Perry: I'll Send Bureaucrats to a 'God-Awful Place'

He says it would be his way or the highway

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 30, 2011 11:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Watch out federal workers: If you don’t agree with his small-government views, President Rick Perry would send you to someplace like Siberia. At a campaign event in New Hampshire today, Perry vowed to fill the government with “individuals that understand my core philosophy that government should do a few things, but do those few things really, really well,” the Washington Post reports.

Perry said he’d deconstruct the EPA, for example, and bring Health and Human Services to heel. And if the agencies don’t fall in line? “I don’t think you can fire federal bureaucrats,” he said, “but you can reassign them. So, but reassign them to some really God-awful place." The line drew chuckles from the crowd.

Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to potential voters at a campaign town hall in Derry, N.H., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011.
Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to potential voters at a campaign town hall in Derry, N.H., Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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