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How Members Of Congress And Federal Employees Are Living The High Life At Our Expense
The American Dream ^ | 10-19-2011

Posted on 10/19/2011 4:38:04 PM PDT by blam

10 Mind Blowing Facts Which Show How Members Of Congress And Federal Employees Are Living The High Life At Our Expense

October 19,2011

If you were asked to guess, what area of the United States would you say has the highest average income? New York City? Los Angeles? Silicon Valley? Well, would you believe that it is actually the Washington D.C. area? Median household income in the region is $84,523, which is the highest in the nation. One of the biggest reasons for this are the huge salaries being pulled down by federal employees in the Washington D.C. area. According to the latest numbers, the average federal employee in the D.C. area brings in total compensation worth more than $126,000 a year. Of course members of Congress are even doing far better than that.
Most of the members of Congress are millionaires, and somehow the vast majority of our politicians leave Washington D.C. far wealthier than when they arrived. So if you want to live the high life, you might want to move to the Washington D.C. area. Our "representatives" in Congress and the bureaucrats that work for the federal government are swimming in cash, and it is all at our expense.

Before you read the following facts, keep in mind that median household income in the United States has declined for three years in a row. While the bureaucrats in D.C. are living the high life, most of the rest of us are going through some really hard times.

Today, median household income in the United States is about $50,000 a year, and in most families both parents have to work or the bills will not get paid.

So it just does not seem right that the "average" federal worker in the Washington D.C. area is hauling down more than $126,000 a year in total compensation.

After all, are they not supposed to be "public servants"?

Instead, it feels like we are serving them. They get to drive around in their shiny new cars and they get to enjoy their shiny new McMansions in the D.C. suburbs while the rest of us pay for it.

Trust me, I have seen the beautiful suburbs in Maryland and in northern Virginia that seem to go on forever, and it is the U.S. taxpayers that are footing the bill. Spending by the federal government accounts for approximately one third of the GDP of the entire region.

According to the Washington Post, the Washington D.C. area has become a great place for those that enjoy "living the dream"....

Washingtonians now enjoy the highest median household income of any metropolitan area in the country, and five of the top 10 jurisdictions in America — Loudoun, Howard and Fairfax counties, and Falls Church and Fairfax City — are here, census data shows.

The signs of that wealth are on display all over, from the string of luxury boutiques such as Gucci and Tory Burch opening at Tysons Galleria to the $15 cocktails served over artisanal ice at the W Hotel in the District to the ever-larger houses rising off River Road in Potomac. All of this wealth did not get created because the D.C. area is a great center for industry or finance.

Rather, all of these people are becoming very wealthy because of our big, fat bloated federal government.

The following are 10 mind blowing facts which show how members of Congress and federal employees are living the high life at our expense....

#1 When you total up all compensation (including health care and benefits), the average income for a federal worker in the Washington D.C. area last year was $126,369.

#2 In 2005, 7420 federal workers were making $150,000 or more per year. In 2010, a whopping 82,034 federal workers were making $150,000 or more per year. That is more than a tenfold increase in just five years.

#3 In 2005, the U.S. Department of Defense had just nine civilians earning $170,000 or more. When Barack Obama took office, the U.S. Department of Defense had 214 civilians earning $170,000 or more. In June 2010, the U.S. Department of Defense had 994 civilians earning $170,000 or more.

#4 Last year, federal employees "earned" approximately 447 billion dollars in total compensation.

#5 According to a study by the Heritage Foundation, federal workers earn 30 to 40 percent more money on average than their counterparts in the private sector.

#6 Today, one out of every 12 people living in Washington D.C. is a lawyer. In New York City, only one out of every 123 residents is a lawyer.

#7 More than 50 percent of the members of the U.S. Congress are millionaires.

#8 The median wealth of a U.S. Senator in 2009 was 2.38 million dollars.

#9 Insider trading is perfectly legal for members of the U.S. Congress - and they refuse to pass a law that would change that.

#10 The percentage of millionaires in Congress is more than 50 times higher than the percentage of millionaires in the general population.

Meanwhile, most of the rest of America has been going through economic hell....

-The standard of living in the United States has fallen farther over the past three years than at any other time that has ever been recorded in U.S. history.

-According to the Federal Reserve, the combined net worth of American families has fallen by $5.5 trillion since 2007.

-Half of all American workers now earn $505 or less per week.

-According to Paul Osterman, a professor of economics at MIT, approximately 20 percent of all employed Americans are making $10.65 an hour or less.

While the average American family is deeply struggling to pay the mortgage and put food on the table, the bureaucrats in Washington D.C. are busy shopping for the latest cell phones and trying to figure out what brand of new car to buy next year.

