Saturday, January 14, 2012

Gingrich Would Fire Liberal Federal Employees

Exactly how does Newt Gingrich hatch his ideas? Recent brainstorms include firing school janitors so that poor kids can scrub floors, and impeaching and arresting “radical” judges. Today, at a Fox News forum in South Carolina, he proposed firing federal employees who are too liberal, stating, “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.”

Such a proposal would seem to be illegal, according to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel:

Generally stated, § 2302(b) provides that a federal employee who has authority over personnel decisions may not:

(1) discriminate against an employee or applicant based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, or political affiliation;

Of course, Gingrich has already indicated that, as president, he’d feel free to ignore Supreme Court decisions. Why, then, would he feel restrained by the Office of Special Counsel?


Richard T said...

So in the land of the free, thought crime is death?

Jon R, editor of the Oracle said...

"... or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us.”

Like Fig Newt the Gingrich?

Jeff Tone said...

RIchard and Jon: You'll find neither common sense nor justice in the ramblings of Gingrich--despite his status as an "idea man" in conservative circles.

Michael The Molar Maven said...

It appears that you are making a connection between political affiliation and ideology - and I'm not sure that this is consistant. It is entirely possible that the law as stated does not prohibit President Gingrich from acting upon his 'campaign promise'. On the other hand, intelligent debate within the ranks can only strengthen a presidency. Those administrations that I consider to be failures are of those presidents who surrounded themselves with sycophants and 'yes-men'. (Redundant?)

Jeff Tone said...

It's Gingrich who is talking about ideology. He doesn't mention political party.