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Bridget Johnson


February 22, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has put forward a plan for sequestration spending cuts sans layoffs.

Paul said his plan would offset the impending sequester cuts, with a total savings of $85.75 billion annually. Here’s his proposal for a sequester without layoffs:

Stop Hiring New Federal Employees: $6.5 billion saved annually 

o   Every year, thousands of federal employees retire or leave their jobs. In 2011, roughly 62,000 people ended their careers with the government. Estimates vary, but allowing a federal bureaucrat to retire without replacing that person with another employee can save anywhere from $60 billion to $200 billion over 10 years. This provision estimates to save $6.5 billion in one year.

·         Bring Federal Employee Pay in Line With Private Jobs: $32 billion saved annually 

o   According to the Congressional Budget Office, the average compensation of a federal employees is 16 percent more than their private equivalents. By reducing salaries to align more with their private counterparts, this provision could save as much as $32 billion a year.

·         Reduce Federal Employee Travel by 25 Percent: $2.25 billion saved annually

o   The latest data provided by the General Services Administration suggested that the federal government spent $9 billion on travel. Reducing the federal travel budget by at least 25 percent can reduce the budget by $2.25 billion a year.

·         Focus Military Research on Military Needs: $6 billion saved annually 

o   According to research done by the staff of Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), found that the Defense Department spent $6 billion on research that had nothing to do with military or military-related health inquires.

·         Require Competitive Bidding for Government Contracts: $19 billion saved annually 

o   The Davis-Bacon prevailing wages law requires federal projects to pay the employees higher wages. This would repeal this requirement and allow the government to save money by making pay competitive to all government employees. The Heritage Foundation estimates that this will save $9 billion a year. Also, many contracts in the federal government are provided to companies without requiring a competitive bid – or the opportunity for the government to contract work at the lowest price possible. This provision would require the government to competitively bid all contracts. This provision would save an additional $10 billion a year.

·         Cut 50 Percent of Foreign Aid: $20 billion saved annually

o   We spend more than $40 billion a year on foreign aid. When we’re dealing with a budget crisis here at home, it’s only responsible to bring this money home. This provision would eliminate half the foreign aid budget.

Paul said on Fox last night that he’d start by “cutting foreign aid from countries who are burning our flag and chanting death to America, countries that don’t really seem to be acting like our allies.”

“But once again, the large bulk of the cuts we’re talking about, even larger than foreign aid, would be paying federal workers the same as you pay private workers,” he said. “If you brought that into parity, you’d save nearly the entire amount that you need for the sequester.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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To me it makes more sense and is far more just to start with cutting off all money spent on social services for people who are here illegally, after a 30 to 45 day warning.

Step two or simultaneously would be the immediate cessation of *all* foreign aid, except in instances of natural disasters or other forms of bona fide humanitarian crises, and I would make each specific instance of these subject to prior ratification by a vote of the American public. Our world-class charitable and relief agencies could act as first responders until this spigot was turned on by the *taxpayers.*

If any more were needed, a freeze on non-defense government hiring would be step three, followed by the rest in turn.

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In the absence of simply lopping off a hunk of the execrable EPA - nicely done Rand.
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