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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Federal Work Force
More than 77,000 federal government employees throughout the country — including computer operators, more than 5,000 air traffic controllers, 22 librarians and one interior designer — earned more than the governors of the states in which they work.
Politicians love to cry crocodile tears about how hard it is to cut government spending. An amendment introduced Dec. 15 by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, would have saved more than $156 billion over five years without very much hardship.
The federal worker pay freeze President Obama announced last week was promoted as a move in the right direction toward deficit reduction. But weighed against the historic fiscal damage his administration has inflicted on the country, it's nothing more than a symbolic gesture.
Congress must rethink the entire way it spends money, including getting rid of massive multiagency spending bills and forcing lawmakers to cut a program any time they want to start a new one, House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Thursday.
A key member of Congress says federal workers should be paid more for using their bilingual skills at work, and he's introduced a bill to boost those folks' pay by 5 percent.
The era of big government has returned with a vengeance, in the form of the largest federal work force in modern history.
Members of the House of Representatives quietly gave their own staffers a potential bonus by making even their top-earning aides eligible for taxpayer dollars to repay their student loans.