Beltway Happenings
May 7, 2007--In a speech at a Heritage Foundation dinner, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani emphasized the need to cut spending by the federal government.  Giuliani rejected use of the term "nondiscretionary spending" to refer to programs such as Social Security and Medicare saying that all the budget should be considered discretionary.  He vowed to take a tough stand against pork-barrel spending.  He said that  42 percent of federal civilian employees are set to retire during the two terms after President Bush leaves office, from 2009-17, and that as president he would replace only half of those workers for a total savings of $70 billion.  Giuliani also stressed the need to stay on the offense against terrorists, and, as in his May 5 commencement address at The Citadel, he repeated his call for an increase in the size of the Army.
Heritage Foundation President Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. listens to Mayor Giuliani's speech.
Holding up a copy of the New York Post, Giuliani hailed the election Sunday of Nicholas Sarkozy as president of France as "a good omen."

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