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New Evidence Confirms Federal Bureaucrats Don’t Work Very Hard, Paid Too Much

Anita2 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 7:09 PM
You are right. I worked for my local government for 16 years. I've seen most of what you are talking about. One thing in particular comes to mind. I was outside smoking on my break. The flag was being lowered to half mast because some one had died. I forgot who. It took 3 men to lower this flag. I walked over there and started talking to them. I asked them what they were doing. They told me they were lowering the flag. I said,"And it takes 3 of you to do this." I was told yes because one was lowering, one was watching in case it started to fall. If was starting to fall the 3rd man would catch it. I said well, why can't the man who is lowering by the rope pull on the rope if the flag starts to fall.?

My Cato Institute colleague, Chris Edwards, put together a remarkable (and depressing) chart showing that federal bureaucrats get almost twice the level of compensation as workers in the productive sector of the economy.

Defenders of the bureaucracy (including a federal pay panel dominated by bureaucrats) claim that government employees actually are underpaid because…well…just because.

My modest contribution to the debate was to put together a chart based on the Labor Department’s JOLTS data, which shows that bureaucrats are far less likely to voluntarily leave...