POSTED: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 7:11pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 9:09pm
Times have been tough economically for the past two years.
But you may have had a pay increase, and you have been sitting pretty for the past few years if you work for the ...Federal government? Yup, that's right.
Uncle Sugar has been nothing but sweet for some on the federal payroll.
USA Today is reporting The number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office. USA Today did the research. That has some Republican's already licking their lips and ready to take this before the American people.
Already, some lawmakers are planning to use the lame-duck session that starts Monday to challenge the president's plan to give a 1.4% across-the-board pay raise to 2.1 million federal workers.
The story says FEDERAL WORKER: Earning double their private counterparts
A Utah Republican says he wants a pay freeze and prefers a 10% pay cut. But, National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley counters that the proposed raise "is a modest amount and should be implemented" to help make salaries more comparable with those in the private sector.
But, 'mam, it's not the private sector.
The biggest pay hikes have gone to employees who have been with the government for 15 to 24 years. Since 2005, average salaries for this group climbed 25% compared with a 9% inflation rate.
I believe state and federal workers should make a decent living. But risks are taken in the private sector, therefore the bigger the reward. More people are also laid off in the private sector because of that.
But now, all spending needs to be looked at closely. And it will be soon. Everything from defense spending to the scared of all cows, Social Security.
We'll see who steps up to the plate.