What’s wrong with government in one graph

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Federal vs per capita

The average yearly salary of a federal government employee is $78,467.

The average annual per capita (per person) income of Americans is $42,693.

That means the average federal employee makes $35,774 MORE THAN the average American.

But it’s average Americans who pay the taxes that pay the bloated salaries of government employees.

H/t Zero Hedge

~Eowyn

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Cathy
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Cathy

That’s not enough information. In fact, this is a great illustration of how statistics can be used to prove just about anything, whether it is factual or manipulated to slant for a particular viewpoint. Now, let’s have a little more fact to go with this blanket statement. Who did you include in the Federal Employees graph? And who are the “average citizens” you cite? Are you taking into account that in order to be a federal employee you usually have to have at least a college education? Did you include just that same strata of education in your “average citizen”… Read more »

TrailDust
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TrailDust

Breathtaking!

fuzzysdad01
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Reblogged this on Give Me Liberty.

lindarm
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What is breathaking fuzzy is that private salaries have not kept up, and continue to erode. People have been beating up on the federal employees like my husband, who works long hours and rarely ever takes any leave, because of the demands of the job.. He also has taken maybe at the most one sick day a year over a period of many years. The job has taken a toll on him, and it is starting to show. But he loves his job, and his devotion to those he serves (the mlitary) is second to none.

Fred
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Fred

I’ve worked in positions both on Wall St. and in the Federal Gov’t. that enjoyed disproportionately high pay. This can be justified by the market — aside from temporary distortions in the price of labor — by such things as a need for extraordinary competence, strong work ethic, and loyalty — all good things. But I also noticed that more often than not, it led to a Faustian Bargain. To me, the Faustian tendency explains a lot about the conduct and function of the Federal Government today.

Kathy
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Kathy

I would argue that the problem is that the Average Americans salaries are too low, except for the bloated exec’s at the top. They need to repeal NAFTA and all of these other foreign trade agreements that have cost Americans jobs and kept Americans wages too low forcing them to have less and less expendable income. Americans, if they are lucky enough to have a job, are finding it harder and harder to make ends meet, If they legalize the illegals, wages will fall through the floor and the new world order will have us all as slaves. And no… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

. . . and have you ever noticed when you visit a Federal government facility, how very slowly they administer the power they hold. The disparity in wages is so gross, it is beyond belief. Then it comes to mind that we borrow 46 cents of every dollar we spend. Many federal employees aren’t even worth what a person in the private sector doing the same kind of work earns!

Jerri
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Jerri

Again, just common sense. It is so obvious, and yet people just go on oblivious to it all. At least some people recognize it and address it. Thx!

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