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12 Facts That Will Blow Your Mind – Federal Employees And Members Of Congress Are Getting Rich While Those Of Us Who Pay Their Salaries Suffer

Do you remember the days when getting elected to Congress or choosing to work for the government was referred to as "public service"?  The idea was that you would be making a sacrifice for the greater good of the country.  Well, those days are long gone.  Today, getting elected to Congress or working for the federal government is a good way to get rich.  Median household income in the United States fell from $51,726 in 2008 to $50,221 in 2009, and yet the personal wealth of members of Congress and the salaries of federal workers (especially at the higher levels) continue to explode.  A lot of corrupt politicians and federal fat cats are raking in stunning amounts of cash, and we are the ones paying the bill.  There is certainly nothing wrong with making a lot of money, but does it seem right that so many of our "public servants" are getting filthy rich while so many of the rest of us are barely getting by?

Posted below are 12 facts that will blow your mind.  Most Americans have no idea just how obscenely wealthy many members of Congress are, and most Americans are totally clueless about how cushy some of these U.S. government jobs are.  If there is one place in America where the good times are still rolling (other than Wall Street), it would have to be Washington D.C.

Members of Congress and employees of the government are supposed to work for us.  We are the ones who pay their salaries.  But today, they are the ones "living the dream" while most of the rest of us scramble just to survive from month to month....

#1 According to an article in the Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's net worth soared from $13.7 million in 2008 to $21.7 million in 2009.

#2 In 2005, 7420 federal workers were making $150,000 or more per year.  In 2010, a whopping 82,034 federal workers are making $150,000 or more per year.  That is more than a tenfold increase in just five years.

#3 More than half of the members of the U.S. Congress are millionaires.

#4 The total compensation that the U.S. government workforce is going to take in this year is approximately 447 billion dollars.

#5 Today, all members of Congress earn at least $175,000.  This is far, far more than the average American makes.

#6 60 percent of the federal government workforce is represented by labor unions.

#7 The median wealth of a U.S. Senator in 2009 was 2.38 million dollars.

#8 In 2005, the U.S. Department of Defense had just nine civilians earning $170,000 or more.  When Barack Obama took office, the U.S. Department of Defense had 214 civilians earning $170,000 or more.  In June 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense had 994 civilians earning $170,000 or more.

#9 Insider trading is perfectly legal for members of the U.S. Congress - and they refuse to pass a law that would change that.

#10 According to a recent study conducted by the Heritage Foundation, federal workers earn 30 to 40 percent more money on average than their counterparts in the private sector.

#11 When you factor in such things as retirement and health care benefits, the compensation gap between federal workers and private sector employees gets even larger.  Just consider the following quote from the Heritage Foundation study mentioned above....

"Including non-cash benefits adds to this disparity. The average private-sector employer pays $9,882 per employee in annual benefits, while the federal government pays an average of $32,115 per employee."

#12 The personal wealth of members of the U.S. Congress collectively increased by more than 16 percent from 2008 to 2009.

So can the U.S. government continue to afford to shell out nearly half a trillion dollars to federal employees every single year?

Of course not.

The truth is that the U.S. government is flat broke and yet most of our politicians still seem extremely resistant to consider anything that would even slow down the wild spending that has been going on.

So what do we get for the $447 billion that we are spending on federal workers every single year?

Not a whole lot - unless you consider paperwork, bureaucracy and a gigantic pile of ridiculous regulations to be a good thing.

America needs a fundamental shift in attitude.  Instead of expecting a "nanny state" to take care of us, we should desperately try to reshape the federal government into a much smaller entity that will finally get off our backs.

We have been living beyond our means for decades, and we cannot afford to pay for this bloated behemoth of a government for much longer.

Hopefully Americans will wake up and do something about this nonsense before it is too late.  Because right now the federal government has become an out of control monster that is gobbling up everything in sight.

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  • Gary2

    I agree with the article to a point but it seems to me that you are missing the bigger point: Namely that the private sector jobs pay so little that it makes the government jobs look luxurious in comparison. Yes Gov employees may have it good but it only looks like they have it so good because the rest of us stuck in the private sector have it so bad-low pay service jobs etc. Yes there are some good private sector jobs but the vast majority (80% at least) are poverty wage dead end jobs.

    We need to pass the employee free choice act and force the private sector to pay living wages. I guess they will just have to make less profit and pay the CEO,s only millions instead of 100′s of millions.

    Gov jobs are good because they are union. Private sector used to be good because they used to be union. The private sector now basically sucks for most people because they are now not union. Example-Wal-mart could double its employees wages and still make a good profit. It is greed pure and simple that they do not do this. Gov as usual will need to drag the private sector into doing the right thing by forcing employers to pay a living wage or tax the hell out of them and supplement the low wages. They already supplement these rotten low wage service jobs by having their employees on state health care for the poor.

