|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.