Ed Feulner

In the real world, workers are paid based on their abilities and competition helps hold salaries down. It’s a delicate balance maintained by the free market. When it comes to the government, though, there’s no such competition.

Most federal employees earn raises based simply on time served rather than results achieved. In positions common to both public and private sectors, federal workers receive benefits about a third higher than those of their private-sector counterparts.

Simply by bringing federal compensation in line with market rates, Congress would save taxpayers approximately $47 billion a year.

Finally, lawmakers should avoid tax increases. To raise taxes during a recession is a recipe for crippling economic growth and job creation. Lawmakers will need to act before year’s end to lock in tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003. Restraining the tax burden to its current level is the least Congress should do.

The federal government has grown exponentially, not just in spending but in its reach. Government now intrudes into virtually every aspect of our daily lives, from the type of toilet we can purchase, to the mix of fuel we can put in our cars, to the kind of light bulb we can use.

The United States needs ideas, and it needs solutions. Conservatives have provided both. It’s up to voters to make certain our leaders listen.

Ed Feulner

Dr. Edwin Feulner is Founder of The Heritage Foundation, a Townhall.com Gold Partner, and co-author of Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today .
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