Federal workers aren't special
POSTED: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 6:57pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 10:47am
Tyler, TX — This has to be my favorite story of the week -- if not month -- all because of the wrong reasons.
Here we are looking at a so-called fiscal cliff. It's a tax-maggedon-slash government cutback cocktail.
But while we keep getting closer and closer, reportedly federals workers are saying leave us out of this mix, we have done enough.
Let me repeat that. Leave us alone. Get the money and the hurt from someone else. That means the private sector.
Unions representing federal and postal workers have a message for legislators seeking a "grand bargain" on deficit reduction: don't look to us for more savings.
"Our position is quite firmly that we are the only group of Americans that have [already] had to make any sacrifice whatsoever to deficit reduction," said Jackie Simon, the public policy director at the American Federation of Government Employees. AFGE, the largest federal employees union, represents some 670,000 workers.
"You've got to look elsewhere for your cuts if you have to make them," Simon added.
Lawmakers will spend the coming weeks scrambling to avoid the "fiscal cliff," when drastic cuts hit domestic and defense programs in early 2013. If they want to stave off the automatic cuts, they must find other ways to help reduce the $1 trillion deficit. The president has already warned his progressive base that they may not like some of the measures that emerge from the deficit talks.
The looming cuts have kept labor unions in full-on campaign mode after the Nov. 6 election.
If any have done well the last few years it has been government workers.
Let me tell you this, if there was not a private sector, you and me pulling the wagon, there would not be a public sector fueled by our tax money.
Talk about a disconnect.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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