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Romney Bemoans Union Contracts Would Prevent Mass Firing of Federal Workers

Romney Bemoans Union Contracts Would Prevent Mass Firing of Federal Workers

We all have regrets in our lives, even Mitt Romney, who told a group of high-roller donors that he regrets federal workers are protected by union contracts, so that if he wins the election, he won’t be able to fire as many workers as he’d like to.

In that same secretly recorded video, where he calls half the nation freeloaders, one the attendees at the $50,000-a-head fundraiser at billionaire Marc Leder’s posh mansion urges Romney “to clean house” in federal agencies, including Wall Street watchdogs the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Mitt says he’d love to cut a wide swath through the federal workforce, but his hands are tied by union contracts.

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

However, Romney teases his high-value, campaign cash-cow audience with this: “But we can find a way.” Maybe he would dust off his old Bain Capital playbook.   

Here’s a question for Romney. If it weren’t for those darned union contracts, how many job safety or food inspectors, border patrol agents, air traffic controllers, Veterans Affairs doctors and nurses and other hardworking federal employees would you fire?

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