Obama Kabuki: President Freezes Pay For Federal Employees Who Make Twice As Much As Private Sector
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)
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.
And, Rush Limbaugh just weighed in on Team Obama’s smoke and mirrors.