the Atlantic I am so disappointed in your piece ‘Are Most Federal Workers Overpaid? CBO Says Yes’ it is just poor journalism

I just read ‘Are Most Federal Workers Overpaid? CBO Says Yes By contributors@theatlantic.com (Jordan Weissmann)’ and have to reiterate what I say in my title.  I am so disappointed.  I posted the following comment on the Yahoo site and sent a comment to the Editor.

First, the Atlantic should be ashamed for even offering this as journalism. This article does nothing but incite anger unnecessarily. It does not provide enough information or insight into the actual report to allow the readers to understand that politicians are not even included in the report. This is clearly obvious by the masses of comments about firing congress I see posted.

This report, which incidentally I think was a waste of tax payer money, tells us that on the low end of the scale employees with less education are paid more when working for the Government than those working in the Private Sector. Conversely, the more education you have the more money you make in the Private Sector vs working for the Government. That is all this graph shows.

The sad comment to all of this is that people are calling for the Government to fire people, which is exactly what we don’t need at this point in an economic recovery, unless it is the politicians that made this mess.

What we need is reform, yes reform, that requires the Private Sector to pay a living wage, including to those with less education. Additionally we need education reform so we can educate EVERYONE.

We are rapidly headed toward the entire US looking like George W. Bush & Rick Perry‘s Texas: a ton of under-educated people working extremely low paying jobs barely able to survive; having to turn to public assistance in order to put food on the table while their so called leader brags that he has the highest job creation rate in the nation. Then he goes about cutting those very programs and gives tax breaks to the richest who do not need it.

All in all, a poor piece of reporting. I urge you to go read the report for yourself, the link is in the piece – it is only 28 pages if you are truly interested in the data. You will glean far more information than from reading this.

http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/126xx/doc12696/01-30-FedPay.pdf

First of all, that “more money” is not a lot of money being made on the low end of the scale as far as the less educated employees are concerned.  The overall salaries for these jobs, looking at the graph, appears to be under $25k for people with no college education.  Next to that is the sad wage of the Private Sector employee which is even less.  Follow along on the graph and you will see that the average wage of persons in the U.S. that are lucky enough to have a 4 year Bachelors degree is under $40k per year and those with Masters Degrees are  at $40k or barely above in both the Government and Private Sector jobs – they are virtually the same pay-wise.  The next big disparity comes along when you get to the Professional Degree or Doctorate.  A Government Employee who has Professional Degree or Doctorate makes under $50k according to the graph and the Private Sector employee is over $60k.

So, what it comes down to is the CBO is saying that the lowest paid persons in their organizations are being paid too much.  Their pay rates are barely a living wage, yet, it is too much and they want to cut it.  It is shameful for anyone in the U.S. to begrudge a person who was not lucky enough to get a college education the little bit of extra money they may be able to make in one job vs. another.  This is disgusting.  So, why would they say this?  Who stands to gain?  Who does the CBO report to?  None other than the Speaker of the House.  Yep, John Boehner.  That jerk.

I don’t know about any one else, but I am sick of these pointless inflammatory pieces that are trying to skew opinion of the Government waste,  especially because of the election.  Considering the steaming pile of dung that Obama received when he took office I am pleasantly surprised with what he has accomplished, even with the obstruction the GOP has been guilty of.  (I sure hope everyone is taking notes on how they have pretty much told the rest of us where we can go because they are going to do what the money people tell them to do regardless of the consequences to the people or the planet).

So, reading the report you will see that the Department of Defense employs approximately 35% (they said more than one third, I did the math) of the Government civilian workforce (program administrator, information technology worker, and program analyst); the only way to reduce that cost is to get out of the business of war.  Not a popular plan as far as the GOP goes.  Also, not something Obama is doing.  He is raising military spending to the tune of $6 billion a year, every year.  It seems a bit much to me, but that is a discussion for another day.

Remaining civilians employed by the Government are at the Department of Veterans Affairs, who employ 14% of the persons counted.  Of those half were medical professionals and the majority were nurses, not doctors.

There is also the Department of Homeland Security employing 8% where about a quarter are everyone’s favorite…..TSA.

The remaining 43% of federal employees work for the other departments and agencies of the executive, legislative and judicial branches.  In these areas the most common occupations are in I.T., and criminal investigations.

My question is where is the editor that should have looked at this and said WTF?  Have we really lowered our standards so much that anything submitted to a reputable magazine, regardless of being newsworthy or informative will be published?  I hope not, we need real reporters who can offer an unbiased, factual, overview of the item or issue they are reporting on.  Please join me in sending an email to the editor expressing your disappointment in this article, they have a form on their website that allows you to send a note to the editor and that link is http://www.theatlantic.com/contact/.

I also urge you to contact you elected representatives and comment on this report, it is a sad commentary on the use of tax payers dollars to try to skew public opinion in the favor of hidden political interests.  Speaker Boehner should be ashamed that he is once again trying to take money away from those who make the least.  What a despicable man.

