C&L's Top 50 Videos Of 2011: #40 Romney Whines That Federal Employees Make More Money Than He Does

6 years ago by David

Oh yes, this one is a doozy. In Mr. One Percent's zeal to make himself look like he's in the other ninety-nine percent, Mitt Romney forgets he has a net worth of over $250 million. Seriously.

"We have to cut back on the scale of the federal government," Romney declared. "And for me that will start by reducing federal employees by 10 percent. You do that through attrition."

"And then something else that is just as important, and that's to make sure the people who work for government don't get better pay and better benefits than people that work in the private sector."

He added: "The tax payers shouldn't have to have money taken out of their pay checks to pay people in government who are our servants who are making a lot more money than we are."

Technically, I suppose Mittens could claim this isn't a lie since he probably receives nothing in the form of regular salary and everything else as capital gains or passed-through dividends. It must be nice to be able to pretend like you know what it feels like to take home a paycheck.

One last thing. If Mitt Romney wants to make sure government workers don't receive better pay and benefits than the private sector, I suggest the private sector step up and quit gnawing little bits away from their employees' pay and benefits. Perhaps unions could be of assistance in that.

Competition, for the win. Free markets and all.


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