Saturday, December 12, 2009

Federal Government FAT CATS

Since the recession began, American companies have cut 7.3 million jobs in addition to cutting benefits and salaries for those that remain employed. While the private sector has been shrinking in bad times, the Federal government under President Obama and the Democrat Socialist controlled Congress has not only grown dramatically; but federal employees have been given raises and benefits far in excess of inflation and/or what is happening in American business. Even thought the federal deficit in 2009, will exceed $1.4 Trillion, instead of cutting employees and wages, since the government is spending far more than it takes in, Obama and the Democrat Socialists in Congress are adding FAT CAT employees and paying them like never before.

At a time when the Federal government is trying to control salaries in the private sector, Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession's first 18 months and that is before over time pay and bonuses. The highest paid federal employees are doing best on salary increases. Defense Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December, 2007 to 10,100 in June, 2009. When the recession started, the Department of Transportation had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000. The same thing is happening throughout the federal government in many other agencies. The growth in six figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker's pay to $71,206 compared with $40,331 in the private sector. And, don't forget, federal employees already get pensions and other benefits that are far more generous than those provided in the private sector.

What we have under Obama and the Democrat Socialists that control Congress is Government Gone Wild and it is bankrupting our nation. The Obama Administration projects that they will add about $10 Trillion to the national debt in the next ten years. If government estimates hold true, unless something is done to prevent it, that number will be two or three times higher. The Congress will shortly raise the debt ceiling limit from $12.1 Trillion, by another couple of Trillion dollars just to get through 2010. None of this includes what many project to be another $100 Trillion of unfunded liability for Social Security, Medicare and federal pensions that has been stolen by politicians of both parties to fund annual operating expenses since 1965. There is no lock box. The money we have contributed into these funds is gone. There are only government IOU's given to the Social Security Administration, Medicare and Federal Pension authorities to fund these benefits that are not worth the paper they are written on. And then to make matters even worse, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democrat Socialist majority leader is proposing the Medicare be made available to Americans at age 55 instead of 65. Medicare is already bankrupt. This man must be on Medical Marijuana.

We have got to rise up and stop this fiscal insanity. All of this deficit spending is causing the collapse of the US dollar. In 2010, we must elect Conservatives committed to balancing the federal budget. We need term limits to get rid of the corrupt dinosaurs in Congress like Reid, Dodd, Schumer, Frank, Pelosi and so many more, so that citizen politicians with common sense, who have lived and worked in the real world, can properly represent the American people. And, finally, we need additional checks and balances on federal spending and taxing authority. All of this will require Constitutional amendments; but it is the only way to take back our country. Most of all in 2012, we need to make President Obama a one term President. Obama's Socialist vision for America is clearly not our vision for America. Elections matter!!

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