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

Anonymous4442 Wrote: Dec 14, 2012 1:14 PM
A slight problem here...as a consumer, I might want or prefer a burger (and am willing to pay for it) from one of these low paid burger flippers whereas there isn't much that government (with all of its highly educated bureaucrats) has that I want to pay for. Outside of entitlements, is there any service provided by Uncle Sam that is in high demand?

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...