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    Ask your Representatives to Cosponsor the Reducing the Size of the Federal Government through Attrition Act of 2011


    Dear FreedomWorks member,

    As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representatives and ask them to cosponsor H.R.3029, the Reducing the Size of the Federal Government through Attrition Act of 2011. Introduced by Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC), the bill would reduce the total number of federal employees by 10 percent over a five year period. It would specifically allow only one federal employee to be hired to replace every three that retire or leave their job. This bill would help to reduce the bloated federal bureaucracy, save taxpayers money and increase competition by ending wasteful service contracts.

    The total number of federal employees has skyrocketed to a total of more than 2 million workers. Since the beginning of the economic downturn in December of 2007, the federal government has added 230,000 new federal employees. President Obama’s 2012 budget proposes an increase of 15,000 federal workers. It is time to reverse the unsustainable growth of federal employees.

    Reducing the Size of the Federal Government through Attrition Act of 2011 would save taxpayers approximately $139 billion. Cutting the federal workforce is a popular bipartisan effort. This plan has been championed by President Obama’s Fiscal Commission as well as thousands of Americans through the Majority Leader’s YouCut program.

    With our national debt now $14.7 trillion, we must dramatically cut government spending. A step in the right direction would be to reduce the number of needless federal bureaucrats. I urge you to contact your representatives and urge them to cosponsor H.R. 3029, the Reducing the Size of the Federal Government through Attrition Act of 2011 today.


    Matt Kibbe
    President and CEO
    [Click here for the PDF version of this letter.]

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    Russ Vansant

    Phoned and emailed Congressman Coble, (R) NC.

    This is a small start to diminish the Federal Government and return power to the States as originally established.

    We have an opportunity to massively change the Washington DC size and culture over the next four years! This is due to the awakening of a major portion of the American public, the SILENT MAJORITY better known as The Tea Party. I am working with others to;

    1) ESTABLISH TERM LIMITS. Three terms for Representatives and two terms for Senators. This is essential! (Senator Jim DeMint has spoken for this principle.)

    2) ESTABLISH "SUNSET LAWS" OVER ALL FEDERAL DEPARTMENTS. Each and every federal department and agency must be defunded and reestablished for its value and funding every six years. This includes the defense department and the intelligence agencies. This is a massive and complex endeavor but would utilize thousands of government workers that we currently do not need. The findings must be published on the Internet and a special cable channel in detail.

    3) LEGISLATE BALANCED BUDGETS with spending caps on the entire budget. As a society becomes more self-sufficient it requires less government not more.

    4) REDUCE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S SIZE BY 40%. Our Founders knew from history that a centralized government would be the downfall of the country. It leads to tyranny and is like a malignant tumor. The individual states must be the greatest governmental force and will compete with each other to make a better society.

    5) ESTABLISH FEDERALLY FINANCED ELECTIONS. Campaign funds from corporations and wealthy individuals have corrupted the system. Elected officials spend excessive time and effort in securing funds to be reelected. Give each congressman $3 million and each senator $6 million and let them manage it to the best of their ability.

    6) STRENGTHEN STATES RIGHTS and diminish the federal government's encroachment on the Constitutional powers of the States. The lawsuits against the healthcare legislation are a beginning.

    7) ESTABLISH A FLAT TAX. The income tax always results in moving the tax up the income ladder until it destroys the wealthy and investment. Capitalism is powerful and the reason for “American Exceptionalism”

    8) CONSTITUTIONALLY OUTLAW GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE UNIONS. Government employees have the government behind them as employees and there is no management function to stop the union from giving themselves more and more. As in Europe and Argentina they will destroy the country.

    There is a revolution forming in the country and as Rahm Emanuel said "we do not want to waste a crisis". He, Obama, Pelosi and George Soros are creating the crisis and we Tea Party members don't intend on wasting it. We have an historical opportunity to show the world that a representative republican government of the people can rectify grievous wrongs established over a half century.

    It has been my observation over my adult life that the American citizenry does not make major political changes until things get very bad. They are very bad and will worsen. When the American public receives the correct information they make very sound and responsible decisions. For the past forty years they have been getting lies and devious information from their elected leaders, corporations, educators and the media. FOX News and the Tea Party via television and the Internet have changed the information system forever. The truth always remains.

    Russ Henry

    “Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people of the United States are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”- Abraham Lincoln

    suresh rathi

    “What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: 'This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more' ... Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: 'You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine.”
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    Theadore Waga III

    I just read this Act on GovTrack and will support it because something is better than nothing however I do have some concerns. First, I don't believe it is aggressive enough. We could eliminate entire departments such as the Dept. of Education for starters. Second, the waivers clause is too broad and, once again, gives power to the President to grant the waiver based on his/her definition of what an emergency is or what a national security concern is. This clause should state, as specifically as possible, what events would allow for a waiver. My next concern is the process by which they count employees. Letter G of Sec. 2 states that only full time employees will be counted. That leaves room for manipulation. Instead of hiring one full time employee, they will hire 2-3 part time employees.
    As I said, this is a start in the right direction but I personally feel that we can and must do more to reduce the size, scope and spending of our federal government.


    I would like a "Act" to be written up to recall ALL of the blackberries, iphones,laptops..etc. Most of us that need a cell for our jobs have to buy them and write it off on our taxes. So what makes them any different?

    kATHY kOKE-Drum

    All for this. Why have so many people doing the same thing?? In the real world there is one person doing the job of 2 or more, which is called multitasking.

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    IMHO, this bill is simply not aggressive enough given our current situation. Let's take the pain required to cut the wasteful , unconstitutional spending over 2 years by 50%. From personal experience early in my career as federal employee for 2 years, I know roughly 1/2 of Federal spending is complete waste . Isn't it time we get real ?

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    And let's include contractor headcount !!

    Jeffrey Roush

    Done and Done!

    Patrick Trevenen

    It is at least a start. Not only should goverment be reduced but no more double and triple goverment retirements. No revolving door. This is a win win situation because the taxpayer should not be responsible to pay for 2 or 3 goverment retirements. The employee is a great hire for any company or they can now start their own business.


    The problem with this blanket bill is that it does not specify the areas to be reduced. Would you have fewer nurses in the Veteran's Administration Hospital? Less soldiers to fight for our country?
    I agree with decreasing the Federal Government, but we must specify the areas that truly are inflated.

    Shane Atwell

    Terminate the agencies (bureaucracies) and phase out all entitlements. Gov't jobs are an effect, not a cause.

    William Gaumer

    I concur. Attack the problem (too much government) rather than symptom (too many people). Past attempts to control buy reducing people have only resulted in switching useless work to consultants and contractors -- and they are even more isolated from the people!

    Mike Reidel

    WOW !!!!!!!!!! I had no idea that Obama guy had SO MANY RELATIVES ( 230,000 ) holy smoke !

    Santos Adams

    I'd rather support a bill that actually terminates some of the bureaucracies that are not needed.

    Mark Flick

    Which begs the obvious question: what true-actual-honest demand drove this explosion? We all know, it is only progressive ideology, that drove this burgeoning non-existent demand. In order to give kickbacks to these supporters while sticking it to all the neighbors and their tax money. Heck, progressives figure, our neighbors do not know how to spend their own money, so we will create a couple more million Federal jobs and stick it to them. Great plan, just excellent, President Obama.