President Obama Freezes Federal Pay

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President Obama Freezes Federal Pay
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Mon, 11-29-2010 - 9:54pm

“Getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifice and that sacrifice must be shared by federal employees,” Obama said. “I’m asking civil servants to do what they’ve always done—to play their part” and lead by example.

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Registered: 03-18-2000
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 9:06am

About time! Many in the private sector have had pay freezes for the past few years & at the same time feeling fortunate they had jobs. Fed. employees have great benefits too.

Federal Employees Earn 30 to 40 Percent More than Private-Sector Workers, Study Finds
Federal employees earn 30-40 percent more money than their private sector counterparts on average, a study from the conservative Heritage Foundation finds. These pay discrepancies persist despite the recession, unlike in the private sector where unemployment is 9.5 percent and wages have steadily declined. More.....

 


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Registered: 11-04-2010
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 9:29am
Just a quick note...CNS takes liberties with their "facts." They posted a story about a survey done of physicians that stated that a certain percentage would quit if health care reform was passed. They claimed that the survey was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Come to find out that was a flat out lie. The NEJM never published any such survey. CNS got their info from an advertisement! The story is still listed on CNS's site, even though the NEJM came out and publicly called them out on it.
http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/62812
http://mediamatters.org/blog/201003170036
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Registered: 11-11-2010
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 10:02am
Mediamatters is hardly a reputable source. LOL!
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Registered: 03-18-2000
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 10:04am
I'd already read/heard before that Fed. workers made more that those doing equal work in the private sector. I just did a quick search to back-up what I posted.
Thanks for the heads-up.

 


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Registered: 11-04-2010
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 10:14am
doctorzip wrote:
Mediamatters is hardly a reputable source. LOL!
How about straight from the horse's mouth?
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Registered: 11-04-2010
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 10:18am
I just thought you'd like to know about using CNS as a source. They are definitely not reputable based on their history.

It wouldn't surprise me if some federal workers make more than the private sector. I think it depends on the job and the years of experience, and whether there are even comparable jobs in the private sector. I'd be interested to see a breakdown of what exactly was being looked at.
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Registered: 11-04-2010
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 10:25am
I'll also throw in that I remember this instance very clearly. Originally, I hadn't even thought that there was a problem with CNS as a source. I followed their link to the Medicus group to take a look at the survey. They didn't have the survey posted and instead had a number of the person at their group to call for more details about the survey. I called and never received a call back...surprise, surprise. That's when I started looking into it further by going to the NEJM to see the survey that was published. Lo and behold, it was never published there and I discovered that CNS was a bunch of liars. What was really interesting was that Fox News ran with that "survey" and got their followers to be completely outraged. Nothing new there.
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Registered: 03-18-2000
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 11:11am

Here's another link. There are several more articles along these lines.

Federal pay ahead of private industry

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-04-federal-pay_N.htm

Job comparison

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2010-03-04-federal-pay_N.htm#chart

 


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Registered: 11-04-2010
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 11:30am

Thanks!

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Registered: 02-19-2008
Tue, 11-30-2010 - 11:45am

If I understand correctly, Obama has spent nearly 6 trillion dollars more than he has had as income since he took office, and can't by his own action halt raises to the federal union workers who supported him.


He will need Congress to change the law, and likely it won't, if it does, Obama will probably veto the change.


So lets recap, no interest in deficit reduction for 2 years, 6 trillion in new unfunded spending, no real cut here, just lots of noise.


Yup change we can believe in.

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