We have a bloated federal government. Believe me and a host of others. I spent twenty years as a federal employee and I believe a reduction in force (RIF) could be done in a kind way–like good citizen corporations accomplish when they must terminate employees.
It should work like this:
1. Hire independent human relations (HR) workers on a contract basis to help outplacements with resumes, employment, occupational interest tests and ability tests(all optional and also available to the general public).
2. Concurrently with obvious RIFs, there should be an intense study of laws, regulations and organizations to attain efficiency, simplicity and greater productivity in both the government and private sector. It can be done and it would, if done right, greatly enhance our economy.
3. The other major initiative should be a reform of entitlements. Everyone in Washington (except those incompetent people in denial of reality) knows this reform is desperately needed.
Harness your courage–Democrats and Republicans. The status quo in Washington is dangerous–like a wild guerilla. Interest rates could skyrocket at any time now or in the future. Cynical politicians should not toy with these facts. Wise, capable and honest leadership is sorely needed in this process.