Over the past couple of decades, the federal government has absolutely exploded in size, but this has not helped the poor. We now have more poor people in this country than ever before and over 2 million additional Americans slipped into poverty last year.

No, the reality is that the people that have reaped the rewards of a much larger federal government are the lawyers, the lobbyists and the bureaucrats.

This is the kind of thing that the American people should be protesting. Almost everybody in Congress is rich. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are living the high life. The lawyers, the lobbyists and the bureaucrats are having a field day.

Meanwhile, most of the rest of the country is deeply suffering.

It just doesn't seem right, does it?


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agenda21; buildingofficials; congress; corruption; debt; federalemployees; federaltolocal; firepersons; local; planners; police; teachers; washington; washingtondc

1 posted on 10/19/2011 4:38:12 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
somehow the vast majority of our politicians leave Washington D.C. far wealthier than when they arrived.

I've always thought this and often wished some organization would investigate and report. Certainly won't be the MSM.

2 posted on 10/19/2011 4:44:04 PM PDT by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: blam

So what? It’s not like any one can or will do anything about our corrupt government


3 posted on 10/19/2011 4:44:16 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: blam

WOW! Now who would have thought that.


4 posted on 10/19/2011 4:47:35 PM PDT by newfrpr04 (If Rino is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: paul51

The “people” can...

53% of them won’t.. but.. ya know. I can dream.


5 posted on 10/19/2011 4:51:01 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: blam
There is an epidemic of Public employees looting the taxpayer.

Nationwide we are paying fealty and bowing in adoration to our public employees as they demand, each year, a larger share of the taxpayer wallet!

For instance, here in San Jose, CA our public employees have the most generous pay and benefits package, probably compared to anywhere.

At least that is the way it feels after looking at the numbers:

We employ approximately 945 people in the Fire Department

Of those employees there are 675 Firemen, that’s firemen, who earn in excess of $100,000 per year.

The city and that should really read “The Taxpayer” pays for their Medical / Dental to the tune of about $14,287 Dollarino’s!
The taxpayer further kicks in another $30,000 to $60,000 for their retirement package.

So let’s take a fire fighter who earns only $125,000(approx) and add in the Medical/Dental of about $14,287(which comes out of the tax payers wallet) and add in the taxpayer contribution to their retirement of say $37,000.

That fire fighter actually makes:

$125,000 (Salary approx)
$14,287 (Medical/Dental)
$37,000 (retirement)
$176,287 per year! Total compensation

Oh! And he gets something called “Other Cash Compensation” of around $14,000 bringing his real wage to $190,287! Per Year!

So let’s take a fire fighter who earns only $150,000(approx) and add in the Medical/Dental of about $14,287(which comes out of the tax payers wallet) and add in the taxpayer contribution to their retirement of say $37,000.

That fire fighter actually makes:
$150,000 (Salary approx)
$14,287 (Medical/Dental)
$40,000 (retirement)
$204,287 per year! Total compensation

Oh! And he gets something called “Other Cash Compensation” of around $14,000 bringing his real wage to $249,287! Per Year!

Look at those figures again.

There are approximately 945 employees in the Fire Department and of those 675 have a total compensation of at least $176,287 per year! That’s at least 2/3rds of their department making easily more than 3 times what the average citizen makes here in San Jose.

Firefighters, on average, earn more than twice the median income of a typical San Jose resident ($66,000 approx.)

By the way, those 675 firefighters earn more than our Mayor!

Now let’s look at the San Jose Police Department

We employ approximately 2,010 people in the Police Department

Of those employees there are 1,215 Policemen, that’s Policemen, who earn in excess of $100,000 per year.

The city and that should really read “The Taxpayer” pays for their Medical / Dental to the tune of about $14,287 Dollarino’s!
The taxpayer further kicks in another $30,000 to $40,000 for their retirement package.

So let’s take a Police Officer who earns only $125,000(approx) and add in the Medical/Dental of about $14,287(which comes out of the tax payers wallet) and add in the taxpayer contribution to their retirement of say $37,000.

That Police Officer actually makes:
$125,000 (Salary approx)
$14,287 (Medical/Dental)
$37,000 (retirement)
$176,287 per year! Total compensation

Oh! And he gets something called “Other Cash Compensation” of around $14,000 bringing his real wage to $190,287! Per Year!

So let’s take a Police Officer who earns only $150,000(approx) and add in the Medical/Dental of about $14,287(which comes out of the tax payers wallet) and add in the taxpayer contribution to their retirement of say $37,000.

That Police Officer actually makes:
$150,000 (Salary approx)
$14,287 (Medical/Dental)
$40,000 (retirement)
$204,287 per year! Total compensation

Oh! And he gets something called “Other Cash Compensation” of around $14,000 bringing his real wage to $249,287! Per Year!

Look at those figures again.

