Betsy McCaughey January 3, 2019
President Trump is freezing pay for civilian federal workers, canceling their automatic 2.1% raise for 2019. Disregard the howls from union bosses and Democratic politicians. It’s the right decision.
Federal workers already collect bigger salaries, on average, than private sector workers doing comparable jobs and get benefit packages a whopping 47% richer, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Not to mention up to 49 paid days off a year. And they never lose a night’s sleep over getting canned. Firing them, no matter how outrageous their misconduct, is almost impossible.
Then at age fifty-five, if they’ve put in thirty years, they get a gold-plated retirement package almost unheard of in the private sector, including defined benefits that protect them from inflation.
In short, federal employees are riding the gravy train, and the rest of us working stiffs who pay the taxes to support the federal government are being taken for a ride.
No wonder Trump’s applying the brakes. In his 2018 State of the Union message, Trump promised to “reward good workers,” who are the vast majority, and “remove federal employees who undermine the public trust.”.............To Read More....