Even during a recession in which 1 in 10 Americans have lost their jobs and thousands join them every day, still the corrupt federal government continues to expand....
From USAToday -- The number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has exploded during the recession, according to a USA TODAY analysis of federal salary data.
Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession's first 18 months — and that's before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.
Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.
The highest-paid federal employees are doing best of all on salary increases. Defense Department civilian employees earning $150,000 or more increased from 1,868 in December 2007 to 10,100 in June 2009, the most recent figure available.
When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000.
The growth in six-figure salaries has pushed the average federal worker's pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector.
This is more evidence of how under democrats and feckless republicans alike, the behemoth federal bureaucracy keeps feeding itself while punishing the source of it's food.....the American taxpayer. What's worse, it's a one-way process. Once new jobs are created in the government, they are never deleted and those employees will never vote for a politician who's likely to cut their jobs out, so the size of government never shrinks. It only gets larger and larger and more cumbersome. Pretty soon a critical mass of citizens are on the government dole and they'll keep voting in smarmy politicians who'll keep giving them more and more money, and the government continues to grow until the country collapses under the sheer weight of taxation, regulation, fraud, waste, and abuse by unaccountable federal employees.