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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Government workers under political fire

By Karen Tumulty and Ed O'Keefe

GRAPHIC: Is the grass greener for federal workers?

Here are two words you don't hear much lately: public servant.

More and more, when politicians talk about government employees - whether they are federal, state or local- it is with the kind of umbrage ordinarily aimed at Wall Street financiers and convenience store bandits.

"We can no longer live in a society where the public employees are the haves and the taxpayers who foot the bill are the have-nots," Wisconsin's incoming Republican Gov. Scott Walker declared this month, as he raised the idea of stripping state workers there of collective bargaining rights.

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By Karen Tumulty and Ed O'Keefe  | December 21, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Workplace Issues  
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