    • Phoenix

      Ok, so go start a company, and pay employees more than other companies.

  • http://brunolem.wordpress.com Brunolem

    Unfortunately, the Americans will NOT wake up and will NOT do anything about this nonsense!

    They have other things to do, more important to their eyes than their society’s survival; things like watching TV while eating pizza…

    Having said that, there is probably much more money to be saved by the government, in closing the US military bases spreaded all over the world, and ending two and a half (Pakistan) unwinable wars.

    This military showdown costs much more than the salaries of a few thousands federal employees and congressmen and, more importantly, most of the money is not spent in the US. Where are the 70,000 US soldiers stationned in Germany spending their money? And the 30,000 stationned in South Korea?

    Anyway, the public spending frenzy is not going to last much longer.

    Many states are broke; some, such as Illinois, have long stopped paying their bills. Cities are broke; some are seriously considering bankruptcy.

    The US is like a terminal cancer patient “enjoying” a short remission, thanks to high doses of chemotherapy. We know that, sadly, such life extension comes at a steep price and ends up in tears…

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  • JustanOguy

    D.C. and Wall St…. it’s just absolutely amazing how the two working together have killed the average American.

  • Hong

    It’s obvious Federal/Private sector pay disparities are growing because of crushing regulations and taxes. It serves to stifle private sector wages while enriching public sector unions and politically connected corporations. What fantasyland do people inhabit who believe any other outcome is possible when you introduce a welfare state? This disturbing report on the collapse of the European welfare state ought to be a cautionary tale.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2010/11/17/welfare-state-europes-economic-armageddon-coming-to-america/

  • GoatLady

    Gary2: ***70% of the jobs in this country*** come from the “small business” sector. Most of these business’ are operating on a shoestring and another govt regulation insisting on higher wages would put them out of business.

    The CEO’s you speak of making 100′s of millions will just take their businesses to another country. And the jobs will go, too.

    Signed,
    A Small Business Owner

  • chon
  • alice

    This article serves nothing, except to give people an acid stomach! Want to get drunk and stay drunk! Stop being a slave with no wages! Let’s go on welfare (Government). Quit our stupid go nowhere jobs, stop the struggle, pitch a tent, F%ck it all, no more, I’m done, let the Gov. take care of us all, resignation to the max, find a quite corner, end the madness, watch tv all day, take a walk across the country with no plans of returning, stop reading everything, Unless the GOV. gives me a job that produces nothing, lifetime retirement, health plans, great pay, pension and job security for my kids(Because nepotism is rampant in Government). That’s all folks!

  • Matt

    The only way this and the whole mess gets cleaned up is by a total system reset, and that is coming soon. Bring it on since things will be better on the other side of the Grand Reset. The reset event itself is going to be messy since The Establishment will lose their power and are not going to go down without a fight. Guns – Gold – God.

  • Jenni

    Blah, Blah and Blah… Thank you “Brunolem” for your insight. Very true and to the point. A common statement “Americans need to wake up and do something about this”. Now tell us HOW to do it. A lot of should’a, could’a and would’a but no ACTION has been taken!! Lots of talk but no ACTIVITY on this much needed occupation.

  • zack

    Congress’ investments also outperform the general market http://insidertrading.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=001034 – coincidence? Obviously not – these scumbags are using their privileged position trade on inside information. Will the outrage ever end?

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  • lostinmissouri

    We could fix this very easily.

    Pass an amendment that makes it illegal to vote in Federal elections, if you work for Federal government. Pass another, that says it is illegal to vote in State elections, if you work for the State, and so on for counties, cities.

    Brunolem….. I agree with you…especially about bringing home the troops from Europe and Korea, along with all the money spent there.

  • mondobeyondo

    I agree with shutting down a great many of our military bases.

    Why do we still have thousands of military personnel stationed in Germany? World War II ended 65 years ago. What are those soldiers doing there? Shopping for lederhosen?

    And why are there still military bases in the Philippines and Okinawa? I thought they were our friends. Maybe there are some Filipino terrorists we don’t know about.

    South Korea, I can understand. Loony North Korea could always fire a couple nukes across the border, so we need to be ready for that.

    But so much of our government and military expenditures are just pork and waste!

  • William

    During my military career, I saw many, many civil servants at major fleet headquarters do nothing all day long, while looking busy doing nothing. It is an art form perfected by civil servants. It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to fire one of these miscreants, unless they kill someone or commit armed robbery. The entire federal workforce could be cut in half if these civil servants would just do a little actual WORK!

