The following is a KSCO commentary. Here is Kay Zwerling:
What I am about to tell you will make your blood boil. It is called “Obama’s New Government Leisure Class – Retiring on Your Money”.
At a time when workers’ pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees’ average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn.
Did you get that? More than double. To be exact, federal employees now average $123,049 in pay and benefits while private sector employees make $61,051 in total compensation, according to the government’s own Bureau of Economic Analysis.
That is a pay gap of $61,998 – up from $30,415 in the year 2000.
And, that is not even counting the absurdly generous retirement benefits that allow many federal employees to retire with lifetime pensions and health insurance after little more than two decades on the job.
So, I say, all of Obama’s recent bragging about giving away many jobs – he is talking only about giving government jobs to friends and buddies in the federal government.
Obama also chose his own czars. I do not remember how many – possibly even 40, none of whom were vetted by the Congress as they should have been.
And, I add, about Michele’s contribution to luxurious government jobs – as First Lady she is entitled to one assistant, maybe two, as other First Ladies, to deal with her appointments.
But, Michele has over 20 assistants, each compensated by well over $100,000 per year – plus perks, so her friends are well taken care of.
Now, you get the best of everything in a government job – inflated pay, gold plated benefits, total job security, and a cushy taxpayer funded retirement starting as early as your mid 40s.
This is beyond scandalous! This is plunder – pure and simple. Washington is syphoning off the wealth of millions of private citizens and businesses to support a vast and growing government leisure class whose only concern, it seems, is to further augment their perks and privileges at taxpayer expense.
What can we do as citizens? Vote the bums out, for starters – beginning with the Democratic Congress in November, followed by President Obama in 2012. But, we can’t stop there. We have to demand that whoever takes their place – whether it is Republicans or third parties – we must not go back to big spending politics as usual.
For KSCO, this is Kay Zwerling.
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