Wonder what you would find if you frisked our federal employees?
Answer: A few greenbacks in their pockets.
Trust me, I’m all for capitalism and achieving the ‘American dream’ but when it comes down to our citizens’ tax dollars… This might be a little bit over the top:
Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.
Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.
The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases. Defense Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009, the most recent figure available.
Here’s the interesting tidbits about this whole issue:
When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000.
The growth in six-figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker’s pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector.
Let me get this straight… So while everyday Americans around the country are forced to tighten their belts, our government is doing the exact opposite in a recession? I must say, the logic within our government is pretty interesting especially when they are the ones dictating pay within the private sector. All I can say is: Please explain.