  • Nohaters

    Not all gov. employess are getting rich. You need to get your facts straight. Many of the DOD civilians that get paid big bucks are healthcare professionals working in MTF’s accross the WORLD. Check out the GS pay grade scales…majority of GS workers are GS4 – GS7 which are $13-$17/hour. College educated positions are GS8 and up and that starts at about $19/hour. That’s hardly something to get excited about. Yes the benefits are great, but off set that with lower pay/hour and it balances out. Also…as a fed employee there is no “moving up the ladder”….if I work very hard, which I do, I cannot advance unless I quit my position and get a higher grade job. So there is no compensation for hard work, experience or effort…Also, vets, retired AD and spouses and special needs get preference over regular joes..so you get bumped down the ladder even if you are qualified for the higher grade positions. I caution bloggers about demonizing one group of people over others. It isn’t fair, ethical or fact based. Lay blame where it should be…not on those who are convenient. Not all fed employees are guilty by association!

  • http://blogs.alternet.org/perspective/ Alexander Wright

    HOW DARE THOSE EMPLOYEES EARN ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES!

    How dare they have medical care!

    How dare they have a non-falling standard of living!

    How dare they earn enough to plan for retirement!

    Come on people! This is not a big problem. The actual problem is that the rest of us are being impoverished. Please stay focused on the right issues.

    That notwithstanding, this is a fantastic blog.

  • http://thecivillibertarian.blogspot.com/ Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Love Justan’s comment above. When looking at that two headed hydra- Corporate America and Government- I couldn’t distinguish which was worse. That was my dilemma.

    Thanks Mike for this piece. It was jaw dropping. Obamas role in hiking federal salaries went supernova.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Brunoleum: Germany pays the U.S. the cost to have our troops stationed there. This was part of the agreement they signed at the end of WW II. I agree we should cut our losses in Afghanistan and even in Iraq and that would save $200 billion or more a year.

    A better idea would be to cut federal jobs by 10-20% right away and then begin eliminating entire government agencies after that. I also think the median wage and benefits for ALL goverment workers should never exceed the median wage and benefits for citizens.

    Another thing that would save billions is to outsource most of these jobs. This way it would make our civilian workforce stronger and decrease the cost of government.

  • JohnnyP

    Why should the fact that 60% of government workers are in unions blow anyone’s mind? Other than if it’s considered in light of how labor has been so annihilated in the private sector? I don’t see why you are so anti-union. You know that late, lamented “great American middle class?” It never would have happened without unions. The private sector which you consider so beset by regulations, in destroying labor, has also destroyed the middle class and broad prosperity in our country. Your blog lacks coherence. You denounce globalism and its subsidiary doctrines like free trade, yet you argue that government should not regulate businesses. What, you’re a laissez-faire protectionist?! And on top of that, you hate unions. Hmmm, what kind of government does all this remind me of?

  • http://WBDM Joe in JT

    How much money one earns and who earns it will be totally meaningless if the Food Safety Act S510 is passed into law. Because when everything in society breaks down (money is worthless, no government handouts, riots) the only thing that matters is a persons ability to grow your own food, draw your own water, and shelter over your head. If S510 becomes law it will be illegal to grow a garden to feed yourself and if you save seeds for the next year, it’s 10 years in prison. Thanks Monsanto.

  • Gary2

    I wish people would stop loinizing small business. Yes they do create most of the jobs but they also LOOSE most of the jobs. If a small business can only afford to pay a poverty wage then it is probably best that it fail. Small business is also very guilty of wage theft of their employees. Google for more info on this. Small business is good, however, one needs to look at the whole picture.

  • http://www.planorperish.com/ Gutter Economist

    Voters should control the compensation of politicians.

    This compensation should be fixed for the entire term of office and disclosed before elections.

    Nothing will change or improve in the US, however, until we eliminate the 2 potty political system.

  • Save the Republic

    All of this talk about things “we” should do is meaningless. “We” cannot alter or enact legislation. There are very few things “we” can do. The 2 prominent choices are vote or revolt. If you can’t get the vast majority of Americans even to vote, you’re unlikely to get them to unite to revolt, at least until things become completely unsalvageable. The best option we can hope for at present is to get Americans to vote for different people to represent them, and I don’t mean a “democrat” or a “republican”, which might as well be 2 maffia families battling to gain control of ripping us off by the exact same methods. We need Americans voting for Americans, not voting for treasonous, self-serving, white-collar criminals that believe they are above the laws that were supposed to be created for all.

    There are a lot of great ideas, but “we” cannot enact them ourselves. Try your best to hang in there until the next election, and during that time, encourage others to vote independent instead of stupid.

