Saturday, March 27, 2010

Why Should You Want A Government Job?

The question is, why wouldn't you want a government job?

Government jobs PAY. On the state and federal level, the government pays its employees well, to speak nothing of generous pensions and health benefits. And the best part is you almost never get fired or downsized. You may have to join a union, but it's worth it. It's easy to squeeze an institution that has no bottom line.

While private pay and economic growth is stagnating, our state employee counterparts have secure, great paying jobs, at our expense.

Now, if I had my druthers, I'd cut huge thousands of jobs from the federal government. But I know I'll have to change a few more minds before we do that. So in the meantime, could we just bring government salaries more in line with their private sector counterparts?

Our leaders bemoan the bank bailouts, but too many government employees enjoy excess on the public dime. We can't afford it, and paying for it is choking our economy when it needs the most help. Even if we could reduce the deficit just a little, we should look at it.

But for now, government jobs remain a staple of American employment. Solid pay, good benefits. We should all be so lucky.

[WSJ and USAToday]

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