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Canceling pay raises is a start, but we need actual budget cuts to survive

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Canceling pay raises is a start but we need actual budget cuts to survive

With so much crammed into our bloated federal budgets, it’s not surprising to see President Trump make the call to cancel pay raises for federal employees. It’s a good start, but nowhere near what is required to bring the astronomical spending in DC in line with where it needs to be.

At least something is being done to prevent spending increases.

Trump cancels pay raises for federal employees

https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/30/politics/trump-cancels-federal-employee-pay-raises/index.htmlIn a letter to House and Senate leaders, Trump said the pay increase would amount to $25 billion, which he described as “inappropriate.”

“We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” the President wrote.

He stressed the change wouldn’t affect the federal government’s ability to attract qualified workers, and wrote the government would focus on “recruiting, retaining and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets.”

My Take

Unlike many on both sides of the aisle, I’m not one who believes most federal employees are generally overpaid. There are examples of them being paid both more and less than their private counterparts, so it’s hard to say if the allure of the “cush” federal job is fact or fiction.

What’s definitely a fact is there are way too many federal employees. Ironically, most agencies and departments complain about being understaffed, yet examples of tremendous waste are seen through ever hallway of every federal building in America.

There’s a reason utilizing private contractors and American companies to accomplish government goals is invariably more successful than bringing these tasks under the wings of direct government employees. From the ownership and management levels down to the entry-level employees, a private business is more likely to handle jobs with more care. There’s more at stake and less chance that things will fall through the bureaucratic cracks when private industry is driving the various government buses.

We will save money, cut budgets, and get more out of every tax dollar spent by reducing the number of federal employees. In some cases, that can even mean getting rid of entire agencies and departments. If we don’t do it soon, the print-and-pay money scheme in DC will turn us into Venezuela.

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