Run amok

“These salary figures do not include the value of health, pension and other benefits, which averaged $40,785 per federal employee in 2008 vs. $9,882 per private worker, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.”


6 Responses to “Run amok”

  1. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    I’m sure this is all true. But what about when you get into the upper reaches of management? A Senator makes $174,000/yr. When he gets run out of office, he walks over to K Street and makes 2 million per year. An enlisted Navy guy in communications makes about $45,000/yr after 20 years. Retires, goes into the private sector and makes twice as much. A public defender does his time, then cashes in at a private law firm. We all know this to be true. So, whattya got to say about that, buster??

  2. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    It’s irrelevant. The point is that there needs to be parity with the private sector. We are financing all of these salaries with deficits. Don’t you understand that? Why are you defending this?

  3. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    So in order to create parity, gov’t salaries must come down–instead of private salaries going up. How about CEOs not taking such a huge slice of the pie at the top?

    Why is what I say irrelevant? Of course I understand it–and I have my point of view. You think it’s ok for incapable CEOs to make millions…I don’t. How do you defend that?

  4. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    We have gone over that already. You are deflecting the question as usual because you cannot answer it. Why do you think government employees should make substantially more money than someone in the private sector doing the same job and is being paid with our deficits? Please explain your rationale here.

  5. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    I’m not avoiding anything. I pointed out that, if you consider ALL professions and workers, it may not seem as skewed. There’s no way to prove it one way or another, but I can think of quite a few right off the bat where private employers pay their workers more…but you said it was irrelevant. So, what am I supposed to do? Here are some others. Tell me if they are irrelevant.

    Lawyers–as I said
    Almost anything to do with software/technology development
    Professors (state salaries)

    I’m not disputing your chart. But there are lots of areas where private sector employees make a lot more. How many rich people do you know who work for the government? Drive over to the rich area of Jacksonville, knock on some doors, and see how many got rich from Federal employment.

    And i guess you think cops, teachers, and combat soldiers are overpaid too?

  6. urstupidnourstupid Says:

    You are still avoiding the question. Unless your belief is that it’s ok because the government underpays one profession and overpays in another so it all equals out. That’s not very sound logic.

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