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Libs freak out over Obama’s meaningless spending freeze

Yesterday Obama proposed a two-year freeze on raises for federal employees, apparently in some sort of concession to the reality of the midterm elections. It’s little more than a symbolic gesture, as the American Spectator’s Philip Klein illustrates:

But hey, it’s a start. Maybe that’s why libs are protesting. As Don Surber puts it, “Liberals fight for the highest-paid employees.” He has a roundup of reaction from the leftosphere:

President Obama’s call not to give federal employees a cost-of-living raise for the next two years (they will continue to receive longevity — step — increases and bonuses) has set off the Lefty Bloggers like nothing since the 2000 Florida election.

From TPMDC: “The early reviews of President Obama’s plan to freeze federal worker pay are in — and it gets a resounding ‘F’ from just about everybody outside of GOP leadership. Michael Linden, a budget expert at the liberal Center for American Progress, said the plan is small potatoes that risks driving away valuable civil servants with little budgetary upside.”

Oh no, what will we do without our valuable civil servants?!? And:

From Steve Benen: “For all I know, this might poll well. The public in general may like the idea of freezing these workers’ pay, and the move will likely generate at least tepid praise from congressional Republicans. But it’s exceedingly annoying anyway, and I wish the White House wouldn’t do stuff like this.”

All the more reason to enjoy it. Don’s got more, and here’s one of his theories about why this upsets them so:

They do not like the freeze. They do not say why. They simply want federal employees to get more money, more money and more money.

One reason is that lefty bloggers serve a federal employee audience. Wonkette showed the Statue of Liberty crying. Yes, liberty is all about continuing COLA raises for people who already receive double the average pay and fringe wages of the American worker. The American Left today is so Establishment that it is scary.

Oh, and by the way:

GOP pushed pay freeze months ago

P.S. Ed Morrissey: Pay freeze the beginning of Clintonian triangulation strategy?

  • dandapani

    Cost of Living Raise? What’s that? I work in the private sector and had not had a raise in over two years. I’m lucky to still be employed. Sheesh. The President should roll back salaries to 2009 level when he took office.

  • libertyatstake

    Looking forward to the stories (with pictures) of the rioting crowds of pocket-protected, bespectacled, short-sleeved, waddling, bureau-weenies.

    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

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  • tom kinney

    Interesting points from both federal workers. Another point for many conservative members of public service unions is that they’re forced to pay union dues that support liberal candidates they don’t personally support.

    I’ve never figured out how that can be legal. Good comments, guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darrell-A-Huff/1842442989 Darrell A. Huff

    I’m a Federal employee and not a liberal. Most of the people that I work with are conservatives. We don’t find the pay freeze objectionable. What we do find objectionable is the continual bashing of Federal workers. I know that we are an easy target in bad economic times and that there are many government jobs that should be phased out or down-graded, but that doesn’t mean that we are liberal zombies who want bigger government. Most of us are loyal Americans who do our jobs to the best of our ability. Most career Feds joined Federal service to try to improve government and there was a time when we had more ability to make a difference. But, the political environment that has developed in the last 25 years has created a bloated bureaucratic labyrinth that needs to be fixed. Most Federal workers see the need for reform, but are powerless to do much about it. Most Federal workers are in the twilight of their careers, so now would be a good time to shrink government with a minimum of human suffering. Some of us work in job positions that should never have existed in the first place. But, we did not create the mess. Politicians deserve credit for that dubious honor. So, my plea to all of you non-Federal worker Americans is that you stop bashing us and focus your anger on the political elites who created big government and the the problems that go with it. Spend your energy on electing good representatives and leaders who will listen to the voters and reduce the size and intrusiveness of government. Time spent on bashing Federal workers like me is wasted and it doesn’t fix what’s wrong with America. We are not your enemies. The political elites are.

