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The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation. – Vladimir Lenin

Government employees average pay $123K. 590,000 federal government employees hired since 2008. Government unions give half a billion to Democrats to promote big government.

Posted by iusbvision on December 16, 2010

Fat retirement plans, low or no contributions towards fat employee benefits, and pay that is double the average of the private sector. Who is exploiting who?

Often the politicians who negotiate the contracts with the government union work for the union as they are their number one cash contributor and make up much of their campaign force.

Governor Tim Pawlenty:

The majority of union members today no longer work in construction, manufacturing or “strong back” jobs. They work for government, which, thanks to President Obama, has become the only booming “industry” left in our economy. Since January 2008 the private sector has lost nearly eight million jobs while local, state and federal governments added 590,000.

Federal employees receive an average of $123,049 annually in pay and benefits, twice the average of the private sector. And across the country, at every level of government, the pattern is the same: Unionized public employees are making more money, receiving more generous benefits, and enjoying greater job security than the working families forced to pay for it with ever-higher taxes, deficits and debt.

How did this happen? Very quietly. The rise of government unions has been like a silent coup, an inside job engineered by self-interested politicians and fueled by campaign contributions.

Public employee unions contribute mightily to the campaigns of liberal politicians ($91 million in the midterm elections alone) who vote to increase government pay and workers. As more government employees join the unions and pay dues, the union bosses pour ever more money and energy into liberal campaigns. The result is that certain states are now approaching default. Decades of overpromising and fiscal malpractice by state and local officials have created unfunded public employee benefit liabilities of more than $3 trillion.

The moral case for unions—protecting working families from exploitation—does not apply to public employment. Government employees today are among the most protected, well-paid employees in the country. Ironically, public-sector unions have become the exploiters, and working families once again need someone to stand up for them.

Michael Barone:

Who is the largest single political contributor in the 2010 campaign cycle? You can be pardoned if you answer, erroneously, that it’s some new conservative group organized by Karl Rove. That’s campaign spin by the Obama Democrats, obediently relayed by certain elements of the so-called mainstream media.

The real answer is AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union’s president, Gerald McEntee, reports proudly that AFSCME will be contributing $87,500,000 in this cycle, entirely or almost entirely to Democrats. “We’re spending big,” he told The Wall Street Journal. “And we’re damn happy it’s big.”

The mainstream press hasn’t shown much interest in reporting on unions’ campaign spending, which amounted to some $400,000,000 in the 2008 cycle. And it hasn’t seen fit to run long investigative stories on why public employee unions — the large majority of whom work for state and local governments — contribute so much more to campaigns for federal office.

Public employee union members have become, as U.S. News and World Report Editor Mortimer Zuckerman writes, “the new privileged class,” with better pay, more generous benefits and far more lush pensions than those who pay their salaries — and who are taxed to send money to their leaders’ favored candidates.

Franklin Roosevelt thought public sector unions were a lousy idea. Do you?

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One Response to “Government employees average pay $123K. 590,000 federal government employees hired since 2008. Government unions give half a billion to Democrats to promote big government.”

  1. dwelchnz said

    Ahh…the anatomy of a lie. Take a number, 590,000, which includes 556,000 temporary workers hired to take the census. Source: Politifact. Ignore the data that as of November 407,000 state and local government jobs had been cut. Just like that…magically a loss of almost 400,000 jobs in the public sector has been turned into … 590,000 new hires.

    Then…make up out of THIN AIR an average federal salary of $123K…when the actual number is 67,900 in 2008 (source: USA today)

    Thin mix up this toxic stew of bare faced lies and use them to attach the unions…and by extension, to wage warfare on the middle class.

    Fuck you.

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    IUSB Vision Editor Responds –

    Don, the middle class isn’t government unions, the middle class doesn’t use government connections to generate sweetheart salaries with Cadillac benefits and then kick money back to the party that handed them those benefits in a nice corrupt vicious circle that fleeces the taxpayer. You see that is what GREECE did. That is also what New Jersey, Illinois, California, New York, etc did and now they are broke and can’t pay their upcoming bills.

    In fact, lets have everyone work for a government union and have endless consumption without producing anything! Yea thats a plan right out of a union news letter! :)

    The way to go after the middle class is to go after their employers which are mostly small to medium sized private businesses. Tax and regulate so much that prices rise and said employers are afraid to do business, do everything you can to raise the price of energy and food, then you print up money like the Federal Reserve so our savings are worth less and we can buy less with each dollar, fail to defend the Dollar like Tim Geithner, and walla we have the Great Red Dream, “The way to crush the middle class is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation”. – Vladimir Lenin

    But I digress……..

    Ahh they have eyes and a keyboard, yet they do not have Google or Yahoo!

    Well here is your “make up out of THIN AIR an average federal salary of $123K” source…

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/income/2010-08-10-1Afedpay10_ST_N.htm

    USA Today – 8/13/2010

    Federal workers earning double their private counterparts

    At a time when workers’ pay and benefits have stagnated, federal employees’ average compensation has grown to more than double what private sector workers earn, a USA TODAY analysis finds. Federal workers have been awarded bigger average pay and benefit increases than private employees for nine years in a row. The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade.

    Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The data are the latest available.

    The federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year.

    Public employee unions say the compensation gap reflects the increasingly high level of skill and education required for most federal jobs and the government contracting out lower-paid jobs to the private sector in recent years. (Oh thats rich, we in government are SO much smarter and more productive and need mad skills – LOL Don, do you really want to try and defend that whopper of a statement – please try)

    Chris Edwards, a budget analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, thinks otherwise. “Can’t we now all agree that federal workers are overpaid and do something about it?” he asks.

    And Politifact – Don really now, they are nary one step up from Media Matters. They want people to think that they are Fact-check.org – but they aren’t even close. And neither were you come to think of it.

    P.S. – It is spelled attack

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