  • SilverMoon

    This is just Wrong!! Let them lay off 9.7% of federal employees as is the case in the private sector.

  • luckyturquoise

    I say it is about time all of these govt officials open their check books to major scrutiny and explain where and how they make their money. I am sickened that these whores make this kind of money. Tax the banks,end the fed, end the irs, and get rid of the democratic and republican parties,one is as bad as the other. Pray for a revolution.

  • http://www.iuniverse.com/Bookstore/BookDetail.aspx?BookId=SKU-000190526 Steven B

    Overpaid useless federal bureaucrats, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.

  • SaulRosenberg

    To Whom It May Concern,
    Jealousy will get you nowhere! Federal employment is the backbone that is everything RIGHT in this country. Wouldn’t you want a job with fantastic bennies—-countless days off, virtually no accountability, early retirement…and so forth. You can’t beat us, so you might as well join us!
    Love always,
    A.F.S.C.M.E.

  • Digital Gravy

    Sometimes one must walk outside the gates to get a true prospective of what could be done to correct a given problem.
    When we go back to paper ballots, those ballots should include “none of the above”. If NOTA get the majority vote. We can install a second government complete with its own Capital, congress, and state, local level government structure. Just think of the possibilities:)

  • allovertheplace

    “We have been living beyond our means for decades, and we cannot afford to pay for this bloated behemoth of a government for much longer.”

    Um the chief problem is the so-called “federal” so-called “reserve.”

    Yes, your article overviews disgusting corruption, incompetence and mismanagement which is getting worse by the day, however is it not clear that the “fed” controls the US government? Even this bloated payroll, undesirable as it is even without going into debt, would be far more manageable without the feds usury of the nation.

  • David

    No do not expect Americans to wake up ,they are as ignorant as it gets. and would rather wallow
    in a sty then do something about it

  • karen

    The article is true, I work for the goverment, and the civilian side of the world is getting hammmered. The goverment waste more money on military things than you can dream of, while people lost jobs and homes they spent thousands on flat screen tv’s computers, ect… new office furniture, I remember years ago we used metal desk and chairs, now it’s top of the line junk bought all the time with no thought of everyones tax dollars being wasted on useless crap. I get so ticked off at this, and know folks hard earned money is being wasted.

  • Richard Bravverman

    Lets get back to fundamentals……..The federal government, by act of Congress, granted the Federal Reserve Banks the power to create money. As a result, the FED banks create money and then loan it back to the government with interest. The government levies income taxes to pay the interest on the debt. Th 1982 Grace Report Commissioned by Ronald Reagan stated that 100% of all collected federal income taxes are applied to service the debt related to this specific process.

    Thus the entire scam of expanding the size and cost of the federal government, whether it is entitlements or defense, is a scheme to further enrich the banks. The government borrows more money and the debt just piles up. The debt is so large every senior politician understands it will never be paid. Instead one hundred percent of our income taxes are used to service the outstanding interest on that debt.

    When the Democrats increase the size of the federal budget the FED WINS.

    When Republicans explode the size of the federal budget the FED WINS.

    The democrats raises taxes so that everyone is a slave to the FED. The republicans target tax breaks to some rich cronies so that only 85% of Americans are slaves to the FED.

    Both sets of sleaze bags in Congress, the Executive branch, and the Judiciary work for the FED banks whether they realize it or not.

    Some prostitutes are too stupid to realize that they are prostitutes. These individuals are usually just happy to be on the winning side. Neither sets of prostitutes understand that their actions are KILLING THE UNITED STATES. A few do, and there will be a special place in hell for those individuals, who knowingly sell out their family, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens of this planet, just for a very few pieces of silver and a chance to hob-nob with power.

  • Dick Gagel

    Add Nr 13 : they are by and large grossly in arrears paying their taxes.

    A very recent item I saw on the Internet.

    Comment from aspiring to be independent Scotland

  • Steve De’ak

    Jenni asks:

    A common statement “Americans need to wake up and do something about this”. Now tell us HOW to do it.

    Steve answers:

    A good starting point would be to use your head and stop relying on other people to think for you.

    Hint:

    This revolution is one of awareness, not violence.

  • Vicky

    Gary,

    I like your thinking. It’s okay if government employees and unions are taking the rest of us for a ride and living above the rest of the country while we are quickly going bankrupt as long as the rest of us pile on. If I may say so, this is not only stupid thinking, but it is extremely selfish.

  • Dave

    I am the owner of a small corporation (about $600k/year) and an MBA and I can tell you exactly what has led to this mess: 30 years of Reaganomics.

