Federal workers make twice as much as workers in the private sector.
While the rest of the nation suffered through Obama’s first year in office, government workers increased their salaries by over $30,000 in 2009.

The federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year. (USA Today)

Today Barack Obama froze the pay for overpaid federal employees today.
Of course, the state-run media won’t tell you they make twice as much as the private sector.
The AP reported:

President Barack Obama will announce a two-year pay freeze for federal employees Monday, a move White House officials say is the first of many difficult decisions that must be made to reduce the nation’s mounting deficit.

The White House said Monday that the freeze would apply to all civilian federal employees, including those working at the Department of Defense, but would not affect military personnel. The freeze is expected to result in more than $5 billion in savings over two years, according to Jeffrey Zients, a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget.

That would make only a small dent in the $1 trillion-plus budget deficit. But with voters voicing their anger over Washington’s spending during the midterm elections, even a symbolic gesture could demonstrate the White House got the message.

Zients said that while the freeze is necessary in order to put the country on sound fiscal footing, the president recognizes the impact it will have on federal employees.

“The president is clearly asking them to make a sacrifice,” he said. “We believe it is the first of many difficult steps ahead.”

Isn’t this long overdue?

For the record… The Number of Federal Workers Earning Over $150,000 Has Doubled Under Obama.

Still More… Obama To Freeze Government Salaries At All Time High

And, Rush Limbaugh just weighed in on Team Obama’s smoke and mirrors.

 

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  1. Farce? Yes.

    Idiocy? Yes.

    Kabuki? Not so much. Kabuki is an art. And any kabuki actor should feel insulted over him being compared to Obummer.

  2. This really is misleading on many levels, mainly because it does not compare sililar jobs only averages, yes government workers do make more on average, but only because most of the lower paying jobs like food service and refuse collection etc have been contracted out and are not factored into the government worker “average” Gov workers are also on the most part, older and more educated, since a lot of them are retired military members. So please, do your own research before glomming onto soundbites and busting into red faced caplock rants :)

  3. Thank you for putting this information out!! Americans are paying taxes for bureaucrats that make double than they do & probably work half as hard not to mention more benefits & no worry about getting fired or laidoff as Americans in the private sector are suffering from.

  4. Overdue? To say the least. As much as it pains me to say it, I agree with the move. At least now the civil servants will understand what many of us in the private sector have been going through.

  5. Totally stupid decison. $5 billion is nothing and punishes the wrong people. Cutting the pay for the little guy by a few thousand dollars a year won’t do anything to fix our budget. This is nothing more than a hollow PR stunt.

  6. BO also announced that one of his first acts on his first day in office was to freeze the salaries of his senior cabinet members. Of course, the salaries had to be established before they could be frozen.

  7. So Obama and the Dems spent a ton of money, and now he temporarily, as a show, cuts federal employees’ salaries to make a tiny dent in his and the Democratic Congress’s spending. Notice that the salaries for Obama and Congress, the ones who created this deficit, didn’t get affected. It will require broad sacrifice, he says–sacrifice from everyone but the people who caused the problem. And now Obama has ticked off the government employees union, which is great news because the more enemies he makes between now and 2012, the easier it will be kick him out. Keep up the good work, champ!

  8. I say: This makes two things Obama has done right. This and the pirate-killing thing (assuming he had anything to do with that).

  9. JohnicusTARD, show us your research son. We’ll wait.

  10. “with voters voicing their anger over Washington’s spending during the midterm elections, even a symbolic gesture could demonstrate the White House got the message …”

    “Voters” aren’t going to believe the White house got the message until we see some pay CUTS. The fact that our public servants are, on average, making more than the people who pay their salaries is absolutely outrageous. How many companies can you name that pay their employees more, on average, than the owner(s) make(s)?

    We’ve allowed the the children to take charge of the candy store, and they’re eating all the candy folks. The sooner we replace them with adults, haul their butts out to the woodshed, and punish them for their behavior, the sooner we’ll get things back on track in America.

  11. Let’s just make it so that no federal worker can make more than average wages. Cut them back at 20% a year until it matches.

    When just talking about it won’t do…

  12. Hey JohnicusTARD. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-04-federal-pay_N.htm
    You’re a moron JohnicusTard. I’ll await your LIBTARD COMEDY reply. JohnicusTard you have/had zero idea of what your were talking about.

  13. Shallow and dangerous thinking. Used to incite one group against another. The anger should be directed toward the private sector employers, like NIKE, that has shipped so many jobs offshore and cut wages and benefits of private employees. The writer, in his amazing ignorance, seems to want everyone to be poor and out of work. I like Gateway Pundit website but this article is just evil.

  14. Mrs Happy. Another moron heard from. The TAXERS AND SPENDERS have decided to make the AFSCME type unions their VOTERS/CONSTITUENTS. Nike owes you nothing. They ASK for your business, the Government TAKES your money.

  15. Private sector workers have been taking pay freezes and cuts, not to mention layoffs, for years. Yes, it’s overdue. Because of that, this freeze should last at least 2-3 years from now.

  16. Sometimes it is best to compare apples to apples, rather than oranges. A few months back I had cause to look up the current military pay scale. Remember that most people who enter the military are young people straight out of high school who would otherwise likely be making minimum wage at McDonald’s or some-such.

    Minimum wage in the US is currently $7.25 an hour, for an annual total (based on a 40 hour work week) of $15,080. Private sector employers generally do not provide any paid vacation time, sick time, personal time or insurance, either life or health, though they may provide uniforms. Very few private employers make any allowance whatever for meals or housing and usually do not provide anything in the way of spousal/dependent benefits. Disposable income? Likely not a single red cent.

    Currently a member of the US military, on his/her very first day of training, straight out of high school with no skills, makes $1338.60 per month for an annual base of $16,063.20 per year. After four months of active duty service, that figure goes to $1447.20 per month, for an annual base of $17,366.40. This dollar figure does not include the value of free health insurance, life insurance, the thirty days paid leave per year, uniforms & equipment, PX & Commissary discounts, as well as 3 meals per day and free housing, which are at most non-combat duty stations about comparable to the housing/food one would find on the average college campus. Neither of these figures include the spousal/dependent benefits service members with dependents receive. Disposable income? Likely every last penny.

    Do remember that military pay only goes up from here. (See chart linked above) As someone who spent a good number of years as an Army Wife, I would be the last to begrudge the military reasonable compensation. I do have to question, though, the “reasonableness” of this gross disparity – and this is just one Federal job.

  17. That’s not enough. He should slash their salaries by 25% and their numbers by 33% each year for the two years he has left. Start by whacking TSA, IRS, DEA and ATF. Eliminate the Depts. of Education, Energy and Homeland Security, also EPA & FDA. Reboot NASA so that it actually is a space program … and this is just for starters. The axiom that that government is best that governs least applies to this out-of-control gummint more than any in my lifetime.

  18. Granny that is not how he disparity is measured. It is measured APPLES TO APPLES.
    http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-04-federal-pay_N.htm
    Federal workers in comparable jobs make nearly twice what a private employee does.
    This is a tap in.

  19. I work for the gov, and I don’t make more than my counterpart contractors (I know because I was one until 2 years ago). Not sure how that goes into the larger discussion on averages, but I’ll just leave if I can’t continue to improve my income. I’m sure I can make more with a contractor with my military training, gov and contractor experience, and my MS degree.

  20. Mr. Happy,

    Here’s a little advice. Next time you scold someone for inciting “one group against another,” you should try to heed your own advice in the very next sentence. At least wait until the end of the paragraph.



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