When even former Democratic California House Speaker Willie Brown finds that “80 percent of the state, county and city budget deficits are due to employee costs“, it should be a no-brainer that public officials at all levels should be doing as their counterparts in the private sector are doing — either laying off employees or cutting their salaries.
And yet, while giving lip service to deficit reduction, the president is doing quite the opposite. Since taking office, he has allowed employee costs to soar, further increasing our national debt:
Under the Obama administration, the government is doing such a good job that it’s decided to reward itself. Last year, Uncle Sam paid out $408 million in bonuses to 1.3 million federal workers, according to the Asbury Park Press, which obtained the information through a Freedom of Information Act request. That’s about $80 million more than the previous year. About one in four federal workers received a bonus, and awards ranged from $25 to, in the case of one lucky State Department worker, $94,500. . . .
Federal bonuses are being doled out liberally, even as federal salaries are exploding. From December 2007 through June 2009, the number of federal workers earning six figures increased from 14 to 19 percent. In 2008, average federal compensation, including pay and benefits, was $119,982 — considerably more than the $59,909 average in the private sector, according to the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the midst of a brutal economic downturn that saw millions of jobs lost and unemployment soar above 10 percent, the Office of Personnel Management data shows the federal workforce actually added nearly 100,000 jobs from December 2008 to December 2009.
Added 100,000 jobs? Even as the federal government is taking on more employees, the unemployment rate is soaring. Hmmm. . .
Now, I don’t mean to sound cynical, but I’m wondering if there’s method to the Administration’s madness. I mean, if he is increasing the salaries of federal employees, wouldn’t that increase the amount said employees fork over to their unions thus increasing the amount the unions spend to help elect Democrats. (Are their dues proportional to their income as are taxes?)
And the more federal employees there are, the more members of public employee unions there are, thus the more readily are filled the coffers of the special interest group most loyal to the Democrats.