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Americans feel federal workers overpaid (Video)

By Ed O'Keefe

Most Americans think federal workers are overpaid have generally negative opinions of them, according to a new Washington Post poll.

The Federal Eye shared the results on Monday's "Fox 5 Morning News," noting that opinions of feds are better among Americans who've had contact with them in the last year.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 18, 2010; 11:24 AM ET
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Ed:

It does not look to me that you have any other story to write about aside from this nonsense about federal workers being over paid. I would say that you are over paid for beating the same horse to death. One conservative ideologue at Heritage Foundation conducted an unscientific and partisan study and since then you have been repeating the same story over and over. I do not know whose bidding you are doing but you disrespect many hardworking federal workers who sacrifice every day to serve the American people by these ludicrous stories about feds being over paid almost every other week.

For example, can you in all honesty compare the salaries of federal SESs with executives in the private industry? You see, people make choices in life. While other people made the choices to go and work in the private industry and were getting stock options that made them rich on top of the hefty salaries and lucrative 401ks; others decided because of their love for public service to weather the storm. It was just a few years ago that federal workers' wages were often denigrated as too low and many were leaving the federal service to take positions in the private sector. Now that the tide has turned and the greedy CEOs have stolen all the millions of dollars and retirement funds, the risk that was taken with the stock options have fallen flat and the federal workers salaries are decent that you and your conservative friends woke up to see that federal workers are over paid.

If you do not have any positive stories to write about the federal service, you can become a crime beat reporter or sports writer. There are always stories in those areas to write about.

And one more thing, have you taken time to report on the salaries of those members of Congress who have been so vehement in their degrading federal workers' salaries? Why don't you go and write about their close to $200000 a year for grandstanding and maintaining needless horde of staff. This is besides all the emoluments that they enjoy. But they are always ready to scapegoat the federal workers. The federal service bashing that began with Mr. Ronald Reagan continues till today. Why is it that it is only when the Republicans are out of power and they cannot find any other thing to fan the ember of fear that bashing the federal workers and the big size of the federal government talk and noise will begin? Where were they during the Bush Administration when the size of government skyrocketted? What about what they did with the surplus inheritted from the Clinton Administration?

We say ENOUGH and STOP the disrespect. Federal workers are apolitical. Stop dragging them into the slimy pit of politics. Federal service is about loyalty and service to whatever administration that is in power on behalf of the American people which entrusted that administration with with power of governing; regardless of their party affiliation. That is why they are called career civil servants!

Posted by: midas20874 | October 18, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Just tell me how come Fed.Workers are getting a cost of living increase in 2011? None for SS but ok for Feds. Just thing how they will vote but also thing how SS recepients will vote.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou331 | October 19, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

midas--EXCELLENT post. I've been wanting to say this for days. I'm tired of the one-sided reporting.

I joined the Federal Service in 19883 and promptly left to join the private sector after 9 months. Why? Because the federal salaries were low compared to the private sector. I took a gamble and joined private industry and got pretty great raises every year and was making great money. We *always* did better than our civil servant counterparts.

Several years ago I made the choice to go back to the Feds. Not for money but because I had come to a point in my career where I wanted some say in the way the work went, some say in policy making. I wanted to make a difference--something I could not do as a contractor. I have been in the civil service almost 3 years and have never regretted my move. I have never worked so hard as I have in the last 2.5 years but it has been invigorating and a great learning process. In some cases I make more than my contractor counterparts and in many cases I make a lot less.

What irritates the heck out of me is the sore losers and whiners on the private side. For all of these years, they (including me) took that private sector gamble and rode the wave of fabulous pay, profits, and bonuses. Now that the economy has turned around, now that private companies and losing money and cutting everything, they feel the need to bring everyone down with them. I didn't see ANYONE in the private sector (including myself) try to bring up the feds pay when things were going well. Nope. It's a bunch of sour grapes and it's very childish.

Posted by: christineva | October 19, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

If you want to see a video about what really goes on in federal government offices, take a look at http://BudgetJustified.com . The people who worked in these offices had MS and PhDs in engineering & math, made 6 figure salaries. And this is how they spent their time. I was one of them and I refuse to waste my time & taxpayer $ on this anymore.

Posted by: LisaSchaefer | October 22, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

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