The leveling of America by Congressional desire
By James A. George, YankeeJimsAmerica, the American Political System
Being a global competitor means equal-pay-for-equal-work by a global standard where salaries are determined by adjusting the base line for international unfairness and reconciled with Americans intention to uphold a higher standard for the quality of life. Sounds complicated and it is.
Furthermore, government workers should be paid comparable to their private sector counterparts and with regard to all of the considerations above.
Since America is in the worst economic state since the Great Depression, it makes sense for Congress to put a lid on government payroll and salaries. Since government is a very large employer, doing this will have an effect on Wal-Mart, for instance.
Wal-Mart workers will likely feel the pinch when government workers buy less. Wal-Mart will have to reduce labor expense by laying off people and putting a lid on their salaries.
When this happens we have a depressed economy. So you see where this is all headed.
One out of six of us are in homes we cannot afford that are worth less than we paid for them. That is only getting worse too.
Republicans don’t want to tax the wealthy anymore, but they want to whip up on workers.
Means testing for Medicare may be alright, if our Congressional Representatives have the professional abilities to calculate that.
“Republicans want federal salary cuts and means-testing in Medicare and other programs to pay for extending the payroll tax cut, reports Scott Wong: "Having little taste for Democrats’ plan to hike taxes on the rich, Republicans on Wednesday offered a new way to pay for an extension to the payroll tax cut: Keep federal salaries -- even for lawmakers -- in their deep freeze. President Barack Obama instituted a two-year federal pay freeze that began Jan. 1. Republicans would like to extend the freeze for three more years and cut the federal workforce by 10 percent. They say this would save much of the $111 billion needed to keep the payroll tax cut in place through 2012. Republicans would then lump the pay freeze savings in with other offsets, including means testing that would require millionaires to pay higher Medicare premiums and make them ineligible for unemployment benefits and food stamps."
Via Ezra Klein, Wonkbook, the Washington Post