    Shipping jobs overseas and destroying unions lowers wages and the average American has had to make up for his stagnant wages by using debt. Unions are pure democracy in action. Unions fighting against CEOs (who have fared at least 10 times as well as average Americans over the last 30 years) for fair compensation actually RAISES wages for the rest of us.

    By the way, small businesses do NOT “create jobs.” Demand for products create jobs. You can borrow all the money from China you want to give me tax breaks, and I will never hire an employee unless demand for my product increases, which is the direct result of my clients having decent wages.

    What this country needs to do is stop spending 53% of every tax dollar on the military-industrial complex. We need to get out of “free trade” agreements and bring back manufacturing in the U.S.A. Most importantly, we need to stop believing what the ultra-rich elites in both parties want us to believe. The problem is not government per se…it’s the takeover of government by corporatist leeches.

  • Biloxi Marx

    DIGITAL MONEY has been around since IBM was the REPUBLIC’s and free, but then the so called smarter tribe got hold of digital money and made lots of credit, sold it as debt with compound interest to the power of infinity.

    The rest now, history.

    BROKE BACK AMERICA can be a HIGH RENAISSANCE ONCE THE REPUBLIC DEMANDS IBM MONEY IS HOW IT IS: WE THE PEOPLE ALL, are in the loop of digital credit and not just the cannibals who brand new names to hide the obvious, 21ST Century MONEY is computer keystrokes and there are those who have been made very rich hiding the truth.

    Time for the SUNSHINE LAW on digital money.

  • http://rundrobo@aol.com Bob

    The Senators and Congressman are doing what every working person would like to do —- vote their own pay raises. This is totally wrong. We the voter should have a vote as to whether the politician should receive a raise or not —- maybe they might do something for us. They will never change it —- would you? As for higher wages for the grunt on the street —- Isn’t that the main reason companies moved North and South and across the Pond. So the CEO and the rest of the wheels can get it —- it’s called “GREED” —- something that is rampant in this country. I see changes in this country over the past four (4) decades of generations getting priorities mixed up where partying 7 days a week is first and if there is money left over we pay our rent or utilities. It has changed only to the point we have now added “ALL” the “ADULT” toys and new “ELECTRONICS” that we can not live without. To support all the partying, “ADULT” toys, and new “ELECTRONICS” we have to make $50.00 an hour. Only in an unreal world. “LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS”

  • walt

    In small business if I am short, I must do at least one of two things- Increase productivity and/or cut costs.
    Here’s the difference in government- They need not be productive so to increase revenue, they just merely take, steal, or rob more from the citizens in taxes!
    If I could “force” people to pay me against their will- I’d be fine.

  • Michael

    In my opinion, our focus is in the wrong place. We look to our employer to provide for us. We look to them to provide everything for us…our wages, insurance, health care and pensions. But we don’t look to ourselves. Why are we relying on only one income stream? Why are we not looking at developing other ways to make money in case one runs dry? I think we need to take more responsibility for ourselves and our families then relying upon our job or the government to do it for us. It seems we forgot our independent nature and became sub-servants to whoever pays our way. No business is promised to last forever, and the government for that matter. No job is promised either. Lets stop blaming others for our situations and start taking responsibility for ourselves. Nothing is promised in our lives. Difficulties will happen to all of us. Focus on taking care of your family. Having a job is a privilege, not a right. Think of family as a small corporation. Your pay is your revenue. If you only have one revenue stream, you’re on thin ice, just as any place of business would be. Diversify your income, and become more financially stable. Pay off your debts, and be more vigilant with your spending. The time for blame and carelessness is over.

    I agree some are taking unethical advantage of others, and we need to call them out for it. But if someone is making money ethically, legally, honestly and morally, what business does any of us have to try and take their success from them. Would you want someone to take your success, property and prosperity from you if you did it the correct way? Something to think about folks.

  • http://nil Bob the Aussie

    The situation in Australia is much worse regarding the pay of Politicians and Senior Public servants. Humans Resourse managers in small govt. agencies with only 3,500 employees are on $250,000 a year. Our Politicians get huge pensions for life which they can convert to a $1 million dollars at age 60yrs. when they die the pension starts up again over for their wife.

  • Richard Braverman

    There have been many postings that demand action and not words.

