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As I have been trying to ask the taxpayers to acknowledge the ridiculously high salaries of public employees, I remembered that President Nixon imposed a 90-day freeze on all wages and prices to help the economy recover.

With federal, state, county, local and school bureaucrats making more in salaries than some governors and U.S. congressmen, I truly believe that it is well past time to impose this wage and price freeze again for the taxpayers’ sake. There is absolutely no rational reason why these overpaid public employees continue to receive salary raises when these unneeded and undeserved raises must be paid by the taxpayers.

I view such unnecessary salary increases as taxation without representation, when only very, very few politicians get the only say in approving these ridiculously high salaries. These salaries must be frozen, and these very same taxes should be going toward repairing this country’s crumbling infrastructure and school buildings!

We, as the taxpayers – the payers of these ridiculously high salaries – need to band together to stop these constant salary increases!

Timothy Monroe Bledsoe

North Augusta, S.C.

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 08/10/12 - 02:24 am
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OK

I'm with you Timothy!

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/10/12 - 03:03 am
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Don't expect the current

Don't expect the current administrations support , Tax payer vs tax user class warfare isn't a fight they would get behind.

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jic 08/10/12 - 07:20 am
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There is no evidence (and you

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There is no evidence (and you site none) that federal salaries exceed national averages. The federal system prevents that. State salaries are a different matter altogether.

americafirst
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americafirst 08/10/12 - 07:26 am
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OMG, jic. Have you not read

OMG, jic. Have you not read the articles about the salaries and bonuses at the GSA?

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/10/12 - 07:53 am
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Absolutely, Mr. Bledsoe. The

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Absolutely, Mr. Bledsoe. The public employees in your state just received a 3 percent increase! A good number of those FT employees earn around $17,000 per year and have not received an increase of any sort for four years while increased costs of medical insurance have been passed on to them....not to mention the cost of gasoline just to get to work. You use an awfully wide brush to create and promote your scapegoat.

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Gary Ross 08/10/12 - 07:54 am
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More than just government

You forgot to mention the post office. I can recall 13 cent stamps, yet the level of service has not reflected the vast increase in cost since then. They are in financial trouble because of poor financial management (high salaries, bonuses, borrowing to purchase expencive equipment, etc.) Just like government, they want to maintain their level of extravagance by passing the buck on to the taxpayer.

However, just like millions of families and small businesses had to do, government should learn the lesson of being more conservative. I'd like to see them all take a 15% pay cut that never gets reimbursed, like I had to do.

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ultrarnr 08/10/12 - 08:06 am
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Get your facts right

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Get your facts right. Federal salaries have been frozen for two years. This is in effect a pay cut due to inflation.

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soapy_725 08/10/12 - 09:19 am
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Congress raises not frozen

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because they have to vote against a pay raise. Ergo they never vote themselves a raise. Good PR. Because their raises are automatic.

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Fiat_Lux 08/10/12 - 09:58 am
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Heck, I remember the 4 cent stamp

But back then, what came through the mail was mainly letters and bills. Those comprise a miniscule proportion of what the post office handles now, with all the advertising, worthless printed material and solicitations clogging the works.

If the post office made it a lot more expensive to send out the garbage mail, either the garbage would go away and the work load becomes manageable, or the money would come in that would keep the operation solvent.

How hard is that? Yeah, I know. Politically very hard.

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Riverman1 08/10/12 - 11:29 am
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Where there are people lined

Where there are people lined up for jobs, common sense tells me supply and demand dictates lower salaries.

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townsends 08/10/12 - 12:56 pm
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Where have you been?

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday announced a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers as he sought to address concerns over high annual deficits and appealed to Republicans to find a common approach to restoring the nation’s economic and fiscal health.

That was in November of 2010, our pay is still frozen.

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david jennings 08/10/12 - 01:19 pm
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Well, I guess Mr. Bledsoe

Well, I guess Mr. Bledsoe doesnt work for the government...

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/10/12 - 05:11 pm
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Anyone want to place any bets

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Anyone want to place any bets on whether Mr. Blodsoe will do some fact-finding before he shoots off another letter?

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rmwhitley 08/10/12 - 06:23 pm
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Those poor

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fed workers. My heart bleeds for them. They could have chosen to work in the private sector and earned an honest living. obama has chosen to feed the fed and starve the private sector.

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PrayN4U 08/10/12 - 07:22 pm
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I'm a Federal Worker and Haven't Had a Raised In Over Two Years

January 30, 2012, 6:36 pm 37 Comments
Federal Pay vs. Private Sector Compensation
By ANNIE LOWREY
Are federal workers really overpaid?

Public sector pay is a subject of long-simmering dispute — examined in previous posts on this blog. Many right-leaning organizations argue that federal workers make more than their private-sector counterparts and that the disparity is growing. Many left-leaning research groups and labor groups argue that the idea that Washington overpays workers is a myth, and that superficial disparities in compensation are due to public employees’ greater tendency to have advanced degrees and to be older.

Source: Congressional Budget OfficeLess-educated federal workers make a bit more than their private-sector counterparts and receive more generous benefits. Workers with a complete or incomplete college education or a master’s degree tend to make about the same amount, again with more generous benefits. But highly educated federal workers earn less than their peers in the private sector.

The Congressional Budget Office went further than some other studies in ensuring a comparison of apples to apples — controlling for a worker’s education, years of experience, occupation, neighborhood, age, sex, ethnicity and immigration status, among other characteristics.

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onlysane1left 08/10/12 - 08:26 pm
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I love the agreement to the

I love the agreement to the opinion of this writer. Do you all not realize you can't just freeze the workers at the top, without freezing the ones at the bottom? Do you really want to make policeman, teachers, and fireman face another looming hope of wage freezes, where they must work overtime to make any extra money. Do you really want burnout firemen and policemen on duty trying to protect you? Think about that before going after a select few whom you have a real beef with. If the elected official that is gaining all of these bonuses is up for election, go to the stumpa nd call him or her out on it, don't just write a letter to the newspaper to try and drum up support. Plus, don't make the real workers suffer over the actions of a few. There are a lot of federal, state and local public workers, who don't get bonuses, have to take pay freezes because the ones on top are basically stealing from them and do really good work for pay that doesn't match the crap they must face.

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palmetto1008 08/10/12 - 08:55 pm
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Thumbs up, onlysaneone.

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Thumbs up, onlysaneone.

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really noway 08/11/12 - 09:28 pm
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this is crazy, most gov state

this is crazy, most gov state and local and federal don't even make a living wage. Maybe I would agree we should stop letting the senators get free health care and a full retirement after only one term. Thats right after 4 years they get a salary worth 6 digits plus health care for life. If there is a gov employee that isn't worth a nickel look at the senate. My daughter works for the stae taking care of abused children and she makes less then 26,000 a year and has terrible health care which she pays for. Some people on tv want to make everyone believe these state and gov workers are getting a free ride but it isn't true, in most cases. We should be coming together trying to get everyone a living wage. That would boost our economy and no I'm not saying giving hand outs!

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