The Washington Examiner has done a study of federal government workers versus private sector workers. They found that federal employees have seen a big increase in employment and compensation at taxpayer expense, while private-sector workers have not fared as well.
"For nearly two years millions of private-sector workers have made often painful sacrifices because of failed federal economic policies and skyrocketing federal spending and debt. But the opposite has been true for federal workers," The Examiner stated.
According to the article, beginning in 2008, federal employees earning $100,000 or more a year jumped from 14% to 19% of the civil service workforce of 2 million. (That's right, there are 2 million federal workers running our lives.)
In two years Washington has added around 100,000 new jobs, while more than 7 million private-sector jobs were lost. And private-sector workers are paying for it through taxes.
The Heritage Foundation reported that 4 out of the 5 jobs Obama claimed were "created or saved" by the stimulus bill were jobs in government.
Rep. Mike Coffman, R-CO, has offered a proposal to furlough all nonessential federal workers for two weeks next year and to cut the salaries of senators and representatives by 10%. But the House Democratic leadership has steadfastly refused to schedule a vote on the bill. No surprise. It's been 77 years since Congress voluntarily took a pay cut.
Fortunately, come November we will have the opportunity to remind them what it's like to be unemployed.
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