Don’t penalize government employees for wealthy’s tax cut
Sadly Mr. Beeksma has it all wrong about the Trump canceled federal employee pay raise.
First, I don’t know where he got his statistic. I could not duplicate them in an Internet search. But most importantly, he is comparing apples and oranges.
To just compare the broad private sector to government wages is totally wrong. The private sector includes many levels of jobs many of which are low paying low skill non-professional jobs. For the most part any of these types of jobs needed in the federal government are contracted out and are not part of the base calculations for federal pay.
Further, the federal workforce consists of many high skill positions such as physicians, scientists, engineers and others with high levels of education requirements. Comparing this workforce composition to the general population is simply illogical and wrong.
I worked for the federal government for over 30 years and also private industry. In my experience, the federal employees were generally more skilled, more conscientious and more dedicated to their work. Most people don’t have a clue how important a quality dedicated government workforce is to their well-being and daily life.
It is simply wrong to penalize the government employees to help offset this president’s multi-billion dollar tax cut for corporate America and the very wealthy. Good news is the Trump folks probably lost about two million votes.
John Gordon, Princeville