Many of our so-called “public servants”, whose salaries are paid by our taxes, can’t be bothered with paying their own taxes! This outrageous situtation further proves that the ruling elites in D.C. are not only completely out of touch with the American public, they view us more like servants than citizens, and have clearly forgotten who works for whom. And like so many other problems in out nation, unions are a prime contributor.
From the article:
The IRS says 276,300 current federal workers owe about $3 billion in 2008 income taxes.
– White House: 50 staffers owe nearly $813,000.
– U.S. House of Representatives: 447 employees owe $5.8 million.
– U.S. Senate: 231 staffers owe more than $2.4 million.
Making this even more outrageous is the fact that Federal workers are increasingly earning exorbitant salaries and benefits, again, from the taxes WE pay! Please read, and SHARE the following articles, which are the source for the outrageous statistics I’ve compiled at the bottom of this post.
Even uber-liberal progressive F.D.R. was opposed to public sector (government) unions, he wrote “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.” and “Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of Government employees.” There is a link below where you can read the full letter.
Text of FDR Letter Opposing Public Employee (Government) Unions
41 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $831,000 in back taxes — and they’re not alone
McClatchy: Hefty salaries, perks for union leaders raise eyebrows
NRO: Union Bosses’ Hypocrisy
WSJ: The Public Worker Gravy Train – Many government employees are paid up to 30% more than those in the private sector
CNBC: Anger Brews Over Government Workers’ Benefits
WSJ: How Public Unions Took Taxpayers Hostage
Cincinnati Enquirer – Report: Ohio public workers paid 43% more than private workers
WASH TIMES – EDITORIAL: Big Labor’s theater of the absurd
USA Today: Wisconsin one of 41 states where public workers earn more
Congressman Calls for Crackdown on Tax Delinquent Federal Workers
USA Today: Private pay shrinks to historic lows
WSJ: Pensions Push Taxes Higher
WSJ: Unions vs. the Right to Work
Herman Cain: Unions and their collective disregard for taxpayers
Forbes: The Public vs. Private Sector Civil War
The Truth About Public School Teacher Pay
Fat Cat Public Service Unions Are Crushing America
President Meets With Union Bosses to Discuss Government-Union “Partnership”
How Are the Benefits? For Members of Congress, Not Too Shabby
WSJ: Governor Tim Pawlenty – Government Unions vs. Taxpayers
NCPA: Growing Federal Payroll
Unions to Taxpayers: “Where’s the Cash? “
NRO: ‘The Enemy Within’ – government sector unions.
NY Post: Public vs. private retirements – Government workers get better deals — paid for by taxpayers
Unions to Ohio taxpayers-F#*k you, Racists!
Inflated Federal Pay: How Americans Are Overtaxed to Overpay the Civil Service
USA Today: For feds, more get 6-figure salaries – Average pay $30,000 over private sector
Boston Globe: Myth of the underpaid public employee
ABC: Nearly 100,000 civilian federal employees owe the IRS $962 million in back taxes
USA Today: Federal workers earning double their private counterparts
USA Today: Federal pay ahead of private industry
Real Clear Politics: The Enormous Cost of Public Unions
2,000 House staffers make six figures
NY Times: Easy Money, Hard Truths
White House releases staff salary data – 469 employees, $82,000 average salary
Federal Government Jobs Far Outpace Private Sector Counterparts in Pay, Benefits
Reason.tv: 3 Reasons Why Public Sector Employees Are Killing The Economy
Hugh Hewitt: Tide of PR battle turns against public employee unions
NYT: Padded Pensions Add to New York Fiscal Woes
Barone: It’s a wonderful life working for the government
Boston Globe: Income angst? Not for public employees
Forbes: The Privileged Public Sector
WASH TIMES: Govt. workers feel no economic pain – Security, wages, benefits beat private sector’s
Townhall: Government Jobs Expanding – On Your Dime
Forbes: Gilt-Edged Pensions
Wash Times: Largest-ever federal payroll to hit 2.15 million
Recession chugs on, except in government
Rasmussen: 58% Support Cutting Government Employees to Reduce Deficit – February 5, 2010
WaPo: SEC staffers watched porn as economy crashed
While economy crumbled, top financial watchdogs at SEC surfed for porn on Internet:
Gallup: Federal Government Outpaces Private Sector in Job Creation
Mort Zuckerman: The Crippling Price of Public Employee Unions
Hugh Hewitt: Tide of PR battle turns against public employee unions
WSJ: Government Grants Airport Screeners Union Rights .
Highlights of the fleecing taxpayers are getting from the articles referenced above. I spoke about this at the Northern Kentucky Tax Day TEA Party Rally on April 15th, 2010:
- Largest-ever federal payroll to hit 2.15 million, most increases are on the civilian side, adding by 153,000 workers, to 1.43 million people, in fiscal 2010 only 9,000 are census.
- Obama Administration originally asked for a 2.9 percent increase in basic militaty pay. This is the minimum raise required by law
- Nearly 2,000 House staffers made six-figure salaries in 2009, 43 staffers who earned the maximum $172,500 which is 3 times the median U.S. household income.
- Federal jobs outpay their private sector counterparts 83 percent of the time, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Bureau of Economic Analysis, average health, pension and other benefits tally up to $40,785 per federal worker — compared with just $9,882 per private worker.
- Since December 2007, the ranks of federal employees earning $100,000 and up has skyrocketed
- The surge has been especially pronounced among the highest-paid employees. In the DOD, civilian workers making $150,000 or more quintupled from 1,868 to 10,100.
- Transportation Department was paying only one person a salary of $170,000. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees were drawing paychecks that size.
- All the while, the federal government has been adding jobs at a 10,000-a-month clip. Between December 2007 and June 2009, federal payrolls exploded by nearly 10 percent.
- “Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time in pay and hiring,’’ USA Today observes, “during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.’’ And to add public-sector insult to private-sector injury, data from the Office of Personnel Management show the average federal salary is now roughly $71,000 – about 76 percent higher than the average private salary.
- Compare to 72 industries that span the US economy, federal employees take home the seventh-highest average compensation.
- Last year alone, the State Department sent taxpayers tabs totaling nearly $300,000 for alcoholic beverages
- State level problem too! “State and local government workers get paid an average of $25.30 an hour, which is 33% more than the private sector’s $19,’’ Forbes magazine reports.
- Ohio workers enjoy taxpayer-provided health care, and in many cases can retire at 48. Especially egregious are “double-dippers’’ – public employees who “retire’’ and get a full pension while returning to work and collecting a paycheck. In 2009, double-dippers were paid nearly a billion dollars by Buckeye State public-pension systems.
- Ohio is hardly unique. A public-pension tsunami is beginning to inundate government budgets at every level.
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