People Who Live Outside of Washington, DC Have No Idea: The Completely Corrupt Mentality of the Federal Worker Class

People who live in Denver or Kansas City or Minneapolis, or some other city where people actually do something other than take federally approved improvement classes to raise their federal pay grade, might have some inkling of how entitled our Washington, DC federal workers behave, but I’m telling you—you still have no idea.

I live just outside of DC, and for all the dysfunction we see exhibited by the famous people in the District on the news, the corruption and abuse of the taxpayer at the hands of the immense federal bureaucracy in the shadows is at least as bad. It’s probably even worse. The most incumbent party machine congressman is more accountable than the federal workforce, which has absolutely no check on it and grows and grows with each year.

Word is, 2012 is the worst holiday shopping season since 2008, yet for Washington, DC there is no recession. The malls here are filled to the brim with shoppers. With 3 of the 5 wealthiest counties in the US surrounding the capital, that’s not surprising.

The money that flows into the DC suburbs is guaranteed by the government. It always comes. No one gets fired. Everyone gets a nice fat pension at retirement. —All funded by you folks in Amarillo, Memphis, and Walla Walla, who likely don’t have any of these luxuries.

If you have any friends in the Washington DC area ask them if they’ve ever heard of incompetent workers (at an agency) not being fired but instead told to sit at a desk somewhere and read a book or surf the internet until retirement. Everyone in Washington has a version of this story. The reason? It happens all the time.

Again, the federal worker’s relaxing afternoon is paid for by you, the American taxpayer.

And, it’s not like these folks are paid a pittance for their supremely stable employment. There is a good chance, in fact, that these workers are paid more than you. On average federal employee total compensation runs over $120,000.

It used to be that one traded the steady employment of government work for a lower paycheck than was typical in the private sector. This is no longer the case, and hasn’t been for a long time.

And yet, with the off chance that something might, possibly, but probably won’t affect the federal workforce with the fiscal cliff looming, the beltway bandits are up in arms. Witness this oped in the local section of the Washington Post.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), in a telephone news conference last week organized by the 31-member Federal-Postal Coalition and in an interview Monday, spoke against legislation approved months ago that would effectively cut the pay of federal workers by making them pay more for their retirement benefits.

In May, the House, which is to say House Republicans, voted for a bill that would save the government $83 billion by requiring employees to pay an additional 5 percent of salary toward their annuities. No Democrats voted for that bill and 16 Republicans also opposed it.

“It amounts to a 5 percent pay cut,” Van Hollen said.

How many of you have seen a 5% cut in pay over the past 4 years? How many of you wish that it had only been 5%? But like I said there is no recession here, and why should federal workers feel any pain at all during an economic depression? That sort of thing is strictly for those out in the hinterlands.

This is one of the reasons why when people talk to me about the need for more taxes to fund the government I say that they are completely and totally wrong. We have plenty of fat to cut. Why take more money out of the productive sector to fund the non-productive sector?

Click here for the whole op-ed.

56 comments
John Hoverson
John Hoverson

So, if a nuke were dropped on DC would we eliminate 90% of the world's evil?

Sirvan Koosha
Sirvan Koosha

Did they say in that article also that 99.0 % are also bunch of corrupted politician? Just a curiosity?

Aaron Barr
Aaron Barr

I'm sorry, but I do not know where you get your averages from. But that is a lie. All that is necessary is a cursory examination of the GS schedule and the knowledge that the vast majority of Federal workers come in at GS-7 or below to know that is a lie. In my office which is one of the better paid agencies that I've seen due to the fact that we are virtually all professional accountants/auditors, the first level supervisor is a GS-13 and the 2nd level is GS-14. Not even GS-14s make the kind of money you are describing.

James Edgar
James Edgar

I assume you are not against having a national government which represents more than just you view?

Against Crony Capitalism
Against Crony Capitalism

James- you are the one drawing the conclusions here. The federal employees do very well versus the rest of the country. But the defense contractors make huge sums, it's the military industrial complex - which we write about all the time. But it's all pretty much the same problem. money taken from the rest of the country and aggregated in DC.

Against Crony Capitalism
Against Crony Capitalism

Average compensation for federal workers in 120K well above the average compensation for the private sector. And there are a ton of government employees. But the biggest money is with the lobbyists, defense contractors etc, who often go in and out of government.

Louis C Carl
Louis C Carl

The "contractors" providing hardware are doing so-so, but the ones lobbying for the "contractors" are breaking the bank. - The whole procurement system rots, it truly is "crony capitalism"

Louis C Carl
Louis C Carl

Agreed - but - the people lobbying you, directly and indirectly, as well as "contractors" - oh wow!

Louis C Carl
Louis C Carl

Federal workers well paid but even the best of them just barely crack the upper middle class. - The real money is in the lobbying industries and to a lesser degree the think tanks.