There are approximately 2,010 employees in the Police Department and of those 1,215 have a total compensation of at least $176,287 per year! That’s at least 2/3rds of their department making easily more than 3 times what the average citizen makes here in San Jose.(That number holds true if you factor in 225 jobs are most likely part time and earn less than $10,000 per year such as “Cross Guards, radio dispatch, etc. even they get some sort of “Other Cash Compensation”.

Police Officers, on average, earn more than twice the median income of a typical San Jose resident($66,000 approx.)

Oh! And did I mention that 1,215 Police Officers earn more than our Mayor!


So for Public Safety we have some 1,890 employees earning at least 3 times more than the average citizen of San Jose and even more than our terrific Mayor, Chuck Reed!




Heck, we even have Librarians earning more than $100k per year with one who makes a fabulous $223K!

And check this out. We kick in the following for her grand salary:

Sick and Vacation Payouts *** Other Cash Compensation Deferred Compensation City Paid City Paid Medical / Dental City Paid Retirement Contribution
$12,420 $4,200 $0 $6,246 $52,681 $75,547


That means she actually made some $298,000(approx) Last Year!

A Fr ic kin Librarian? Really?


If I look at jobs such as Air Conditioning Mechanic or Network Engineer their wages are typical of a private sector job except for their benefits package, which they would never earn in a private job.

And dang if a Street Sweeper doesn’t earn some $85,000 in total compensation.

How in the heck is this fair?

Don’t forget, if you retire from the Police/Fire Department you are paid 90% of your 3 highest earning years.

All you do is put in a tremendous amount of overtime your last three years, bringing your total earnings to about $200,000 and you can retire with $180,000 per year for the rest of your life! Oh and you get to keep your Gold Plated Mecical/Dental plan Grati and you can buy good and services all around the country for less than your private sector neighbors can.

Ain’t it great!

Makes me think I should have gone on to become a LEO and I could retire in just a couple of years, print some business cards and hand them out at parties when people ask me what I do for a living.

Who in the private sector can retire at 50 years old with a $180k a year guaranteed check and then pretend to be in business or have that for a safety net if you actually do something?
 
Think about this:
If an Officer or Fireman retires at the age of 50 he can be expected to live til at least 70 if not 80 years old and beyond.  At that rate for 20 years of retirement the taxpayer will hand the retiree some $2,000,000 for 20 years of retirement and over $3.5 million for 30 years of retirement!
 
Doesn't that strike anyone as just plain unfair and outrageous!?
 
And get this, due to collective bargaining all other departments have similar retirement packages.
 
Now multiply those numbers time the current amount of retirees and then start adding more retirees every year and the numbers are astounding!
 
We simply cannot continue to pay government workers, at all levels, these lucrative retirement packages and nearly free Medical services.


And don’t any of you get cute about the whole thing. I personally know off the top of my head 10 former LEO who have some weird business, supposedly and they are only a few years older than me.

Wanna confirm my numbers above? Well then click thee to this website, the City of San Jose 2010 Employees Salaries:
http://www.sanjoseca.gov/salary/Default.aspx
 
At some point it comes down to this:
 
How much more will the taxpayer continue to put up with the evergrowing pressure on their finances to support an over compensated public employee and still be expected to finance their lavish retirement packages?

6 posted on 10/19/2011 4:56:28 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: blam

Throughout all of history those on the “inside” always looted the treasury just before the government/empire collapsed. Nothing new to see here. Just move on peasant.


7 posted on 10/19/2011 4:58:47 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Vendome

And just who was President when a lot of this tremendous inflation in federal employee wages and benefits occurred? None other than the “compassionate conservative” GW Bush. His Defense Secretary, Rumsfeld, specifically had a list of DoD civilians who could fly first class at taxpayer expense. How many private sector employees do you know who can do this?


8 posted on 10/19/2011 5:03:48 PM PDT by laconic
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To: Don Corleone

The scary thing is that 10 years ago, had a foreign army invaded our shores, I would have grabbed my trusty Remington 700 and gone sniping. I would have gladly risked my life to fight for flag and country.

Today, I would sit it out. Really, I mean it. I will not risk anything for this corrupt government. By the way, the foreign invaders are already here. They speak Mexican and Chinese. I see you’re sitting it out, too.


9 posted on 10/19/2011 5:13:33 PM PDT by henkster (Socialists and liberals all want jobs; they just don't want to work.)
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To: blam
EDITORIAL: The Imperial District--Washington, D.C., fiddles while America burns
10 posted on 10/19/2011 5:15:17 PM PDT by blam
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To: henkster

You failed to mention the other invader....the ones building mosques all over the country.