  • Ironman

    Gary2 stated it with one of his points. Namely that the private sector jobs pay so little that it makes the government jobs look luxurious in comparison. Yes Gov employees may have it good but it only looks like they have it so good because the rest of us stuck in the private sector have it so bad-low pay service jobs etc. How did we get to be a service based economy? UNIONS. I agree that there is corporate greed and in a fairy tale world, the man should take a little less and pay the worker better, but that’s a fairy tale. The greedier government is the problem too. Let the small business man keep his money and he hires someone. Let the rich man keep his money, and he hires someone or spends money. Take their money away, and jobs go overseas. While we are on taxes, gutting the arcane system we have and going with fair tax would be a great step. UNIONS.. I live in a right to work state and our economy isn’t all that bad because we make stuff. Unions had their place at one time, but now they are bloated self serving entities. Attica, Attica!!

  • allen

    Lets stop that blame act and really do something. Start looking at where your tax dollars are going, read the fine print, take time out of your day to talk to your neighbors we can live within our means when everything is a level playing field but when others decide for us then we are to blame because we let them do that. Read the votes that you representative are voting on and do it before hand and if you want it done another way then write your representative. BE PRO ACTIVE not just on the sidelines

  • Jack

    Reality

    google

    Bernanke’s Failed CNBC Predictions

    Eliot Spitzer: “The Federal Reserve Is A Ponzi Scheme” (Inside The Fed’s Secret Pile Of Trash With Ratigan, Spitzer & Toure

    Marvin Barth Says QE2 Won’t Fix `Underlying Problems’

    9 Reasons Why Quantitative Easing Is Bad For The U.S. Economy

    Quantitative Easing Explained

  • Mike

    This is easily explained by the fact that the private sector must show a profit while the government can obviously operate at a tremendous loss and just demand more from the lumpen.

  • A. Magnus

    @ Gary2, you wouldn’t need minimum wage laws if the private banking cartel called the Federal Reserve didn’t consistently dilute the value of the dollar in order to facilitate runaway government spending and empire building. A 1oz silver dollar bought 5 gallons of gas in the early 1960s; an ounce of silver @ $27 a pop today still buys 5 gallons of gas. And not a single minimum wage increase has EVER kept up with the real pace of monetary inflation. So as far as I’m concerned, minimum wage laws are a red herring.

  • Randy

    I have to take issue with item #10. Three years ago I left federal service for a small farming operation. I was making $108,000 per year, which does not go that far in D.C. Also, I supervised private sector contracts that made more than I did, in one case I had a guy on my watch team that was being paid $150,000 per year. In D.C. contractors are getting rich off the government, not GS-14s.

  • Texas Muscle

    Get out your guns folks, they are coming for them soon.

  • mondobeyondo

    “We have met the enemy, and he is us” – Pogo

    We The People are the only solution out of this Mess. Unfortunately most of the People have morphed into Sheeple, and bleat and baa about how bad things are, instead of finding solutions to what ails us.

    If we are really sincere, the few of the People who are still left, can solve this. It’s not entirely hopeless. The U.S. has (had??) always been about invention and innovation.

    Where are the Thomas Edisons and Wright Brothers out there? Where are you, Henry Ford?

  • Ben

    To fix the issues at hand won’t be a welcome road to travel but it is quite easy to manage.

    1. Shut down our borders TIGHT with as much military as we can muster.
    2. ZERO foreign trade without an import tariff that makes American made products competitive with their foreign counterpart.
    3. Identify, capture and deport as many illegal immigrants as humanly possible.
    4. Repeal the NAFTA and deny ANY imports from countries that do not have an equal or greater minimum wage.
    5. Throw political correctness out the window and answer the tough questions that are causing trouble.

    These 5 things would turn this country’s economy around on a dime. Will they do it? Probably not. Most people won’t like that. Will it work? Most definitely.

  • http://iwmcbprofnasty.blogspot.com profnasty

    I consider the loss in equity of my house to be Wallstreet theft. These hooknose freaks are aided and abetted by their gubment employees, senators and congressmen. I will take any and all welfare, SSI, foodstamp, and anything else I can wrestle from these thieving dicks. The people of the US support Republican scum politicians. Those same people can send me checks. You owe me round about $100k. Send ‘em to BR549.

  • Ming

    The FDA, EPA, OSHA etc. are not “bureaucracy and a gigantic pile of ridiculous regulations”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=318515515322&v=app_2373072738 AgreeToDisagree

    America needs to learn some socialist/utopian values. OK start with land distribution.

    If every American was given 10 hectares of land (from all those UNUSED RESERVES of wilderness that US has) to feed himself and his family by, there would be no homeless or hungry, or burden on the social system.

    Does America not belong to all it’s citizens? So that wealth and land all belongs to everyone does it not? Well give them a leg to stand on something to develop and feed themselves off by! So what is there is no electricity or tap water? Dig an outhouse and start collecting rain or settling near bodies of water! Don’t tell me Americans starve so pitifully – give them their birthright – distribute the arable land – what a STUPID government!

    If university degree holders were qualified to act as a college in imparting of skills to the next generation at 1 certificate level lower (Phds can grant Masters can grant Bachelors, Degree holders can grant Diplomas, Diploma holders grant Certificates *with* Universities only required when Phds are to be issued, the educational costs would not be so high that most people become uneducated or have no option to education.) The monopoly and profiteering of institutions is legendary and even Phd degree holders are made to feel they can’t impart knowledge. Well they indeed can and totally FOC.

    Want to see a surgeon by experience? Look back back 3-5 centuries where the apprentice system was all they had, and each ‘Doctor Phd’ could churn out up to 10-100 grads at ZERO cost as compared to Universityies which would have charged by virtue of being middlemen and granting of Patronage via a system of certifications/accreditations which mostly even degraded since 2-5 decades ago.

    Try my site as well for more ideas and observations on the state of the world and man’s soul and the invasive technology we think doesn’t exist.

    The wealth and lands of the world belong to all mankind, just remember that and apply it and run against any parliamentarians/political-candidates who think otherwise.

    Oh but also remember, to not overpopulate, 2.1 children is the maximum size of a family. Be responsible! Try the below site for some sustainable ideas :

    http://www.greenglobeideas.com/

  • Frank

    Who is the govt? It’s our neighbors or friends or relatives.. so why are our neighbors allowing us citizens to live in fear, why are they allowing poisonous foods and radiated fruits and vegetables on our dinner tables, are they afraid of losing their good paying govt. jobs? the higher ups have a lot of secrets.. we as a people must return to love thy neighbor and not live in fear of losing jobs, which is blackmail

  • jamesmmm

    The groups of people below will try to delegitimize US and try to stop US from finding out more truth or from speaking the truth about runaway government. Keep in mind that the people shown below are at various stages of recognition about the process and their hostility towards those of US who do speak this truth will vary tremendously. However, the great majority of people who are in any of the categories are learning more about what needs to be done to protect their positions and as such, will be at an ever-increasing stage of antagonism towards those who speak truth :

    1) city, state and federal government employees;
    2) pensioners/disabled (especially those faking disability);
    3) government contractors (most would be surprised who shows up in the category!);
    4) those people hoping to get jobs with government or a contractor;
    5) many people related to any of the above;
    6) others who live off government.

    Remember this will tend to quell dissent in major ways.

    One of the primary reasons that the above will try to stop US is financial: they’re largely invested in the system and determined to keep it going! (If the economy continues to worsen, look for these associations to form ever closer alliances for the purpose of protecting their shares of the pie! By the way, the worsening economy may also cause higher levels of desperation and since desperate people are easier to control, recruitment by these forces will be facilitated, and before you know it, a greater majority of people will be under their influence.)

    If you attempt to present these ideas to any of the parties mentioned above, be sure to do it gently: many participants know not what they do!

    If you are reading this note and you think (or know) we are referring to you, please be patient because one way or another, things will probably work out, it just may take some time (but there might be blood). But if the problems are so severe that Jesus has to save US, that’s something that requires a bit more thought on the part of those who put this system in motion and those who are perpetuating it!

    From the bewilderness—thanks for coming and thanks for reading this note! Peace and Love always.

    Thanks for all you do!

    PS: We don’t need to repeat that these types will support higher expenditures of the treasuries on themselves and their business associates (ie buddies, families) do we?

    PPS: As of March 19, 2009, most 401Ks and similar investments are down over 40%. What lengths do you suppose the average person who suffered a loss will go to in order to get that money back? In other words, since the parties named above are invested in the system to some extent, the only way to get them on our side is to convince them to divest, and since they’re already down 40% or more, they aren’t likely to do so. (BTW: some are 100% invested!)

    From the bewilderness- thanks for coming!