Aaron Barr
Aaron Barr

Absolutely ridiculous! I read this and I can tell you without reservation there is no way the wage charts on there are accurate. The only way to make the kind of money they are insinuating government workers make is to work your way up through the ranks of us "regular joe" government workers and join what's referred to as the SES (Senior Executive Service) once you hit that level, that would be equivalent to CEO, COO, CFO and Senior VP of a private corporation. The reason the highest paid people live around DC is all the money flowing to LOBBYISTS not government workers, although I will say the highest percentage of the SES employees are located around DC. Why? That is where most of the Federal agencies are headquartered. Imagine the HQ of 200 companies all employing 5,000 or more people all located in a 20 mile radius, and you'll have another explanation of why there are so many highly paid people around the D.C. metro area. I won't begin to defend the SIZE of government, but I will be the first to tell you that our pay is NOT on par with the private sector. I am an auditor for the government. I audit Defense contractors to ensure they are not overbilling the government for services. I audited a company that was in charge of building a billion dollar building in the DC area for the DoD. This was their first and only government contract. This company is otherwise a commercial entity. Trust me, I would trade my salary in for one of theirs any day. I was amazed at what these people in the private sector were getting paid! If you work for the government you will never become wealthy, but if you work there long enough, you can lock-in middle class status. I'm still trying to come to terms with that, because as a child my dream was always to become independently wealthy. I guess it's just another American dream crushed.

Joe Ivey
Joe Ivey

This is an area of EVIL that needs to go. AS an American Patriot it is your duty to be in DC on Nov, 19.

James Edgar
James Edgar

A little more research - and less preconceived conclusions - would show that the rich ones in those counties are DEFENSE contractors. Thanks to Bush/Cheney and all of the wars, plus Reagan's contracting out schemes, neo-cronies have gotten wealthy.

Marceline Richardson
Marceline Richardson

Same ole' story-- you scratch my back and I'll scratch your's. All for me and none for you!!!

Harold Greenhalgh
Harold Greenhalgh

Waaa waaa waaa...............What do you propose to do??? Burn the house down because the roof leaks???

John Brooks Murray
John Brooks Murray

Unacceptable by any standards, but petty theft when compared to the corruption of the International Bank of Settlements and the US Federal Reserve and American Banksters.

Ron McGaha
Ron McGaha

The article intimates that the wealth concentrated around the Capital is due to Federal workers but fails to mention the thousands of high paid lobbiests that live in the area that are the bulk of the top wealthiest 1% living there.

Aidan Haggerty
Aidan Haggerty

Maryland is essential an apartment state for the federal government.

Justin Ofrancia
Justin Ofrancia

And they still want more of your hard earned dollars.

Lonnie Fowler
Lonnie Fowler

Surprisingly not shocking, although infuriating. I would also love to see the geographical disbursement of the remaining 56%.

Jerry Ware
Jerry Ware

I guess Occupy Wall Street should rename themselves.

Mich Col
Mich Col

does everyone one know that reid lives on the top floor a penthouse suite of the carlton ritz on the tax payer dime!!! i wonder how much we are as tax payers are paying for that!!!

Mich Col
Mich Col

they all need to go!! just give me 1% of their salary!!

Wayne88
Wayne88

I would love to see some of you mouse jockeys carry mail.

BetsyWetzig
BetsyWetzig

Thank you for the information.  So very clearly said..

peppfer p
peppfer p

My daughter is in college and I told her if she wants to be wealthy to seek work as a federal employee upon graduation.

Lewis E. Waters
Lewis E. Waters

the congress should be debating what willl be cut from the budget in open public session and voting on record...Its all about taxes but nothing about spending...

Connor Hall
Connor Hall

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion- when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing- when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors- when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you-when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice-you may know that your society is doomed. ~Ayn Rand 43% of the "top 1%" live around Washington DC.

Curtis Owens
Curtis Owens

only way to get that money is to move there and treat them. wine them dine them and hope they give you some.

AltRightNews
AltRightNews

Excellent description of a very serious problem that most people avoid discussing. If federal workers were held to the same standards as private ones, there would be at least 50% fewer of them, making about half the pay. Their output would be expected to remain what it is today.

Greg Signore
Greg Signore

The taxpayers teat will never run out of milk.

Aidan Haggerty
Aidan Haggerty

Munching away while the rest of the country suffers...

BlacknTexas
BlacknTexas

@Aaron Barr  So, how much are you ponying up for your health and retirement benefits?

BlacknTexas
BlacknTexas

@Aaron Barr The hourly wages paid to civilian contractors are at a rate set by the Federal government.  I'm a former Service Manager for a commercial electronics company.  When we get Federal contracts we are required to pay all employees who work on that project a set salary.  Which is always at least 100% above the normal hourly rate.  So those bloated wages you see are the direct result of Federal mandates.  And of course they still have to copay into their health and retirement benefits.  How about you?  Which is what the chart is displaying.  you get a salary plus free health and retirement benefits.  Not only that, while the tax payers foot the bill for the civilian contractors only for the duration of the project, we keep paying for you long after you retire. Which is costing the tax payer an average of $120K plus.  Where exactly do you think your retirement salary comes from?  As the number of federal employees increase, so does the upfront and long term costs extracted from the tax payer.

NickSorrentino
NickSorrentino

@Wayne88 I actually think the Post Office does a pretty good job. I am amazed that I can send a letter from my house to California. Seriously. And you guys aren't on the govt pay-scale anyway which kind of stinks for you guys.  No beef here with the PO.

Wayne88
Wayne88

@peppfer p I worked for the USPS for 25 years as a letter carrier.  I don't remember any relaxing afternoons.  Your daughter should be prepared to be overworked in an understaffed job.  I don't know what you think wealthy is, but I worked six days a week, many over sixty hours a week.

Wayne88
Wayne88

@Connor Hall Ayn Rand said that?  I would never repeat what Ayn Rand said.