Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Obama's pay freeze: why should DC boom while they give us a recession?

From the editorialists in the WSJ...

American Federation of Public Employees President John Gage yesterday derided President Obama's federal pay freeze as a "slap at working people." It might better be described as a small but symbolic first step toward reining in a ballooning federal payroll that is a slap at the non-government workers who pay the bills.

Mr. Obama proposed a two-year pay freeze for all civilian federal employees, a move that will save taxpayers $2 billion in fiscal 2011 and $28 billion over five years. (Congress must approve it.) As cost-cutting goes, this is modest: The freeze doesn't extend to new hiring, bonuses or step increases. It doesn't even match the three-year freeze recommended by the President's deficit commission. But it is more than this Administration has ever been willing to consider, and it suggests that Mr. Obama, post-midterm-shellacking, realizes he must show some willingness to restrain the growth of government.


At December 7, 2010 at 4:50 PM , Blogger Jenna said...

So the rest of us have to make do with furlough days, salary freezes and decreased hours at work, but they all are entitled to raises? -- Disgusting!


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