    James Mansfield

  • http://www.patriotfreedom.org Jim Kelly

    Democrats and Republicans still don’t get it…The American people continue to say it…Obama and
    the white house still do not grasp it. “Common Sense” is returning to the land. The people of
    America, the masses, are once again taking it upon themselves to do what “politicians” failed to do.
    The “People” are watering the Tree of Liberty, yes, that very tree planted in 1776 by Jefferson, Adams
    and the rest of the Founding Fathers of this great republic. That very Tree of Liberty, with roots so
    deep, that the current elected officials, and those in the white house have attempted to let the soil
    run dry. The American people will have none of it. WE SHALL WATER THAT TREE, day in, and day out, most
    of the time in opposition to federal government policies. We will water that tree against the ushering in of
    attempts to “legalize illegal immigration…We will Water that Tree against tax payer funded abortions, Against Sharia law,
    against U.N. Mandates, against socialized health care, against the federal reserve and their policies,
    against the gay and lesbian agendas, against Acorn and voter fraud, against voter intimidation and the lack of F.B.I.
    enforcements..against untruths in the mass media, against the Tokyo rose network of M.S.N.B.C.
    We WILL WATER THAT TREE OF LIBERTY, by speaking out for the Constitution, for the pledge of allegiance, for the unborn,
    for the Bill of Rights, for safe schools, for proper education, for the TRUTH.
    As Daniel Webster said: “Now fellow citizens,let us not retire from this occasion without a deep and
    solemn conviction of the duties which have developed upon us. This lovely land, this glorious liberty,
    these benign institutions,the dear purchase of our fathers, ARE OURS, ours to enjoy, ours to preserve, ours to transmit.
    Generations past and generations to come hold US RESPONSIBLE for this sacred trust. Our fathers from behind admonish
    us, with their ancient paternal voices. Posterity calls out to us, from the bosom of the future. The world itself,
    turns hither its solicitous eye, and conjure us to act wisely and faithfully in the relation we sustain.”

    We can never indeed pay the dept which is upon us, but by virtue, by morality, by religion, by the cultivation
    of every good principle and every good habit, we may hope to enjoy the blessing, through our day, and to leave
    it unimpaired to our children.
    So I ask you, fellow Patriots, fellow citizens, Help water this Tree of Liberty. Do not let Washington D.C.
    let the soil run dry as they are attempting to do. ‘Do Not submit to the measures of Washington. Do Not consent
    that we ourselves should be ground to powder, and our country and its rights trodden down in the dust. I know
    we do not mean to submit…WE SHALL NEVER SUBMIT” John Adams.
    Let us then bring before us the assembly which is about to decide questions so big about the fate of America.
    Let us, as Patriots, open their doors and look upon their deliberations. Let us, as Patriots, be resolved
    to let Washington hear are firm toned voices, and know, once and for all, that Common Sense is sweeping this
    Nation. That Common Sense is uniting this band of Patriots…THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. If necessary…Through truth we expose those who
    lied their way into office and power. Through law, they will be removed.

    The law of the land will be certain, if our Constitution be saved.
    Jim Kelly
    http://www.patriotfreedom.org

  • C. Smith

    While it is true that there are far too many gov’t pigs feeding at the trough, especially in Congress, it is unfair to give the impression that all federal workers are getting rich and living the dream.

    With the advent of the Homeland Security Dept., the federal workforce grew exponentially. Further, it grew primarily in the upper pay grades. Bureaucrats and “policy makers” who really ARE getting rich off the American people. But it’s not just DHS. It’s the VA, too.

    Doctors and RN’s are making well over $100K annually, while there is little to no opportunity for promotion between the GS-5 and GS-9 levels. Promotion means another dead-end job, while you wait another two or three years looking for something else in another part of the country. One at the lower pay grades must be very patient and willing to make expensive moves around the nation in order to move up.

    Living on GS-5 pay in Southern California is next to impossible. Crappy neighborhoods, no possibility of owning a home, sky-high rent and routinely being ignored for all your hard work and effort.

    The people at the top take care of their own. They are the ones being promoted and living well.

    So please don’t lump me in with them. Not all federal workers are the same, that’s for sure.

  • Ray

    The German army that murdered 6 million Jews and 7 million Christians were shop keepers, doctors, clerks, lawyers, small business owners, family men, mechanics, just your average neighbor. So now you might be able to figure out how easy it will be for our neighbors that have government jobs to get really nasty. It’s apparently pretty easy, just look at history.

  • olde reb

    The essence of tyranny is that the elite (with power) will live better than the oppressed. How did the elite with power obtain money ??? I suggest that having a printing press for creation of fiat money is a great start. For a mathematical analysis of how it happens, and will lead to inherent national bankruptcy, I offer:

    RIP-OFF BY THE FEDERAL RESERVE, http://www.scribd.com/doc/43482648/rip-off-by-the-FR;

    and also QE2–A RATIONAL COURSE OF ACTION–REALLY ?? , http://www.scribd.com/doc/43465593/QE2-Rational-Course-of-Action

  • Mike

    So the message I am getting from this is that strong union representation, like that which government workers enjoy, is good for middle class wage earners.

    Not sure if that is the message the author of this “piece” intended, though.

  • Anna

    You guys are fools,

    The global elite WANT to see America destroyed. We get in the way of the UN’s mission to democratize the world. Also, the whole point of the system is that it only rewards those who get the skills that the system needs to survive (with money).

    I wouldn’t count on anyone saving you.

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