Swamp Times headline: tax reform hurts Federal employees

The evil Republicans have deliberately targeted Federal employees. Among the wealthiest of taxpayers, Federal swamp denizens often are situated in the highest tax bracket. But the new tax reform law reduces the top tax bracket less than the lower brackets. This is clearly discriminatory.

As proof that this targets the most deserving Federal employees, we will just cite this story from reliable CBS News proving that many Federal employees are in the top bracket. Click here. Below are some highlights, proving that Federal employees are exceedingly deserving.

  • The five richest counties in the United States border the Washington, D.C. area. The median family income exceeds $100,000.
  • 9 of the top 20 richest counties are in the D.C. area.

Another report proves that the most productive Federal employees have been unfairly targeted. Click here. Some of the key points from the linked report are below.

  • More than 30,000 of D.C.’s best earn more than any state governor.
  • According to the report, the number of federal employees making $200,000 or more increased by 165 percent between fiscal 2010 and 2016. Federal employees making $150,000 or more grew by 60 percent, with the number making more than $100,000 increasing by 37 percent in the same time period.
  • A total of 406,960 federal employees made six-figure incomes in fiscal 2016 – that’s roughly one in five federal employees.
  • There is a new ‘minimum wage’ for federal bureaucrats – at 78 departments and independent agencies, the average employee made $100,000 or more.

Further proof comes from a Wall Street Journal article by the wicked Kimberley Strassel (link here, alas, for subscribers only.) Her basic points are cited below. Study them carefully so you can refute her claims. The basic problem, she says, is:

a federal workforce whose pay and benefits are completely out of whack with the private sector. A 2011 American Enterprise Institute study  found federal employees receive wages 14% higher than what similar workers in the private sector earn. Factor in benefits and the compensation premium leaps to 61%.

These huge payouts are the result of automatic increases, bonuses, seniority rules and gold-plated pensions that are all but extinct in the private sector. The federal workforce is also shielded by rules that make it practically impossible to fire or discipline bad employees, to relocate talent, or to reassign duties. These protections embolden bureaucrats to violate rules. Why was Ms. Lerner allowed to retire with full benefits? Because denying them would have cost far more—and required years of effort. It’s been nearly 40 years since the last civil-service overhaul.

Next time you hear the clamor to move most Federal departments out of the swamp of D.C. and distribute them among the states they are supposed to serve, you will know what to say.   

Troglo (L. H. Kevil)


Gun control? The debate and the true message

Mollie Hemingway, my favorite television commentator, on Fox News’s Special Report spoke with unusual simplicity and wisdom:

We’re pretending we’re having a debate about gun control, but we’re really having a debate about the nature of evil and whether a big enough government can contain it.

You can see her comments here at about 1:54 into the clip. Kudos to a  post by Andrew Klavan for highlighting her apercu. He follows up with truly touching reflections about evil in our fallen world. Well worth the little bit of time it would take to read and digest it.

A few thoughts come to mind regarding those who believe that for every evil there is a government solution, or at least a good government response. This leads to faith in a millenarian telos achievable by collective action, i.e. all powerful government. We saw the fruits of this in the horrors of the totalitarian states of the 20th century. To hold this faith amounts to belief that evil exists only by our collective inaction, thus denying the permanence of evil in the world. As individuals we can do little except support bigger government. If the remedy is collective and fails, we as individuals, pointing the finger at others,  can absolve ourselves and justify not acknowledging that the evil around us also exists in us.