Federal Employees Already Have Given Enough

August 1, 2012

The 2.6 million civilian employees of the federal government perform a multitude of jobs on behalf of the American people, including but not limited to, care for veterans; administration of Social Security, veterans benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid; collection, processing, and delivery of mail; border security; guarding inmates in federal prisons; ensuring the safety of the airline passengers; and enforcing law and regulations regarding public health, environmental protection, fair housing and housing for the poor, workplace safety, private pensions, wage and hour standards, and logistics, administration, repair, and maintenance of weapons and other support for our military.

Federal employees are substantially underpaid for performing this important work. Salaries of federal employees are on average 24 percent below those of comparable jobs in the private sector. Their health insurance is less generous than that provided by large firms in the private sector. Their pensions are equivalent—not more generous—than those provided to employees of large private firms. Continue reading “Federal Employees Already Have Given Enough”

Taxpayers Get Bang for Their Buck with Medicare, Social Security

 

08/26/2012; Tula Connell

Taxpayers Get Bang for Their Buck with Medicare, Social Security If Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were really interested in maximizing taxpayer money to get the most bang for the buck, they would not push to cut Social Security and Medicare. (And, in the case of Medicare, the Romney/Ryan plan would raise health care costs for seniors on average by $11,000, with today’s 54-year old paying $59,500 in increased Medicare costs.

Rather than cutting Social Security and Medicare, they should strengthen both programs.

Here’s why. Continue reading “Taxpayers Get Bang for Their Buck with Medicare, Social Security”

Charlie Bass, ‘Stop Trashing the Middle Class’

Charlie Bass, ‘Stop Trashing the Middle Class’.

New Hampshire Labor News sends us this. 

Charlie Bass's Trash

What’s in New Hampshire Rep. Charlie Bass’s (R) “trash?”

Social Security, Medicare, and affordable education as it turns out. The contents of the New Hampshire congressman’s “garbage can” came to light yesterday in Concord as young workers and seniors from the Granite State questioned his commitment to his constituents after he voted for Paul Ryan’s extreme budget. Said Terri Lochhead, an organizer for the Alliance for Retired Americans:

I’m not sure who Charlie Bass works for anymore. He is so out of touch with what the average American needs that he’ll trash anything just to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires like him. Continue reading “Charlie Bass, ‘Stop Trashing the Middle Class’”