    • dougv

      I don’t know that conservatives are bashing Federal workers, any more that we bash teachers. We object to the union stranglehold, and the (perceived) excessive pensions and benefits that Federal (and often, state and local) employees receive. I appreciate your service and attitude, and I wish I could believe that “most career Feds joined Federal service to try to improve government.” I think conservative’s anger is focused on political elites and big government policies.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Darrell-A-Huff/1842442989 Darrell A. Huff

        Federal workers pay into a pension system all of their lives with a promise that they will get a return on their investment, when they retire. Personally, I don’t know what contracts private sector companies make with their employees, but we pay about 8% of our gross and typically receive between 30-45 percent of the average of our final 3 years of salary as an annuity. It is not free and many never live to collect any of the money that is contributed. We also pay for our health insurance. I pay about $400 per month and still have to pay ever-increasing deductible and co-pay amounts, before any health insurance benefits kick in. I’m not saying that our benefits are lacking, but they do not come to us as a gift. We don’t receive anything close to the 100+ percent horror story pensions that have been reported for some state government workers. Of course, our retirement system is better than social security, but our system was always designed to be a retirement system rather than a bloated public assistance program that was intended to be abused by politicians. When we accepted a Federal job, our retirement system and health benefits package was part of the contract made with us when we signed on. Furthermore, in good economic times, I certainly saw no evidence of Americans stampeding into government jobs. Most of them seemed to be much happier with equivalent higher paying (YES…I said higher paying) jobs that were available in the private sector. Now that the chips are down, many of my fellow conservatives seemed to be astonished that we are paid so much. Many of these same conservatives lobbied heavily to have a larger number of Federal jobs privatized. In fact, almost all of the lower paying government jobs have indeed been privatized. That said, we do have some people in government that are lazy and still remain employed. That simply means that the rest of us have to pick up the slack. We would be overjoyed with reforms that would make it easier to rid ourselves of these slackers. Nevertheless, most Federal workers do their jobs, put up with political nonsense and red tape, and struggle each day to find meaning in their personal lives. Like I said, we are not the enemy. We love this country and want it to succeed. We know that government needs to be revamped, so that future success can be achieved, but we are not in control of the government reins. Until Americans realize that the key to future success is exercising their constitutional right to vote for better politicians and allowing reforms to out-of-control government entitlement programs, nothing will change. Federal workers want what most American want. They want change that will reduce the intrusiveness of government at all levels. They want their children and grandchildren to grow up in a world where debt will not crush their dreams.

        • The_anniebanannie

          The “bashing” you talk about stems from anger at the attitude of Obama, other politicians and many federal employees that they know better than the citizenry and we’re supposed to put our private jobs aside and let the government take over. Union fat cats are shoving it down our throats every day. Aim your ire at them.

    • libertyatstake

      I’m sure this doesn’t apply to you, sir … but come back to me with this argument when it’s possible to fire a federal turkey.

      http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
      “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • The_anniebanannie

    It’s all kabuki theater.

  • jomo2009

    Lady Liberty weeping over civil servants’ pay freeze? Wonkette was better when the two gay guys owned it.

  • reluctantopt

    I’m a federal employee (active duty military and now civil service) and NOT a liberal, having voted for Republicans since I cast my first vote for Ford many years ago (much to the annoyance of my whole Southern family who voted for Carter – and I never let them forget it, either). I applaud the pay freeze, and in fact was hoping for one for at least five years, but I’ll take what I can get. Yes, it isn’t in my personal interest (everyone has one) and I have to admit I was conflicted for maybe a nano-second, but frankly the country needs this. It’s not enough obviously, but it’s a small step in the right direction.

    Also, there are a lot more conservatives who work for the government than you realize. We’re just forced to be discrete about it, much like conservatives in academia and the media, lest we have our lives made hellish by tolerant liberals.

  • rlynh

    RickCaird beat me to it. All these “valuable civil servants” have done everything they could to strangle the economy, and they think they could just take their ball and go home?

  • RickCaird

    “Michael Linden, a budget expert at the liberal Center for American Progress, said the plan is small potatoes that risks driving away valuable civil servants with little budgetary upside.”

    What a brilliant thought. We have 9.6% nominal unemployment and actual unemployment that is a lot higher. Where are these valuable public servants actually going to go? Lobbying firms? Or, must they, horror of horrors, leave DC to find a job?