Diary

Public Salaries a Big Issue in this Election

Hard-working taxpaying Americans are angry about what is happening to the economy and high public salaries are fueling that pique. Because taxpayers are seeing their incomes and pensions sink and their taxes skyrocket while federal government workers and all governnment employees have been seeing generous and steady pay increases for years now.

 

USAToday reported recently that federal employee compensation now is double that of private-sector workers. This is officially called ‘socialism’ and it is going to cause a revolution at the ballot box in November against the Democrats who have been advocating for, feeding, defending and covering for these exorbitant pay/benefit/pension packages for federal workers in exchange for votes.

 

According to the USAToday story, federal civil servants earned average salary and benefits (health insurance, sick pay, vacation pay, pension) of $123,049 in 2009 while workers in the private sector earned $61,051 in total compensation. These stats come from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

 

The article says that the federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year and that:

 

Federal workers received average benefits worth $41,791 in 2009. Most of this was the government’s contribution to pensions. Employees contributed an additional $10,569…. The average federal salary has grown 33% faster than inflation since 2000. USA TODAY reported in March that the federal government pays an average of 20% more than private firms for comparable occupations. The analysis did not consider differences in experience and education… Federal compensation has grown 36.9% since 2000 after adjusting for inflation, compared with 8.8% for private workers. (end of USA Today excerpt)

 

USAToday then reported that president Obama ordered a freeze on bonuses for 2,900 political appointees.

 

Wow. No bonuses for one-sixth of 1% of the federal workforce. Darn it.

 

But the article then said that

 

‘for the rest of the 2-million-person federal workforce, Obama asked for a 1.4% across-the-board pay hike in 2011, the smallest in more than a decade. Federal workers also would qualify for seniority pay hikes.’

 

Aw, gee, only 1.4%. As millions of Americans lose their jobs and see pay cuts. And those ‘seniority pay hikes’ are nothing more than disguised pay increases. Meanwhile hundreds of thousands of these bureaucrats out of the two million federal employees  are dispensable. They are fat that is oozing out of the federal payroll.

 

Type ‘richest counties in America’ into your search engine. Do you think you will read about elegant burgs like Westchester County outside New York City or ritzy Marin County near San Francisco that Nancy Pelosi and her crowd represent?

 

Actually you will find that three of the statistically richest counties in America are Montgomery Country in Maryland, and Fairfax and Loudon counties in Virginia.

 

And who lives there? Industrial tycoons and software billionaires?

 

No, these counties circle Washington, DC and they are populated overwhelmingly by federal government workers. And their average per-household income puts their counties on top in America.

 

Hard to believe, isn’t it? But it is true, while we conservatives have been warning about this for decades – that the taxpayer is being dunned more and more and more (i.e., their income is dropping) while the federal government bureaucrats in Washington and elsewhere are seeing steady and generous increases in their incomes and benefits.

 

And who represents these privileged bureaucrats in Congress?

 

Answer: Some of the most liberal Democrat congressmen in America including Jim Moran from Virginia along with Steny Hoyer and Chris van Hollen in Maryland.

 

Power to the people?

 

No. Power for the privileged few.

 

Remember the people of Bell, California who found out that their town manager was making $800,000 a year and their police chief was making $357,000 a year? They turned out like a lynch mob because the recession finally had exposed the lucrative pay scales of these officials while many people in Bell were struggling on $25,000 a year. Well, the American people are going to turn out at the polls this November with the same thoughts in mind.

 

What is the solution for these overpaid bureaucrats?

 

It is a 5% federal pay cut every year into the foreseeable future until federal pay scales come into line with private-sector pay and taxes come under control.

After all, these federal employees already have stashed away hundreds of billions in bank accounts, pension plans and investments over the last 20 years. Their benefits have been the best in the America. They now can give their future pay increases back through salary and benefit reductions.

 

Indeed We the People can start to act to get some of the money back that these federal workers are stuffing under the mattresses with their exorbitant compensation packages. While the rest of us hardly even have a mattress to sleep on any more. 

 

Please visit my website at www.nikitas3.com for more. You can read excerpts from my book, Right Is Right, which explains why only conservatism can maintain our freedom and prosperity.