11 posted on 10/19/2011 5:23:18 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: blam

bkmk


12 posted on 10/19/2011 5:32:10 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: laconic

You don’t know what you are talking about it. You have any links to support your wild claims? I happen to know that government salaries have risen more under the democrats and Obama than during the Bush years. Yes...President Bush increased alot of benefits for our military and soldiers.....not state unionized SEIU cops and firefighters, who should be paid by the states only! I have no problem paying our soldiers at war bigger salaries and benefits! Perhaps our cops,teachers and firefighters should offer up some of their salaries for our military?? (eye roll)

I am sick of cops,firefighters and teachers being some kind of protected class! If that sounds terrible...I don’t care. Sick of all these government folks greed...especially those down on Wall Street and across the country protesting the people who pay their damn greedy salaries!!!

There...I said it!

End rant...LOL!


13 posted on 10/19/2011 5:42:40 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: penelopesire

I’m not talking about the military or local government employees. I’m talking about civilian federal employee compensation and bennies; Bush, Sr. made federal/private “pay comparability” a policy of his disastrous administration; there really is no comparability because people actually get fired in the private sector. There is not the near-total assurance of a job as there is in the federal G. The article shows the tremendous increase in high paid employees since 2005; please tell me just WHO was President from 2005 to 2009?


15 posted on 10/19/2011 5:53:52 PM PDT by laconic
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To: blam
...somehow the vast majority of our politicians leave Washington D.C. far wealthier than when they arrived...

Wish a reporter would look into this...

16 posted on 10/19/2011 6:02:04 PM PDT by GOPJ (OWS - a scam to shift blame for unemployment and misery away from Obama..)
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To: laconic

If you read the statistics..most of the increases have happened under Obama and the democrat controlled congress.

Just who was controlling the House of Representatives from January 2007 to January 2011? The democrats!

Just who was and will be controlling the Senate From January 2007 to January 2013? The Democrats.

Just who was in the WH from January 2009 to Now?

OBAMA!


17 posted on 10/19/2011 6:04:06 PM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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To: blam

Mandarins.


18 posted on 10/19/2011 6:04:34 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: henkster

>The scary thing is that 10 years ago, had a foreign army invaded our shores, I would have grabbed my trusty Remington 700 and gone sniping. I would have gladly risked my life to fight for flag and country.
>
>Today, I would sit it out. Really, I mean it. I will not risk anything for this corrupt government. By the way, the foreign invaders are already here. They speak Mexican and Chinese. I see you’re sitting it out, too.

I hear you; the problem is `legitimacy,` if you’ll allow me to use the word. It is that, as a society, we have really been conditioned (IMO by the courts most of all) that to do anything outside government approval is illegitimate. {In fact, consider how many times you’ve heard “that’s up to interpretation” by legal-types regarding something that is clear and well-defined.}

Consider what would happen if I went into a county courthouse in NM open-carrying... I’d be arrested, right? But what if I told you that the NM Constitution prohibits counties & municipalities from regulating “,in any way, an incident of the right to keep and bear arms”? What if I also told you that there is no actual state-law against it?

The standard answer is not “well, obviously the government’s wrong to do that” but more of a “why would you want to do such a thing!?” {Never mind that the USSC has ruled, repeatedly, that the police have no affirmative obligation to protect a private citizen; and, as such, to disarm you is to both prevent you from having the [greatest] ability to defend yourself AND deny any responsibility for your own well-being.}

That all said, there are some interesting ways that we can fight back on both fronts:
Using State against Fed — http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2698298/posts
Using Fed against State — http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2711585/posts
Using Grand Jury against the Judiciary — http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2761352/posts


19 posted on 10/19/2011 7:27:54 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: cableguymn

All the citizens in the country won’t be able to clean up the corrupt cesspool in Washington without a raid on the place and a public hanging of some politicians.


20 posted on 10/19/2011 8:11:05 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: blam

Sean Hannity was talking about these bassturds on his radio show today. So much for “public service.” It’s now a how to get well off scheme. Get yourself a fed job.


21 posted on 10/19/2011 8:16:35 PM PDT by takenoprisoner (Constitutional Conservatism is Americanism.)
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To: laconic

GW is one of those enigmas.

Yuh wanna hate him for much he did but, there was a lot he did we are grateful for.

Still, spending our loot for stoopid social programs and extravagant perks was unbelievable.


22 posted on 10/19/2011 8:25:12 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: penelopesire
I am sick of cops,firefighters and teachers being some kind of protected class!

Read up on the Praetorian Guard or the Janissaries and their demands for more and more money and power and compare to the modern situation.

23 posted on 10/20/2011 5:51:55 AM PDT by garbanzo (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine)
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To: garbanzo

Will do..thanks for the tip.


24 posted on 10/20/2011 6:00:38 AM PDT by penelopesire (TIME FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR!)
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