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  •  fozen (2+ / 0-)
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    snoopydawg, Noddy

    While everyone else's wages are declining...  thus providing less revenue for government operations...  and the race to the bottom continues...

    •  It's a real damned pickle, too. (0+ / 0-)

      Federal workers are losing real purchasing power as prices rise while their wages do not, but...

      in today's world, how do they avoid looking like a bunch of greedy whiners?

      So many people are out of work in the private sector.
      So many people are underemployed.
      So many have lost benefits.

      And the kicker is this:  

      The only way to pay those federal employees more is to take money away from others who are suffering.

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      by dinotrac on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 04:20:09 AM PDT

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      •  Public employment is not public welfare (0+ / 0-)

        I spent half my career in public employment - local and federal and half in the private sector.  

        Most federal employees have college degrees and most of the ones I worked with had one or more advanced degree.  

        Many were leaving for better opportunities in the private sector, yes even in the recession.   They earn the money they make.  It is not charity.  

        Perhaps in DC where government or government contracts are the only game in town, they have fewer alternatives now when everyone is cutting back.  They escaped the early years of recession and it is hitting them now.  But the economy is not struggling that badly in many areas for highly educated professionals.  

        My recommendation to the federal workers would be to look for a better job.  You are not going to be more appreciated in the future and if you are working there for the benefits both parties want to cut them.    

        My guess is it will be easier for you to find another job than it will be for the federal government to replace you.  And as I assume they are furloughing all the folks who hire or contract for people, pretty soon they will get what they deserve.  

        •  Which means what, exactly? (0+ / 0-)

          Do you presume that private sector jobs are welfare?
          That all of those millions who are out of work are slackers who deserve to have their lives implode?

          Your advice is right on.  If federal workers can do better for themselves in the private sector, they should make the jump -- and open up federal jobs for others who need them more.

          Will the replacements be as good as the current jobholders?
          Probably not, but that's nearly always the case when jobs change hands.  Time and experience tends to take care of that.

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          by dinotrac on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 01:08:48 PM PDT

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