Newtie Has A Great Idea!

It would be illegal as hell, but that doesn’t bother him…

Gingrich Suggests Illegally Firing Federal Employees Over Liberal Views

RYAN J. REILLY, JANUARY 14, 2012, 9:40 PM

Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich suggested at a Fox News forum hosted by Mike Huckabee in South Carolina on Saturday that it would be a good idea to fire federal employees for being too liberal. Federal law, on the other hand, says Gingrich’s plan would be illegal.

“I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us,” Gingrich said in response to a question from a federal employee at the forum (emphasis ours).

This sounds like it would come uncomfortably close to being in conflict with a Federal law making it illegal to take any personnel action against an employee “based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, or political affiliation.” …

Great. Just great. By analogy, I think riot police in the D.C. area should surround the entire Republican caucus, cuff them all (too tightly, of course) and throw them in jail until Newtie retracts the proposal and any ousted liberal federal employees are duly returned to their jobs. Arresting congressional GOPers would be illegal as hell, but that in itself shouldn’t bother Newtie…

Look: we need to return to a government of laws. Newtie is proposing an act that is undeniably that of a government of men [sic… I have not heard any women advocating firing federal employees based on their political views]. I am only suggesting that Newtie & Co. enjoy a fate comparable to that which he proposes for his political opponents.

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  • jams o donnell (Shaun Downey)  On Monday January 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Damn,when you said he had a great idea I thought it was to do something useful like going off to a hermitage on Mt McKinley

    • Steve  On Monday January 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Shaun, I suspect soon enough Newtie will get what he deserves, which is what he always gets when he runs for office. Mt. McKinley is too close to suit me, though, and too stable… how about the melting floes in Antarctica?

  • ellroon  On Monday January 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    It would be lovely to finally see some frogmarching by Newt… (I’ll think of some more amphibian jokes in a minute…)

    • Steve  On Monday January 16, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      ellroon, I appreciate the amphibian joke, but I think what we both really want to see is frogmarching OF Newt… i.e., four men grabbing him each by one limb and carting him offstage.

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