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Shoulth they be doing this with 9% unemployment already?

GOP leaders intent on conservative governance signaled a desire to try to fundamentally change state government, shrinking it significantly. And they acknowledged that could mean more job losses and service cuts to already recession-hammered states anticipating more budget trouble ahead.

"While we're all facing these challenges, there are incredible opportunities for us to go look at what the core missions of government were, and redefine the role," said South Carolina Gov.-elect Nikki Haley, adding that the institution was never intended to be all things to all people. "We're going to have to scale back."

"We have to be honest with the people of our states and say, 'This is going to hurt. We're going to struggle,'" Haley added. But she said she was confident that the GOP's remaking-government approach ultimately would make Republicans — and their states — stronger.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 5:51 PM on Nov. 18, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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    they acknowledged that could mean more job losses and service cuts to already recession-hammered states anticipating more budget trouble ahead


    We do need to cut budgets and reform many things...but making moves they know will cause MORE job loss when we are already at 9%....

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 5:53 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Most governments agencies are bloated in the first place. We all need to tighten up our belts and do more with less. They need to too.
    Jambo4

    Answer by Jambo4 at 5:53 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • I think one of the reasons unemployment is >9% is intrusive, big government. I think that shrinking government's intrusion will help the unemployment rate go down. The more government has "intervened" to help, the more the unemployment rises (or stagnates). I think the retraction of government will be a solution to our woes.

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 5:59 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • If businesses large and small are laying people off, because THEY have no money, then why should government employees be exempt?! Didn't Obama say something about "all of us needing to tighten our belts?!" Was he only referring to private company employees?!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:00 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • No one is saying they should be exempt...at least I haven;t seen anyone say that

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 6:02 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • think one of the reasons unemployment is >9% is intrusive, big government


    No....

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 6:03 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Obama has bloated the government workforce. He's put mandates and restrictions on states that give them no choice but to lay people off. Both Federal and local employees will be laid off.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:09 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • In Wisconsin, with an estimated $2.7 billion shortfall, Gov.-elect Scott Walker wants to cancel a federally financed rail project. He calls it a boondoggle that will cost the state money to operate.

    What is wrong with this?

    Pennsylvania's incoming governor, Tom Corbett, has proposed selling state-run liquor stores and cutting the state-vehicle fleet to fill a budget gap that could run as high as $5 billion.

    Or this?

    Sounds to me like they have some VERY good ideas.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 6:15 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Then Sweets, with a statement like this...

    "We do need to cut budgets and reform many things...but making moves they know will cause MORE job loss when we are already at 9%...."

    What do you propose the government does?! This economy is still a major mess, and NOT getting any better--no recovery summer, no extension of Bush's tax cuts, progressives still holding on to elected positions. The private sector has been slammed hard enough, time for the public sector to take a hit as well! After all what's good for the goose is good for the gander....we're all in this together!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:32 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Pennsylvania's incoming governor, Tom Corbett, has proposed selling state-run liquor stores and cutting the state-vehicle fleet to fill a budget gap that could run as high as $5 billion.

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    I'm totally loving Corbett already!! Rumor has it, he plans on taking a page out of NJ Governor Christie's book, to make PA a BETTER place to live and work!! :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:43 PM on Nov. 18, 2010

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