Thursday, November 11, 2010

While America Burns, Government Workers Earn

Living the good life at taxpayer's expense, while taxpayers struggle to survive . . .

Demcorats must fight federal workers on rising pay; it's no time for public sector salaries to soar
By Joshua Greenman
November 10, 2010

If Democrats know what's good for them, if they really care about connecting to the beleaguered middle class, they ought to react with strength and clarity to the embarrassing new report that federal workers' pay is soaring.

Otherwise, they cede this very fertile political ground to Republicans, who are already jumping all over the news as evidence of an out-of-control federal bureaucracy.

The USA Today analysis, based on data from the Office of Personnel Management, says that pay of federal workers is up broadly since 2005. And the number of highly-paid staffers has increased at every federal agency.

The very first sentence puts it starkly - in language that would infuriate any struggling or unemployed person, especially around tax time: "The number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office."
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