Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Outrage and Unsustainable: Government compassion 145% more than private sector for same job

From 1998 to 2008, compensation for government employees grew by 28.6%. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the private sector. The increase there was 19.3%. The Wall Street Journal points out those government workers earn $1.45 for every dollar you earn doing the same exact job in a private business - a business that is forced to pay taxes and compete for customers.

The Boston Herald points to a local example of this mentality. In Salem, Massachusetts 45 city government employees earn over $100,000. That is up from 34 people who earned that amount just two years ago. Keep in mind that the median household income in Salem is less than $60,000. But those government workers "could pass out drunk in front of a supervisor and still be on the payroll."


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