Remember it is up to us to make a difference!

Just say NO to the GOP

Why would I care or pay attention you may ask? You thought I was a staunch Democrat? Well, you are correct, I am a believer in the Democratic beliefs, I am right leaning. I care and pay attention to make sure that I am not missing anything that is worth hearing, it is wise to listen to what your opponent says so you are aware of what their plan is so you can combat it. My greatest fear is that people will not vote because they think it doesnt matter and the GOP will take back the Presidency. This would devastate our nation, we see what having a majority of our recent years with GOP rule has done to our country. History is the proof, 20 of the 28 years between 1981 and 2009 the country was ran by the 1%. And in 2008 the global economy came crashing down because all the wealth in the world was not enough for the money grubbing bankers, corporate executives and congress persons. They had to deregulate (i.e. get rid of the rules) so they could take even more money for themselves and leave us holding the tab. Now, the GOP’s “best and brightest” who are out there running for President already have said that they would continue these same policies. I am not ready to let government keep screwing us.

So I watch, and I listen and try to be amused listening to them attempt to debate. (It is far better than crying, thinking about the possibility of one of them getting into office and effing up this country even further.)  Now the calendar is closing in on them so their herd of elephants is thinning out. Of course this always happens in the year of election.
So of course I am going to touch on what I have noticed or think about these candidates thus far. Most of it probably won’t be much of a surprise, I’m nothing if not predictable.

I don’t think it’s much of a surprise that Herman Cain is gone. He was after all, pretty much a flake. I did expect him to last longer than Newt, but I guess his little head overruled his big head too many times in the past and that always catches up with a man when he is running for public office. Hell, Ask Newt, he has a real problem with keeping it in his pants! Cain did make for a good sound byte with “9-9-9” no matter how unfeasible it may have been. Then of course Ms. Bachman announced she was dropping out this week. I am all for a strong female candidate, and she was NOT it. I am glad that she is out of there. I am so tired of seeing that blank stare and her nonsensical ramblings. She is giving female candidates a bad name.  So that leaves the GOP field with Romney, Santorum, Huntsman, Paul, Perry & Gingrich? Have I missed any of them? They are all pretty much the same. My husband argues that Ron Paul is way better, but I take issue with anyone who does not want to care for his fellow man.  Ron Paul is that guy, he does not believe in taking care of his fellow man and that is wrong. Of course in the field of the republicans, he is the least evil if you have to make a choice basing it on the lesser evil.  Looking at the others, you have Romney, he is a businessman. He will take care of corporations. He IS the 1%. Huntsman, he is the same guy as Romney, just not a Mormon. Santorum, the same, but add hypocrite because he claims ethics and morality that he does not practice. Sadly, activities more typical of the majority GOP members as of late than not. Then of course there is Newt. Who, in my opinion is the reincarnation of Napolean. I have never in my life seen anyone that held themselves in such high regard that they would have the audacity to get angry with people questioning them over their transgressions. He is just a douchebag. Last but not least there is Perry. Dear God, George W. Bush 2.0. Except this one may be narcoleptic. The state of Texas has declined further under his watch, education has suffered tremendously, sure he has created a ton of jobs, but they are all LOW WAGE jobs, ones that you cannot support a family on. Additionally, the number of people living in poverty is increasing at twice the national rate, 25% if the population is uninsured, and 18.8% of the families (1 in 5) were unable to feed their families. Add to that he cut firefighters budgets during some of the worst fires in TX history (firehouses were actually buying their own equipment out of their own pockets to fight fires), their executions of questionably innocenct men, and covering up his pedophile appointments to the TX youth commission.

Americans cannot afford nor can we tolerate anymore GOP antics.

These candidates, our elected representatives and especially Speaker Boehner are the embodiment of the unbudging, unwilling, selfish, and childish, stance that the 1% and corporate America represent and are now more than willing to show us. We are clearly witnessing now that they have no interest in representing all of the people and helping everyone and this country.  They show in both their actions and they state clearly in their words that their only interest is in making themselves, their friends money.

If we do not take action to get these people out of positions of power we will be doomed to be their slaves for the rest of our lives and we are also selling our children into slavery as well. They have no problem pissing away the money that our elected officials willingly hand over to them time and time again and saddle us over and over with the bill. The only problem they have is when we start pushing back demanding that government stop giving them the money and that government start taking care of us the way they care for them. Then we see things start happening like OWS protesters being evicted from the parks, NDAA being enacted and news stories being diverted from the truth. The American people already have the attention span of a 2 year old and the memory of a late stage Alzheimer patient.

We have got to do a better job of paying attention to what is happening in our country, who is doing it and making sure we use the tools we have available to us to change things before they are taken away from us. Mark my words, our rights are being taken away from us. There are GOP’ers that are trying to revoke peoples rights to vote so you have to pay attention.

I close with my favorite Reverend Martin Luther King quote of the day “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”  It is time to JUST SAY NO TO THE GOP!