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Worst of both worlds: unions & government employees


We need about 10 years of budget gridlock and just continuing resolutions.  This is a start.

According to the White House, the pay freeze will save $2 billion for the remainder of FY 2011, $28 billion over the next five years, and more than $60 billion over the next 10 years. It will apply to all civilian federal employees, including those in various alternative pay plans and those working at the Department of Defense — but not military personnel.

Jackie Simon, Public Policy Director for the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) told FederalNewsRadio.com today, “it was entirely gratuitous by President Obama and Congress. It will have no impact on the deficit if reducing the deficit were an important economic priority right now.”

The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) stated today: “During these tough economic times, federal employees are ready to do their part, but cancelling a modest 1.4 percent pay raise this year and a projected 1.1 percent pay raise next year because of deficit concerns rings particularly hollow in light of the recent tax compromise between the administration and congressional Republicans that will give hundreds of billions of dollars to America‘s wealthiest citizens. This pay freeze unfairly singles out hard-working, middle-class federal employees and casts them as scapegoats for the nation’s economic difficulties.”

I am a government employee;  these union spokesmouths need to just shut up.  $60B is $60B and its the least that should be done

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