I apologize for my sporadic blogging these past few days, but a lot has been passing through my mind lately, little related to politics. When I realized last Friday (another slow blogging day) that my e-mail box for this blog contained over 500 e-mails, I knew it was about time to start going through it. I cleared out over 200 that day — and found the process most draining.
Well, today (Thursday), I’m back at it and have reduced the number to under 200 (despite an never-ending stream of new missives) and keep chancing up e-mails I opened, then “kept as new” as they linked newsworthy articles. I haven’t decided yet how to address all of them, but may do a series of posts where I link articles which I still find timely.
I just encountered one from last December that remains salient: Government salaries soar in bad times:
This recession has been such a boom time for the tax-supported bureaucracy that “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.” USA Today was especially struck by the fact that there was only one career federal worker making an annual salary of $170,000 or more at the U.S. Department of Transportation when the current recession began. Today, 18 months later, there are more than 1,600 career employees making that much at Transportation. We can only hope that none of those additional 1,600-plus high-paid workers was responsible for the $2 billion Cash for Clunkers debacle run by the Transportation Department.
If the president were serious about cutting the federal deficit and having our government living within its means (as he hinted he would do during the third debate), he’d cut federal salaries across the board as many private employers are doing.
His failure to do so indicates either an unwillingness to stand up to the public employee unions or a lack of seriousness about our nation’s fiscal problems. Or both.
RELATED: Recession chugs on, except in government.
UPDATE: Time to rein in government pay.
David Walker, the U.S. comptroller appointed by President Bill Clinton who continued in the role under George Bush, on Friday gave a bracing indictment of the pension and salary benefits being rewarded to government workers at the federal, state and local level. Walker said that public sector workers are growing prosperous on the back of private sector workers.
Read the whole thing. H/t: Glenn Reynolds.