Government Workers

Fox Pundits Carp About Government Contractors Being Paid Prevailing Wage
Fox's Greta Van Susteren and the Washington Examiner's Luke Rosiak are very upset that government workers are being paid the prevailing wage for their area as opposed to poverty wages. Read more...
Majority Report: Dave Dayen Explains Hidden Disaster In New Budget
The Majority Report's Sam Seder speaks to journalist Dave Dayen about the implications for federal workers due to the Ryan-Murray budget and how states like Illinois "are breaking contracts with workers and slashing pensions." Read more...
McConnell Dismisses Economic Damage From Shutdown By Calling It 'Paid Vacation Time For Federal Employees'
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the airways this Sunday to try to minimize the damage following the GOP government shutdown, pretend there was no economic damage done and write it all off as "paid vacation time for federal employees." Read more...
I'm not sure what speech the talking heads over at Fox were watching, but leave it to them to try to turn Michelle Obama's wonderful speech tonight at the 2012 Democratic National Convention into some sort of Socialist manifesto which is all about Read more...
In the wake of the debt-ceiling crisis he helped manufacture last summer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell boasted it was "a hostage that's worth ransoming" which "also is a new template" for the future. As it turns out, those threats were Read more...

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From the Wall Street Journal, columnist Justin Lahart takes a look at how state and local job losses drove up the unemployment rate. Let's remember that the states run by Republican governors insisted on paying for tax cuts by laying off Read more...
Rolling out his plan to cut the national debt last week, Mitt Romney promised to "align federal employee compensation with the public sector." If so, the roughly 2.8 million federal workers whose pay has been frozen by President Obama can Read more...
GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was out paying homage to the Koch brothers this Friday evening at an event hosted by their front group, Americans for Prosperity in Washington DC and I could not do a better job of summing this speech up if I tried, so I'll just refer everyone to this post by Stephen D. Foster Jr. at Addicting Info -- Mitt Romney Vows To Privatize Medicare, Raise The Retirement Age, And Fire Thousands Of Government Workers: Read more...
Katrina vanden Heuvel has a terrific op-ed out this week, calling for an end to the attacks and scapegoating we've seen of government employees, blaming them as being responsible for America's economic woes, and naturally that's exactly what we got Read more...
Here we go again. Whether it's bashing the long term unemployed as lazy, wanting to replace government workers with welfare recipients, calling for getting rid of Social Security, or comparing those who receive food stamps to crack cocaine addicts, Read more...