For anyone who doubts that Barack Obama favors federal bureaucrats over the ever-dwindling number of employed taxpayers, USA Today released a potent article the day after Christmas. The paper’s independent analysis confirms, while the massive pay hikes of the last 10 years have slowed, “federal employees still did slightly better than workers in the private sector or at state and local governments.”
Federal workers made an average $75,296 in pay last year, plus $28,323 in medical, pension and other benefits, the USA TODAY analysis found. That’s about 60% more than the average private wage, a difference explained largely by higher education levels and more professional jobs in the federal workforce.
The study found the average federal worker’s pay rose by 1.3 percent in the last budget year, while private pay rose 1.2 percent. This is a reversal from last year, when taxpayers saw modestly higher gains than those discharging public service. The biggest wage losers in 2010 were military, who received virtually no pay increase, according to Edwards.
All of this reflects Obama’s worldview. He believes Washington, D.C., is the center of the economic universe, and its employees deserve to at least maintain their economic superiority. He disdains the military, particularly veterans, except when he forces them to do the UN’s bidding, help overthrow a neutered authoritarian, and empower rampaging Islamists.
(H/T: Chris Edwards, Townhall.)