Smaller government: Would there be room for speechwriters?

Lots of speechwriters want to shrink the government, but few suggest cutting governmental speechwriters.

A conservative blogger proposes just such a notion, however. After noting with surprise that the head of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has a speechwriter, the unnamed blogger at the Future of Capitali$m blog proposes a bill that would forbid “any executive branch official below Cabinet secretary rank” from having a speechwriter: “Nothing against speechwriters—I have known some hardworking and talented ones—but, like everything else in Washington, they have a way of expanding at taxpayer expense ….”

Small government scribes, big-government scribes: How would you defend the speechwriter job at the CFTC if it came under attack by hack-happy lawmakers?

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