Waste Management: Government employees make more, get better benefits than private sector peers

Divisive controversy in states like Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio over collective bargaining put an age-old battle between public and private sectors on the front burner.

For years, some have lauded the government for treating government employees with respect in the form of generous pensions and benefits, while others have insisted the government was lavishing undue taxpayer dollars on workers who could just as easily be working in the private sector.

In a free market, the value of a job is decided by those doing the hiring.

Government, though, doesn’t have to play by the rules. Their revenue streams are self-adjusting; in other words, when they need more money, they simply take it.

You and I call this being taxed.

When Mitch Daniels and Scott Walker decided their states could no longer survive the burdensome yoke of public unions bleeding taxpayers, they fought back with legislation to curb collective bargaining powers (Please, don’t call them “rights.” They’re not)

What became clear to the public had been a secret of union bosses for decades: unions were getting away with not paying for anything.

In many of these schools, teachers were paying nothing toward pensions at a time when workers are lucky to be offered the option to have 5% matched by an employer, much less paying the full bill. They were also  paying just 2 or 3% for health care when private employees are lucky to pay 15% and plenty pay upwards of 20%, while many others have HSA’s that are self-funded.

A recent Congressional Budget Office report found the same thing going on at the federal level.  Overall, federal civilian employee compensation is 16% higher than the private sector, with  near 50% margin in benefits.

Remember, this is without collective bargaining since federal civilian employees can’t bargain for benefits.

Maybe you’re thinking the reason is because the government has so many skilled workers. You’d be wrong.

 Federal civilian employees with no more than a high school education averaged 36 percent higher total compensation than similar private-sector employees. 

– Congressional Budget Office

In terms of wages only, those same people are making 21% more in base pay than private sector counterparts.

What is the point in all of this?

The government needs to be accountable to tax payers. The president has erroneously insisted that his health care plan will cause private companies to compete.

What he actually intended to do was create a situation where private companies compete against a public option, much like some European countries have.

The only problem with that is government doesn’t have to worry about profit margins when it comes to its labor force. Government can pay more and not have to worry about it affecting the government bottom line because let’s face it, the government clearly doesn’t care if its working off of a balanced budget.

Furthermore, by not directly competing, the government is making financially irresponsible decisions with its labor force and paying for it on the backs of people in the private sector already making less.

Our President seems to think that’s fair, desirable even.

Unless you work for the government, my guess is you’d disagree when you’re the one being paid less and having to pay more in taxes to finance it.

I would call it a waste, an unjust and immoral use of government power. Welcome to federal spending.

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One thought on “Waste Management: Government employees make more, get better benefits than private sector peers

  1. jacksmith says:

    REALITY!! And A Fix for Unemployment, Homelessness and Hunger

    In addition to fixing healthcare the right way we need a NewDeal. We need a permanent and updated FDR WPA (Works Progress Administration). A Full employment act requiring the government to provide a job for everyone able to work that wants to work at a living wage or better. At safe, meaningful work where they live. Guaranteed by the US government. With free or very affordable excellent healthcare and free or very affordable education and training for advancement or just personal enrichment.

    ( http://my.firedoglake.com/iflizwerequeen/2011/05/16/how-about-a-little-truth-about-what-the-majority-want-for-health-care/ )

    ( Gov. Peter Shumlin: Real Healthcare reform — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yFUbkVCsZ4 )

    ( Health Care Budget Deficit Calculator — http://www.cepr.net/calculators/hc/hc-calculator.html )

    ( Briefing: Dean Baker on Boosting the Economy by Saving Healthcare http://t.co/fmVz8nM )


    As you all know. Had congress passed a single-payer or government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one, our economy and jobs would have taken off like a rocket. And still will. Single-payer would be best. But a government-run robust Public Option CHOICE! that can lead to a single-payer system is the least you can accept. It’s not about competing with for-profit healthcare and for-profit health insurance. It’s about replacing it with Universal Healthcare Assurance. Everyone knows this now.

    The message from the midterm elections was clear. The American people want real healthcare reform. They want that individual mandate requiring them to buy private health insurance abolished. And they want a government-run robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one. And they want it now.

    They want Drug re-importation, and abolishment, or strong restrictions on patents for biologic and prescription drugs. And government controlled and negotiated drug and medical cost. They want back control of their healthcare system from the Medical Industrial Complex. And they want it NOW!


    For-profit health insurance is extremely unethical, and morally repugnant. It’s as morally repugnant as slavery was. And few if any decent Americans are going to allow them-self to be compelled to support such an unethical and immoral crime against humanity.

    This is a matter of National and Global security. There can be NO MORE EXCUSES.

    Further, we want that corrupt, undemocratic filibuster abolished. Whats the point of an election if one corrupt member of congress can block the will of the people, and any legislation the majority wants. And do it in secret. Give me a break people.

    Also, unemployment healthcare benefits are critically needed. But they should be provided through the Medicare program at cost, less the 65% government premium subsidy provided now to private for profit health insurance.

    Congress should stop wasting hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money on private for profit health insurance subsidies. Subsidies that cost the taxpayer 10x as much or more than Medicare does. Private for profit health insurance plans cost more. But provide dangerous and poorer quality patient care.



    This is what the American people are shouting at you. Both parties have just enough power now to do what the American people want. GET! IT! DONE! NOW!

    If congress does not abolish the individual mandate. And establish a government-run public option CHOICE! before the end of 2011. EVERY! member of congress up for reelection in 2012 will face strong progressive pro public option, and anti-individual mandate replacement candidates.

    Strong progressive pro “PUBLIC OPTION” CHOICE! and anti-individual mandate volunteer candidates should begin now. And start the process of replacing any and all members of congress that obstruct, or fail to add a government-run robust PUBLIC OPTION CHOICE! before the end of 2011.

    We need two or three very strong progressive volunteer candidates for every member of congress that will be up for reelection in 2012. You should be fully prepared to politically EVISCERATE EVERY INCUMBENT that fails or obstructs “THE PUBLIC OPTION”. And you should be willing to step aside and support the strongest pro “PUBLIC OPTION” candidate if the need arises.

    ASSUME CONGRESS WILL FAIL and SELLOUT again. So start preparing now to CUT THEIR POLITICAL THROATS. You can always step aside if they succeed. But only if they succeed. We didn’t have much time to prepare before these past midterm elections. So the American people had to use a political shotgun approach. But by 2012 you will have a scalpel.

    Congress could have passed a robust government-run public option during it’s lame duck session. They knew what the American people wanted. They already had several bills on record. And the house had already passed a public option. Departing members could have left with a truly great accomplishment. And the rest of you could have solidified your job before the 2012 elections.

    President Obama, you promised the American people a strong public option available to everyone. And the American people overwhelmingly supported you for it. Maybe it just wasn’t possible before. But it is now.

    Knock heads. Threaten people. Or do whatever you have to. We will support you. But get us that robust public option CHOICE! available to everyone on day one before the end of 2011. Or We The People Of The United States will make the past midterm election look like a cake walk in 2012. And it will include you.

    We still have a healthcare crisis in America. With hundreds of thousands dieing needlessly every year in America. And a for profit medical industrial complex that threatens the security and health of the entire world. They have already attacked the world with H1N1 killing thousands, and injuring millions. And more attacks are planned for profit, and to feed their greed.

    Spread the word people.

    Progressives, prepare the American peoples scalpels. It’s time to remove some politically diseased tissues.

    God Bless You my fellow human beings. I’m proud to be one of you. You did good.

    See you on the battle field.


    jacksmith – WorkingClass 🙂

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