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Monday, January 22, 2007

No Raise for the Usurpers of Our Liberty!

Nine Washington area House members, led by Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), plan to send a letter to President Bush today urging him to recommend equal pay raises for the civil service and the military in his fiscal 2008 budget. In other words, all federal employees should get a raise regardless of their worth or productivity. More disturbing is Hoyer's reasoning:

"I would hope the president plans to include in his fiscal year 2008 budget an increase that will make up for last year's unacceptably low pay adjustment," Hoyer said. "Not only do our federal employees deserve fair pay, but with an aging population and a looming human capital crisis, now is the time to deliver the message that this nation values its federal workforce and will commit to recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest."

The aging population and the crisis it will cause for social security, medicare and the federal budget overall is, of course, a reason not to give federal employees big raises. The government needs to be cutting costs, not increasing expenditures. How about firing some federal employees? You know, downsize DC. If they're really the "best and the brightest" they shouldn't have a problem finding jobs in the private sector. I would start with Hoyer's massive staff. Let members of Congress hire their people out of their campaign funds, not the taxpayers' wallets.