My, God. Haven’t they suffered enough?
The Federal-Postal Coalition — a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions — pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the “fiscal cliff.”
Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily.
“Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have, and it is time our nation’s leaders found other ways to reduce the deficit than continually taking from those who have dedicated their lives to public service.”
My, how they have suffered:
According to the coalition, federal employees have funded $60 billion in budget savings in 2011 and 2012 as a result of their ongoing pay freeze and an additional $28 billion in savings will be derived from the freeze extension through March 2013.
Federal workers also contributed $15 billion toward the budget in 2011 when the contribution rate toward retirement pensions was raised to 2.3 percent for new employees.
While private sector employees lose their jobs and pensions, these long suffering saints of unionhood, the salaries of which were once funded by those workers who no longer have jobs, have weathered pay freezes and the crushing effect of having to contribute more to their own retirement.
Notice that in true government newspeak, a “freeze” is counted as an actual “cost saving” and like all good little liberals, the irony dripping from this statement is completely lost on them…
“No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have, and it is time our nation’s leaders found other ways to reduce the deficit than continually taking from those who have dedicated their lives to public service.
…as they all champion the idea that “the rich” who have actually been forced to contribute more, are told that they must cough it up yet again.
If this disgrace continues, pretty soon they will be equal in compensation to the private sector:
The Congressional Budget Office found Monday that federal workers are compensated 16 percent more than comparable private-sector workers on average.
The finding is bound to inflame disputes between Republican and Democrats as to how much to reduce the deficit by cutting federal worker pay.
“While millions of Americans continue to struggle with stagnant wages and high unemployment, government bureaucrats in Washington continue to enjoy significant advantages over those whose tax dollars finance their compensation,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) office said in reaction to the finding.
Maybe they will pull a Hostess baker’s union Mexican standoff and we can liquidate the government brand.