Even the commies get it.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced today that he would reduce the number of federal employees by 20% or roughly 200,000 in the next two years.
RIA Novosti reported, via Drudge:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed on Monday a decree reducing the number of federal officials by 20% until 2013, the Kremlin press service said.
According to the decree, the number of federal officials is to be reduced by 5% in 2011 and 2012 and then by 10% in 2013.
The number of federal officials in Russia almost doubled in the past five years from around 600,000 in 2005 to over 1.1 million in 2010.
The decree follows the instruction made by Medvedev in June. The measure could save up to 40 billion rubles ($1.3 billion) out of the Russian federal budget.
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Cuba also recently announced that the government would lay off nearly one million federal employees. In the country’s most significant reforms since Raul Castro succeeded his brother Fidel in 2008, the country is laying off 500,000 workers by April and is expected to cut another 500,000 to 800,000 in three years.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration continues to expand government.
At least 25,000 federal employees were hired since Obama moved into the White House.
That’s pretty sad… When communist Cuba and Russia are more reformist than our far left president.