On Monday, November 29, Obama proposed a 2-year pay freeze for all federal government employees. Here’s Washington Post’s account:
President Obama on Monday announced a two-year pay freeze for most of the 1.9 million civilians who work for the federal government, as he tried to address concerns over a mushrooming deficit and placate Republicans who have targeted the workforce for big cuts.
“Getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifices, and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government,” Obama said in a White House speech. He called federal workers “patriots who love their country” and said the cut is not just “a line item on a federal ledger.” But he said he is asking federal workers to sacrifice for the country as “they’ve always done.”
…The freeze, which must be approved by Congress, would be the first two-year halt to federal raises in modern history. With health insurance premiums for civil servants set to jump 7.2 percent on average next year and a federal transit subsidy to be cut by half Dec. 31, the plan will amount to a pay cut for many workers….
Civil servants still will be eligible for bonuses and promotions to higher pay grades…. Federal employees were scheduled to receive a 1.4 percent across-the-board raise in 2011.
Sounds good, uh?
Except for one thing:
Employees of the legislative branch — who are FEDERAL government employees the last time I checked — are exempt! Here’s ABC News’ Jake Tapper (h/t American Grand Jury):
There is also the matter of the BLOATING of the federal payroll under Obama, which is expected to burgeon to 2.15 million employees by the end of this year. Washington Post calls it “the largest federal work force in modern history.”
So you’ll have to excuse me for being a skeptical cynic about Obama’s ballyhooed federal pay freeze. I don’t think it’s gonna help one iota with our HUMONGOUS deficit!