For all those wondering how to cut down on government expenditures, here's a thought: cut the skyrocketing salaries! A study by USA Today, using US Office of Personnel Management data, confirms what has been widely known: that the biggest beneficiaries of government largesse over the past 5 years as a worker cohort, are none other than Federal workers themselves...
...The numbers are stunning: those earning over $150,000 in the past five years have grown from 7,420 to 82,034, a 1,006% increase. More shockingly, those earning over $180,000 has surged from just 805 in 2005, to 16,912 in 2010: a 2,001% increase... And it is on the background of this that Congress is planning on giving 2.1 million federal workers another 1.4% across the board pay raise!
...Additionally, it appears that the bulk of the gains have taken place since Obama took office.
...The biggest pay hikes have gone to employees who have been with the government for 15 to 24 years. Since 2005, average salaries for this group climbed 25% compared with a 9% inflation rate... And just to make sure you get really angry, here is how one Federal Union views the fact that government workers as a whole are now the second best paid group after Wall Street:National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley counters that the proposed raise "is a modest amount and should be implemented" to help make salaries more comparable with those in the private sector.Once again, we get confirmation that Americans always get nothing more or less than the thieves in control they deserve, and elect.
President Obama keeps talking about "paying for" the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. By that, he means keeping the same amount of your money flowing to the bloated federal bureaucracy to pay for these outrageous salary increases.
I've got an alternative: let's return the entire federal government discretionary -- non-defense -- spending back to 1999 levels. You know, when Clinton ran that budget surplus Democrats like to crow about (yes, I know, it was really the GOP House -- led by now Ohio Governor John Kasich -- who balanced the budget, but ***shhh*** humor them).
And let's outlaw public sector unions while we're at it. They are the enemy of a Democratic society -- one need only look at the riots in the streets of Europe for a preview of our future if these anti-taxpayers continue to feast at the public trough.