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2013-01-03 Home Front: Politix
House votes to freeze congressional, federal worker pay
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Posted by Fred 2013-01-03 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [285 views ]  Top

#1 That's gonna put a halt to getting my third home. Sheesh!
Posted by AlmostAnonymous5839 2013-01-03 10:16||   2013-01-03 10:16|| Front Page Top

#2 .5% would have been about $5.85 a week after taxes on my check.
Congrats, go pay off the deficit.

And there is no private equivalent to what I do, Project Engineer would be closest to it and would pay at least as much as what I make working for the gubmint. Way less hassles though.
So....I hope you feel better seeing my $5.85 a week go to Pakistain or spare parts for the Muslim Brotherhood's new F-16s.
The people in the private sector seeing pay cuts are probably not professionals, which is the bulk of what the Exectutive Branch employs in my work. Just because you got a pay cut from your job stamping out brake pads doesn't translate to me or anyone else. I have heard that argued a thousand times already and I dismiss it. Make govt a shitty job and the good govt workers will leave, the bad ones will always hang on and you will hav a Zimbobwe type govt in a few short years. Still expensive, but totally corrupt and useless.
Dont confuse govt employees with politicians.
Posted by bigjim-CA 2013-01-03 10:46||   2013-01-03 10:46|| Front Page Top

#3 I am in the private sector. I and my professional colleagues had effective pay cuts this year - base pay stayed the same with no COLA while incentive pay (up to 10% or more of income in normal years, and a negotiated part of the salary package) was totally withheld. These are PhDs, licensed engineers, certified project managers etc., many with difficult to attain security clearances or other qualifications.
Posted by lotp 2013-01-03 12:03||   2013-01-03 12:03|| Front Page Top

#4 To reiterate, the pay increase wasn't going to GS (what the public calls 'civil servants') or WG blue-collar), but to SES (Senior Executive service).
Posted by Pappy 2013-01-03 12:03||   2013-01-03 12:03|| Front Page Top

#5 lotp et al.,
I am in the private sector. These are PhDs, licensed engineers, certified project managers etc.

Me too, but fortunately for me, my part of the private sector is the oil industry, and, don't know this year's results yet, but last year was pretty good for me. Payback for the 1984-98 period where 2/3 of my peers lost their jobs and the rest of us got smaller increases than inflation.
Posted by Glenmore 2013-01-03 15:47||   2013-01-03 15:47|| Front Page Top

#6 You guys in the oil and gas sector better keep that on the QT.
Next thing you know, people who work at Burger King or the local muffler plant will be after YOU for making "TOO MUCH MONEY"!
We are stoking the fires of jealousy, a very dangerous game indeed.
Posted by bigjim-CA 2013-01-03 16:15||   2013-01-03 16:15|| Front Page Top

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