"President Obama announced a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers on Monday as he sought to address concerns over sky-high deficit spending and appeal to Republican leaders to find a common approach to restoring the nation’s economic and fiscal health.
The president’s proposed pay freeze would wipe out plans for a 1.4 percent across-the-board raise in 2011 for 2.1 million federal civilian employees, including those working at the Defense Department. But the freeze would not affect the nation’s uniformed military personnel. It would also mean no raise in 2012 for civilian employees.
The pay freeze will save $2 billion in the current fiscal year that ends in September 2011..."
Two billion out of the $1.7 trillion deficit that Bush and the Republicans left behind. That is a really substantial move, paid for on the back of federal workers. After all, Republicans have been screaming the last couple of years about the salaries of government employees, compared to private wages, which have been stagnant since the 1970's. The obvious answer is to see to it that government workers earn less, since raising private sector wages for the first time since Ronald Reagan set our country on the road to economic oblivion, is obviously a lunatic, socialist suggestion.
"Union leaders said Mr. Obama was playing politics at workers’ expense. “It’s a panic reaction,” John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said in an interview. “It’s superficial. People in this country voted for jobs and income. Sticking it to a V.A. nurse and a Social Security worker is not the way to go.”
Damned right, Mr. Gage. Well, that's all we can expect any more from this spineless loser of a president, I am afraid. The Times article continues:
"...by doing it now, the president also effectively gets ahead of Republicans who have been talking about making such a move once they assume greater power in January. Some Republicans have gone further, proposing to slash federal worker salaries."
Listen, Barack, you stupid jerk, why don't you get ahead of Republicans by outlawing abortion and having creationism taught in the schools? Why don't you get ahead of them by doing away with all taxes on the rich, privatizing Social Security and ending the minimum wage? Why not just sign on to all of their filthy, greed maddened policies, and destroy the country once and for all? And I'm not kidding with these questions. That's just where you are voluntarily heading, isn't it?
But Wait- There's More: This story today, from the Washington Post:
"In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out about $2 billion in stimulus money to some of the nation's biggest polluters while granting them exemptions from a basic form of environmental oversight, a Center for Public Integrity investigation has found. "
There's your two billion dollars, Barack. How about getting it from polluters instead of government workers? But no, that wouldn't be getting ahead of Republicans.