I live in San Diego. The temperature may never drop below 60 here (random fact: it hasn’t snowed in San Diego since 1967), but guess what…IT’S FREEZING. No, I’m not talking about the temperature. The only thing frozen here is my salary.
If you read/watch/listen to the news, you’ve probably heard Obama has proposed the freezing of all federal employee’s pay for at least two years.
As a federal employee, I think this is absolutely is insane. We deserve to prosper and are entitled to annual pay raises! Heck, we’ve received them EVERY year for the last 22 years. We work for America and this raise is one small way you (the tax payers) can thank us.
Bwahaha….did I just piss a few of you off? Good. I love being facetious. In all honesty, I can’t say I’m surprised by Obama’s proposal. In fact, I’m shocked he didn’t do this two years ago.
I’ve worked for the Fed for three years now and have received a 2% raise at the beginning of each year. It’s been nice getting an extra $2,000 or so added on to my annual income, but I’m not stupid. I knew it had to come to an end at some point. And ya know what, I’m a-okay with Obama’s proposal.
While I think the freeze is a wise decision, I don’t like the way it is being marketed as a symbolic act of the government’s commitment to cut back spending and stabilize the economy. Let’s crunch the numbers.
The proposed freeze would save the tax payers approximately $5 billion over the next two years. The budget deficit stands at $1.3 trillion. This $5billion reduction (although it sounds like a lot of money) really only reduces the deficit by approximately 0.3%. That’s pathetic. If the government wants to convince the American people that they are willing to do what it takes to reduce the deficit, they better come up with something a little more buzz worthy.
Being a federal employee, during the recession, hasn’t been easy. A lot of people are pissed off at the government and they transfer that anger towards me. Look I get it, you think federal employees are overpaid. Stop whining to me about it. I don’t set the federal employee benefit plans and pay schedules. You’re complaining to the wrong guy. You wouldn’t walk up to a bank teller at Bank Of America and yell at her for all the shady things the BoA corporate big-wigs have done, would you? So why do you chastise me for something I have no control over?
Hopefully I’m one federal employee you won’t get frustrated with. I will gladly take my salary freeze 🙂
I know I can’t be the only person to have an employer related cutback as a result of the slow economy. How have you been affected? Lost any benefits? Laid off, fired, etc? Mandatory furlough days? Do you hate me because I work for The Man?