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It is  time for the revolution to begin. These people cannot be fired and are promoted  for bad work ethics. Quit giving your money to the government. Vote out all  democrats and any taxing republicans and  independents.

Examiner Editorial
April 29,  2010

For  decades, public sector unions have peddled the fantasy that government employees  were paid less than their counterparts in the private sector. In fact, the pay  disparity is the other way around. Government workers, especially at the federal  level, make salaries that are scandalously higher than those paid to private  sector workers. And let's not forget private sector workers not only have to be  sufficiently productive to earn their paychecks, they also must pay the taxes  that support the more generous jobs in the public  sector.

Data  compiled by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis reveals the  extent of the pay gap between federal and private workers. As of 2008, the  average federal salary was $119,982, compared with $59,909 for the average  private sector employee. In other words, the average federal bureaucrat makes  twice as much as the average working taxpayer. Add the value of benefits like  health care and pensions, and the gap grows even bigger. The average federal  employee's benefits add $40,785 to his annual total compensation, whereas the  average working taxpayer's benefits increase his total compensation by only  $9,881. In other words, federal workers are paid on average salaries that are  twice as generous as those in the private sector, and they receive benefits that  are four times greater.

The  situation is the same when state and local government compensation data is  compared with that of the private sector. As the Cato Institute's Chris Edwards  notes in the current issue of the Cato Journal, "The public sector pay advantage  is most pronounced in benefits. Bureau of Economic Analysis data show that  average compensation in the private sector was $59,909 in 2008, including  $50,028 in wages and $9,881 in benefits. Average compensation in the public  sector was $67,812, including $52,051 in wages and $15,761 in benefits." Those  figures likely underestimate the true gap on the benefits side because the  typical government employee gets a guaranteed defined benefit pension under very  generous terms, while the private sector norm is a 401(K) defined contribution  plan that is subject to the ups and downs of the  economy.

With the  federal deficit and national debt heading into the stratosphere, taxpayers can  no longer afford to support such lucrative government compensation. Public  sector pay and benefits at all levels should be reduced to make it comparable to  the wages and benefits earned by the average working taxpayer. The first  politician to propose a five-year plan for this purpose is likely to be cheered  mightily by taxpayers.

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