Monday, May 10, 2010

Government Pay Cuts?

It is probably safe to say that the average American holds the opinion that they deserve the salary they earn, if not more. Obama's recent claim that someone has "earned enough" is not only anti-American, but it sends chills down my spine. (This is not to be confused with the liberalism disease symptom of "tingle up my leg"). The government seems to hold a different opinion, as to what Americans are "entitled" to earn, but of course, this does not apply to themselves.

The marxist porker, Obama the Superzero, has been making some more outrageous statements from the Ratcave. Apparently, he has targeted the US military as a money saving victim.
"For example, the military brass claims that an average sergeant in the Army with four years of service and one dependent would receive $52,589 in annual compensation, according to the paper. This figure includes basic pay, housing, and subsistence allowances, as well as tax benefits.

Meanwhile, a U.S. postal letter carrier, with no supervisory or hazardous duty, makes approximately $80,000 a year when all benefits are factored in."

While those who risk their lives for our nation and for freedom are grossly underpaid for their responsibilities, the random person who wanders your neighborhood and puts a letter in your mailbox who is at risk for a paper cut and random dog bite is paid significantly more, and Obama is fine with this. How despicable.

How should we really save any money?

God forbid that Congress should make any sacrifices. They are not only grossly overpaid for their job, but with such poor performance, they should be earning minimum wage which would be more in line with their competence level.
"Members of Congress make an average of $169,300 a year, with Congressional leaders making slightly more. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Cailf., makes $217,400, while the majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate each make $188,100.

The raise will increase the average salary to about $174,000, up 2.8 percent."

If you aren't mad already, please take a look at this document, listing government salaries from the last 200 years. Look at the significant increases since the socialist FDR came onto the scene.

Now Congress might argue that they ARE making sacrifices since they did not take any salary increases for 2010.

I know, your heart bleeds that Congress is suffering so much.

I wonder what the 26 million unemployed people think about that, or the now 40 million on food stamps.

Since Obama thinks someone has "earned enough" and believes in the redistribution of wealth, I'd like to offer a solution in line with his philosophy.
- We pay Congress the initial salary of $6 per diem, just as in 1789. They get no benefits, perks, free airline tickets or meals, and no lifetime pension. If the people like the job they do, we the people vote them a year end bonus in each election, based upon job performance.
- We swap the military salaries with the postal carrier salaries.
- All government employees from all agencies receive an annual review at election time, with any raises being voted by we the people.
- The money we save on Congress and all government employees should go to pay off the deficit.

Let's see how well they would perform now.

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