Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pay Increase

http://www.opm.gov/oca/compmemo/2012/2013PAY_Attach.pdf

Just as the rest of the nation is about to experience pay cuts, tax increases and continued high unemployment, the President announced pay increases for Federal workers.  Their pay has been frozen since 2010.  My wife had her pay cut 15% in the last four years by her employer because business conditions are so poor.  I have been laid off twice and unemployment extensions for hundreds of thousands of people in California will be cut off if the fiscal cliff is not avoided.

It's good to know that Federal workers who have incredible job security and have not had any pay cuts will instead get raises of as much as $5,000 in 2013.  While the rest of us in the real world are struggling to keep afloat.  It is very galling that government employees, those who serve the people, are getting raises when most in private industry are not getting any.

Unemployment is at historic highs and has been during the whole of the Obama Administration.  Raising taxes and increasing the Federal payroll is not going to help with that problem.  It is just another example of how government employees are out of touch with the rest of the people.  Better health insurance, better retirement plans and wage increases, all on the backs of the American worker who sees his good job going overseas or being moved out of state.  Continued mismanagement by the Obama Administration; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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