Opinion

Federal pay freeze: more things stay the same

Photo of Kathryn Ciano
Kathryn Ciano
Associate, Institute for Justice
  • See All Articles
  • Subscribe to RSS
  • Bio

      Kathryn Ciano

      Kathryn Ciano works for the Institute for Justice, which submitted a friend-of-the-court brief that was cited by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC.

Freezing federal paychecks is not a solution. It is barely a move at all, more like a weak first step designed to keep the ball firmly in the expansionists’ court. President Obama has added 141,000 permanent jobs to the federal government since he took office, with countless other temporary job programs designed to buoy public employment at the expense of the private sector.

Fixing the economy will require real change. Even yes-men willing to leverage the military in wartime (in the name of “fairness”) can see that freezing federal pay is a fluff move designed to deflect criticism.

Big Government operators, the ball is still in your court — now is a great time to make the kind of real change you promised.

Kathryn Ciano is the Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute.