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Shed a Tear for those Under-Appreciated Bureaucrats Who Get Lavish Pensions and Live in $700K Homes

Lonestarman Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 3:00 PM
Again, townhall paints with an incredibly broad brush. Some of your opinion piece writers could pass for congressmen with their "one size fits all" comments. Look, once again you have to draw the distinction between highly educated feds and other feds. Highly educated feds, according to the nonpartisan CBO, is dramatically underpaid. By that, I mean the ones holding doctorate and professional degrees. Everyone else in the federal government is paid more on average. See: http://www.motherjones.com/files/images/blog_federal_private_comp_cbo.jpg The pay inequity between level PhD level feds (and those with professional degrees) and their far more highly paid private sector counterparts is appalling.
alopekos teumesios Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 3:41 PM
Lonestarman,

You obviously haven't been looking too closely at the private sector in the last few years. The glut of job seekers with advanced degrees, exacerbated by the government's H1B Visa program has driven down salaries of highly educated people, including engineers and scientists. Many people are underemployed in business. My company hires people with advanced degrees as hourly laboratory technicians because they are available and will take any job after graduating.
Corbett_ Wrote: Mar 02, 2013 9:40 PM
Yes, but these are people right out of school. I'll bet you don't hire people with a decade or more experience as hourly lab techs. And there is a very good chance that your company pays its hourly techs more than the government pays its people with years of experience.

When I first read this story in the Washington Post about supposedly under-appreciated federal bureaucrats, I was tempted to focus on the sentence referring to “the sledgehammer of budget cuts scheduled to hit today.”

Is the Washington Post so biased and/or clueless that reporters really think that a 1.2 percent reduction in overall spending for the current fiscal year (which means the federal budget would still be larger than...