oil drilling? Roads and bridges? GET THE MESSAGE: We've had enough of big government and Washington. We fought a revolution to rid ourselves of silly decisions and high tax from a foreign and out-of-touch monarch. The recent election was the start of a similar theme. I suggest we all continue to vote down anything Washington until the Federal Government gets much, much smaller. Lay of 20% of all Federal workers and its a good start to saving some money - without raising taxes.

Posted by: TravelGrrrr | January 25, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I never realized that a bunch of bureaucrats sitting around the office watching internet porn was considered a "taxpayer service."

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 25, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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