It Turns Out That Mitt Romney Really Does Enjoy Firing People

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Reading a bit more through the full transcript of the Romney fundraiser, we come to this passage:

Audience member: The government in Washington right now is just permeated by cronyism, outright corruption….And I think people are fed up with that….Nancy Pelosi was supposed to give us an honest Congress and has given us just the opposite as speaker. And I think that’s a campaign issue that can work well. I’m optimistic that you’ll be elected president. And my recommendation would be clean house, immediately. The SEC, the CFTC are disaster areas.

Romney: I wish they weren’t unionized, so we could go a lot deeper than you’re actually allowed to go. Yeah.

Sadly, Romney didn’t elaborate on just which civil service slackers he wishes he could fire with the stroke of a pen, but this might be a fruitful area for someone to explore further. Does he specifically want to fire lots of people at the SEC and the CFTC? Or just fire lots of low-level workers in general? Inquiring minds want to know.

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