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The Bureaucrats: Once Servants, Now Masters
The Woodward Report ^ | July 16, 2010 | Jack Curtis

Posted on 07/16/2010 3:40:23 PM PDT by antiobamacare

Once upon a time, government paid less than the private sector. Security was the goal, a reliable income and a small but reliable pension. The work wasn’t hard; there were generous vacations and many holidays. A conservative breed mindful of the taxpayer’s dollar, the bureaucrats functioned in plain, comfortable quarters and retired earlier than elsewhere. Government work was considered a service; workers were servants of the taxpayers. Unions were forbidden; their goals were seen as conflicting with the goal of service to citizens. In 1962, it all changed; President Kennedy signed a new law providing union access to Federal workers.

Columnists have been writing about the change and the Obama administration, per a March, 2010 Federal Times article by Stephen Losey, is concerned:

  The Obama administration’s personnel chief has assigned a task force to come up with ‘ironclad’ data showing that feds do not earn far more than their   private-sector counterparts.

A recent study from the Center for State and Local Government Excellence (K. Bender & J. Heywood) duly concluded that government workers are paid less than private sector folk as the White House requested; that was accomplished by attributing higher education and job requirements to government work and by failing to compare government pensions to private sector 401k’s. With the amount of clerical and “by the book” government work even at higher echelons, the first point seems questionable; equating risky and much smaller private 401k retirement with governments’ fixed and generous by comparison pensions seems merely silly in this era of commonplace $100,000 plus pensions for retired school, police and fire administrators. Neither point appears to refute the government’s own data in the tables above.

The bureaucracy’s pay was a reaction to the unions’ services delivering large scale help and funds to Democrats...

(Excerpt) Read more at thewoodwardreport.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: bureaucrats; congress; democrats; teaparty

1 posted on 07/16/2010 3:40:25 PM PDT by antiobamacare
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To: antiobamacare

“public servant” is now an oxymoron.


2 posted on 07/16/2010 3:48:27 PM PDT by ken21 (who runs the gop?)
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To: antiobamacare

That 1962 law has to be one of the first we repeal if/and when Conservatives regain power.


3 posted on 07/16/2010 4:25:47 PM PDT by nomad
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To: antiobamacare
Three steps in the evolution of a bureaucracy:

1) The bureaucracy exists to serve the citizens.
2) The bureaucracy exists to serve itself.
3) The citizens exist to serve the bureaucracy.

4 posted on 07/16/2010 4:31:39 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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