Libertarians call federal worker pay gap ‘appalling’

LPHQ press release:

WASHINGTON – Recent data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis show that federal government workers get compensation, on average, more than twice as high as private-sector workers. That gap has expanded dramatically over the last decade. Libertarian Party Chair Mark Hinkle released the following statement today:

“The numbers are appalling. In 2009, the average private-sector worker received $61,051 in total compensation, but the average federal government worker received $123,049. There is no excuse for this enormous, and growing, compensation gap. As a side note, if you are struggling to get worker’s compensation then it might be a good idea to get a lawyer involved. You can easily check out a website like to help you out.

“I guess you just can’t beat a federal job. Very high pay, unbelievable benefits, extremely generous retirement plans, and near-perfect job security.

“And those retirement plans are often unfunded pensions, which will have to be paid by taxing our children and grandchildren, who never had the opportunity to vote when they were created.

“Apparently wishing to add insult to injury, government employee union reps have claimed that federal workers are entitled to their sky-high compensation because they are more educated and skilled than the rest of us. I have had many personal experiences with federal employees that indicate the exact opposite.

“The problem is that federal worker compensation is not set by the free market — it’s set by government fiat, which causes it to be artificially generous. Another factor is the monopoly government employee unions, which are able to extort that compensation up to even higher levels.

If you are trying to get worker’s compensation though, then it might be a good idea to get yourself someone like this workers compensation attorney to help you out so that you don’t have to find out what to do when your workers comp claim is denied!

“One sure sign that federal employees are overpaid is that they never quit. Tad DeHaven of the Cato Institute has noted, ‘…in 2009, private sector employees quit at a rate that was more than eight times higher than federal employees…. This indicates that federal employees recognize that the generous combination of wages, benefits, and job security is hard to match in the private sector, so they stay put.’

“Libertarians support minimum government and maximum freedom. Unfortunately, federal employees have incentives to make government bigger, which makes us less free. With government employment paying more than the private sector, the rational self-interest of many workers will drive them to seek employment with the federal government.

“That’s a formula for disaster.

“Libertarians want productive people working in the private sector to build our economy, not working for the government and hurting our economy.

“I would like to see an across-the-board pay cut for all federal workers. That would reduce federal spending, reduce the deficit, and reduce the insult to American private-sector workers. It also just might encourage some federal government employees to quit their jobs and seek more productive work in the private sector.”

For more information, or to arrange an interview, call LP Executive Director Wes Benedict at 202-333-0008 ext. 222.

The LP is America’s third-largest political party, founded in 1971. The Libertarian Party stands for free markets and civil liberties.

4 thoughts on “Libertarians call federal worker pay gap ‘appalling’

  1. Some Corrections

    Depends on which federal workers you are referring to. Job security is not as secure as you think these days. There are a lot of discrimination. EEO complaints. There are a lot of people who are miserable because of management. They have tightened up with attitude problems. They will cause people problems to force them out the door. There has been downsizing. RIF’s. Just like the government who would like to get rid of the undesirables. So do the government to do the same with people in the workforce. Harassment’s. The union which is set up to protect employees however is people acting like lawyers wanna bees on a small scale that doesn’t really help the employees. They are in bed with management.

    Don’t kid yourselves. Working for the government is not anywhere what it use to be. Yes it got bigger than it should have been. The government was set-up basically for vets who have trouble getting a job, that working for the government for defending our country this was suppose to be a help to the vets and areas of people who have disabilities who a lot of times, the regular workforce will not hire them. You will find more people of disabilities in the system than anywhere else. However today. The system is not all what is was. People have lost money in their TSP plan. People had lost money in pay. But if you want to talk about people in Congress. Very high management that is a whole different ballgame.

  2. ADD to it.

    I am talking about people in the GS 11 and higher. The people in the lower end GS 3 or 4 – 6 or 7 are crapped on. These people are peon. They don’t make the decisions. You want to get rid of people. Start with people in Washington DC. And how they get benefits for life after 1 term. The people in the Government sector do not get this. They have to work just like everyone else.

  3. wolfefan

    A better comparison than this “one size fits all” type is to compare job for job. In most job areas federal employees will have an edge, but certainly not in all of them. As the poster(s) above note, there are big differences between the top of the scale and the bottom.

  4. That is one of the problem

    There has been a lot of post without actual detailed facts. Then people just run with it. Just like the news media that cut portions out and let sheeples run with things. The person who made the posting could have done a better job with the report. Either he lazy, or doesn’t realize he will make himself look like an idiot. People who see the bigger picture will notice this.

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