It seems that there was once a time in our nation that to take a position as a public servant in the office of Congressman, Senator or President would have been considered a “cut in pay” and a tremendous sacrifice. However, that does not seem to be the case today. Even for those that makes lots of money, there is always the issue of power that comes with the territory.
What even more sad, is that now, those who are to be our public servants are often doing far better financially than those of us they serve. Now don’t get me wrong here. If a person has obtained their wealth through legitimate means of business and investment, fine. However, it’s when those public servants have obtained wealth at the expense of the tax payer that things are to be taken seriously.
Michael Snyder lists sixteen facts that demonstrate how members of Congress and other federal workers live a high life at your expense. Among those he lists let me share a few with you:
According to the Heritage Foundation, federal workers on average make 30 to 40 percent more money than their counterparts in the private sector.
Nearly 500,000 federal employees now make at least $100,000 a year.
If you can believe it, there are 77,000 federal workers that make more than the governors of their own states do.
The U.S. Department of Defense had just nine civilians earning $170,000 or more back in 2005. When Barack Obama became president, the U.S. Department of Defense had 214 civilians earning $170,000 or more. By June 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense had 994 civilians earning $170,000 or more.
Insider trading is 100% legal for members of Congress, and they refuse to pass a law that would change that.
Fewer American workers are reliant on their next payday to make ends meet, according to a new CareerBuilder survey, with forty percent of workers reporting that they always or usually live paycheck to paycheck.
That’s a slight decrease from 42 percent in 2011 and this year’s figure marks a recession-era low, continuing a downward trend from a peak of 46 percent in 2008, during the early days of the financial crisis.
Additionally, 37 percent of workers say they sometimes live paycheck to paycheck, while 23 percent say they never do. Twenty percent of workers were unable to make ends meet at least once in the past year.
Did you get that? That’s a total of 77 percent of Americans that live paycheck to paycheck. Over half of that percentage do it weekly, while less than half are faced with that sporadically.
The question I have is this: When have we heard any elected representative ever be in touch with these seventy-seven percent? Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not asking for a handout for these people. I believe we should be self-sustaining and self-relient by working hard and doing our best. What I’m calling for is for truly limited government and true fiscally conservative budgets. I’m also calling for representatives to serve the people, not themselves. Sadly not many people ask why millions of dollars are spent to obtain a job that pays a couple to a few hundred thousand dollars a year.
Let’s work to clean up the corruption and wasteful spending in Washington, D.C.