A new database compiled by The Asbury Park Press via a Freedom of Information Act request, reveals that federal workers, many of whom are nothing short of parasites, in the United States government are raking in $billions in salaries and $millions in bonuses on top of that while the private sector suffers through the worst economic meltdown since the great depression.
Of course, the U.S. government is by far the largest employer in America. The taxpayers shelled out more than $105 billion in salaries last year for most of the federal civilian workforce, and bonuses totaling another $439 million.
It’s no secret today that government parasites in general now receive higher pay and much better job security and fringe benefits than their private sector equivalents – a clear cut case of the parasite commanding more nutrients than the host.
The average salary for New Jersey's federal employees was $83,749 last year and numerous senior executives among the government parasite class are sucking up six-figure annual salaries.
Infamous suspended GSA administrator, Jeff Neely, the current poster boy for federal government parasite activity, culminating in the Las Vegas convention scandal, for example, was enjoying $172,000 per year in annual salary on top of the fabulous travel, entertainment, and other outrageously expensive perks which eventually contributed to his demise.
Some of these parasites have been receiving annual bonuses in the tens of thousands of dollars range on top of their generous salaries. The top annual bonus dished out to a fat parasite in the Department of Agriculture was $62,895. Some of the biggest parasite bonuses were doled out to the lucky recipients from a special presidential award program.
Now an Obama administration spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget, is saying that they’ve "eliminated bonuses for all political appointees," and have also "directed agencies to adopt more rigorous personnel management processes, and set a cap to reduce spending on awards for career staff, saving taxpayers an estimated $200 million this year alone."
While some of these bonuses and pay raises are being handed out on the basis of merit, the "vast majority" are automatic, "just for sitting in their seat," says James Sherk, senior policy analyst with the conservative Heritage Foundation. "They could be playing solitaire all day and still get the same pay increase as the best and most productive workers."
It’s about time some of these obese parasites went on a strict diet. It used to be in this country that a civil servant government employee was not paid at the same level as his private sector counterpart. The idea was that the civil servant traded better pay for better job security. After all, they weren’t exposed to the risks of the free market like private sector employees. They could count on keeping their jobs through thick and thin.
Those times are long gone. Now the civil servant has become a parasite enjoying both higher pay and better fringe benefits while doing less work and contributing nothing to the health of the free markets.
The United States of America would prosper once again if only federal, state, and local governments were reduced to a proper fraction of what they have become today. These excesses in governments are responsible for all the financial problems plaguing the people. They suck up valuable resources while contributing next to nothing in return. Then they scream bloody murder when a fed up host renounces his citizenship in order to escape the parasites.
It’s time to eliminate the great American bonuses for parasites program.