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Government Workers Are a Big Component of Our Deficits and Debt

By July 8, 2024Commentary

This is simply disgraceful.  Government workers often are incompetent and don’t work hard, but they can’t be fired and they are grotesquely overpaid compared to private sector employees.  They are basically hired to support the Dem party and contribute part of their excess pay to that party and to ensure that they screw up anything any elected Republican ever tries to do.  We could literally fire half of all government employees and service would improve.  Whole agencies need to go.  Here is how bad the pay difference is, according to BLS.  Government workers average $61.27 an hour in wages and benefits.  Private workers average $43.78.  Wages are 23.2% higher for government employees; but benefits are an astounding 40% larger.  Among teachers, the government/private sector gap is even bigger, particularly on benefits.  The chart below shows this gap.   (ZH Post)

My solution, other than firing as many government employees as possible, is to make all government employees pay for 100% of any retirement benefits–they only get what they contribute plus earnings on those contributions and they get no retiree health care or other benefits, just like most Americans.  We should have a law that no government employee can earn more than a similar worker in the private sector, in fact, they shouldn’t be paid more that the average private sector employee.  Government unions should be eliminated, they exist solely to support Dems who then create this abominable gap.

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  • joe K says:

    When I graduated in the late 1970’s with a degree in accounting, there was very pronounced tier structure for compensation. The top 1/4 of graduates went to work for the big 8 (now the big 4) and drew the top salaries. The next 1/4 went to work for accounting positions in industry or one of the regional firms with compensation below the first tier. The third tied went to work for the smaller companies with compensation below the 2nd tier. The bottom 1/4 (GPA 2.0 and below) went to work for the IRS or other government agencies. The compensation for the bottom tier remained at the bottom. That tier structure for compensation continued through the very late 1990’s.

    That tier structure shifted significantly in the early 2000’s. Compensation increased dramatically, while performance dropped considerably.

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