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Federal Workers Lobbying Congress Concerning Potential Fiscal Cliff Deal

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 21, 2012

The Nationaljournal.com posted an article at the heart of America’s deficit problem.  A group called the Federal-Postal Coalition that represents two dozen federal employee unions is lobbying Congress to spare its members from any budget cuts agreed to in negotiations to forestall the so-called Fiscal Cliff.  A Coalition letter to Congress states:

Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans.  No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have, and it is time our nation’s leaders found other ways to reduce the deficit than continually taking from those who have dedicated their lives to public service.”

These letter is incredible.  There are many “hard-working, middle-class Americans who are struggling”.  Many have “been asked to financially contribute” to their businesses’ problems.  As for “dedicating their lives to public service”, given the pay scales and benefits offered government employees, that dog no longer haunts

This stance by the federal employees’ unions exemplifies the real fiscal challenge facing the United States, as well as other Western countries.  The issue is not complicated.  No group wants to or is willing to give up their piece of the pie.  Asking politicians in Washington who retain power by serving special interest to cut cost is like asking an alcoholic to manage a liquor store.

If the Country is truly desirous and willing to attack its fiscal crisis that was decades in the making, the pain will have to be spread across all sectors of society including those that are receiving from the government and those are paying into it.  That requires less benefits and entitlements, as well as overall government spending, and yes, higher taxes.  A good place to start would be the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles recommendations.

President Obama ran for office promising to take care of government workers and his union buddies.  Given that this promise cannot be fulfilled, it will be interesting to see how the Teflon president handles this matter.

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2 Responses to “Federal Workers Lobbying Congress Concerning Potential Fiscal Cliff Deal”

  1. Jim Mahoney said

    The day the federal budget is balanced, I will be the first in line to support a tax increase that is specifically earmarked to reduce the deficit. Until that day, any increase in the tax rate will only be poured down the federal rat hole and we will never put a dent in the deficit. The fact that pampered and entitled federal employees feel they should be be exempt from any sacrifice tells me that this country is nowhere near having the adult conversation that will need to take place before we can make any meaningful progress against addressing our national debt. That means everything has to be on the table including welfare, social security and other entitlement programs. The current proposals to tax the “rich” and closing loopholes will run the federal government for a total of 8 days. We don’t have a revenue problem we have a spending problem.

  2. Carl Hackert said

    Fake liberal economist Paul Krugman advocates government-sponsored $ counterfeiting: “Don’t worry, be happy” (about the debt ) – just print more $.

    Krugman: ‘We Can Print the Money’ | CNS News

    Source: cnsnews.com

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