If Elon Musk fires 75% of Twitter, can we cut the federal government?
Shrinking excessive spending is out of style
After reading the news that Elon Musk said he is going to fire 75% of Twitter employees if/when he buys the company, I tweeted this hypothetical question. It went viral:
I obviously was being snarky, but many people tweeting at me today are taking it literally.
The big government defenders argue that all of the two million people in the federal workforce are necessary.
Musk is planning on cutting Twitter staff from 7,500 to just over 2,000 when he takes over the company, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. Musk and his investors are paying $44 billion for the social media company.
He said he plans to double revenue in three years. Musk obviously believes he can run the company and make a profit with the 25% remaining workers.
Meanwhile, many on Twitter think any cut to the massive federal government would be dire.
Considering what excessive government spending has done to the economy, I was surprised by these people’s full-throated defense:
As I pointed out, we have proven repeatedly that the government can run juuust fine without most of the employees.
There were many people saying we should cut the military. And then there are some who don’t seem to know that government spending — not cutting — is what is threatening the solvency of Social Security.
Why do you think my tweet about cutting the federal government hit such a nerve?
What about the economy makes people think cutting spending is a bad thing now?
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