Government Spending

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Registered: 12-16-2008
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Sat, 03-27-2010 - 5:11pm

And lawmakers wonder why people are getting a little ticked off.


http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/35050.html



2,000 House staffers make six figures







By ERIKA LOVLEY | 3/26/10 5:10 AM EDT


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Nearly 2,000 House of Representatives staffers pulled down six-figure salaries in 2009, including 43 staffers who earned the maximum $172,500 — or more than three times the median U.S. household income.



Starting salaries on Capitol Hill are still low — many entry-level congressional jobs pay less than $30,000 a year. And many of the most highly paid staffers could make several times the maximum by jumping to lobbying and consulting jobs in the private sector.

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Registered: 02-14-2010
Sat, 03-27-2010 - 5:38pm
The biggest boom industry in America is government.
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Registered: 03-10-2010
Sat, 03-27-2010 - 6:10pm
I don't consider those salaries to be ridiculous. It is very expensive to live in and around DC. The more highly paid staffers have advanced degrees, years of experience, and work long hours. Now, if people with comparable education and experience willing to work long hours would just step up and accept those jobs for less salaries than what the current employees are getting, that would be a major breakthrough. Then the current staffers can move to lobbying firms and make the really good salaries. That is where the money is.

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Registered: 10-27-2009
Sat, 03-27-2010 - 6:48pm
I'm sure every single one of those staffers is absoulutley essential to the running of our country. The goods and services they produce will certainly help the eventual economic recovery we are soooo looking forward to.
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Registered: 10-27-2009
Sat, 03-27-2010 - 6:51pm
Isn't that the truth, the jobs to be created
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Registered: 01-24-2009
Sat, 03-27-2010 - 7:50pm

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-16-2008
Sun, 03-28-2010 - 11:20am

"The more highly paid staffers have advanced degrees, years of experience, and work long hours."


Doesn't seem like we're getting near our moneys worth, does it.

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Registered: 03-10-2010
Sun, 03-28-2010 - 11:30am
I guess it is all relative. I think that $150K isn't that large of a salary.

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Registered: 10-28-2009
Sun, 03-28-2010 - 12:01pm
I agree, and look how long they have worked...it is not surprising that they are at the top of their pay scales.
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Registered: 02-14-2010
Sun, 03-28-2010 - 1:32pm

I recently read a report stating the average government employee wastes 2+ hours per day at work.


I'm happy to see our tax dollars go to such worthwhile causes.

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Registered: 12-16-2008
Mon, 03-29-2010 - 11:21am

"I agree, and look how long they have worked...it is not surprising that they are at the top of their pay scales. "


If that were really the case, you would not have thought they would have missed this:


http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Gap-in-health-care-laws-apf-1689533606.html?x=0


Ooopps!