Government I Have One Word for You--PARITY

What I propose is a class-action suit on behalf of taxpayers to declare unconstitutional any benefit, wage or protection for government workers that is more than the national average of taxpayers in the private sector.

Parity: the state or condition of being the same in power, value, rank, etc.; equality

OK I am not usually one who rants, but there are some issues as a taxpayer that really chap my hide. I apologize ahead of time for the trouble I will be causing just to expose this particularly infuriating issue and to all my civil service friends who are really not happy with the current system either. The wonderful people at Hubpages have given me a forum so hold on to your hats:

First some questions. Have you ever wondered why you don't get certain holidays off (and paid for) but every government employee whose salary you underwrite with your taxes does?

Technically there are no national holidays because the Constitution only allows Congress to make holidays for itself and, you guessed it, government employees. Currently, there are eleven U.S. Federal holidays, most of which are also state holidays. Every federal employee gets eleven and even every part-time federal employee gets eleven. How many paid, days off holidays do you have?

Government workers also get more paid time off than many other employees. All federal employees receive 13 days of sick leave a year, which accrue indefinitely, according to the DOL. They also earn 13 vacation days each of their first three years of service, 20 vacation days for their next 12 years, and 26 vacation days after their 15th year.

Now let's count that up: 11 paid holidays, 13 paid "sick" days (and you get paid whether you are sick or not,) 13 vacation days (20 after three years,) and more days for paid "leave." That makes 37 to 45 average paid days off per year that you, the overworked taxpayer are earning so the government employee can take it off and spend your money.

Do you get 37 paid days off every year?

And the benefits don't stop at retirement. Those hired after Jan. 1, 1984 can participate in the three-tiered Federal Retirement System.

Have you ever wondered why your employer either can't afford or won't pay for your family's health insurance, but every government employee you subsidize does get coverage?

Unlike most private employees, federal workers can choose from several health plans and life insurance options, according to the Department of Labor's "Career Guide to Industries." The government also helps pick up the tab on the premiums.

Have you ever wondered why your wages have stayed the same or gone down while your taxes make it possible for government employees in the identical job to be paid more and have built in cost of living increases.

Economist
Government average: $89,441
Nationwide average: $80,900

Microbiologist:
Government average: $80,798
Nationwide average: $63,360

Architect
Government average: $80,777
Nationwide average: $68,560

Accountant
Government average: $74,907
Nationwide average: $58,020

Librarian
Government average: $74,630
Nationwide average: $49,110

Nurse
Government average: $60,935
Nationwide average: $56,880

Medical Technician
Government average: $35,526
Nationwide average: $33,170

Have you ever wondered how you have to worry about keeping your job while taxpayer paid dues for government unions (Nationally, local, state and government workers made up 51.5 percent of union members in 2009.~Bureau of Labor Statistics) allow them to strike and shut down your paid for government services and lobby your other taxpayer funded group--Congress, into guarantees and safeguards that you, the taxpayer cannot have?

I have to take a break here and let myself and all you readers calm down. I do not want to be responsible for veins popping out on necks and righteous indignation caused heart palpitations or heaven forbid, actual seizures. Just breathe deep and count to ten....one...two...That's it, feeling better? Dare I go on? Seriously if this is too much for you right now, it's ok to stop and read one of my humor hubs until you are ready to come back. I'll wait for you.

Back so soon? Ok I guess you can take it so here goes.

What I propose is a class-action suit on behalf of taxpayers to declare unconstitutional any benefit, wage or protection for government workers that is more than the national average of taxpayers in the private sector.

I'm not asking for socialism or redistributing of wealth--all I'm saying is that there be parity in jobs our taxes create so that the government does not add insult to injury.

I'm not asking for the government to reimburse us for the difference, I just want it to stop making us pay for our public servants to have pay and benefits we do not have. If the crazy inequality stops, maybe we can have enough to invest in the economy and then we can all have better pay and benefits.

Can I get a witness?


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drbj profile image

drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

In a world that is "fair," Winsome, we would have parity.

But until then, guess I'll just have to look for a job ... working for the government.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

I think government employees including congressmen should have the same insurance, holidays and everything else that the rest of us live with in out daily lives. Good hub.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Amen Sister Pamela! Now we're talking. And let's hear it for those kickbacks and under the table deals and special privileges. Come on now...Can I hear a "That's right!" =:)


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I actually do think wealth should be redistributed. It seems to make people foolish. People call me a smart *$$ all the time! Thanks for the hub!


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Lol, I hear that Micky. Well let's put one up for a little old fashioned sharing. Our Brother Micky could use 40 or so paid days off this year...any Congressional brothers or sisters out there feeling generous? =:)


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JBeadle 6 years ago from Midwest

Another nice informative hub Winsome! You remind me of Ed Schultz sometimes. Glad I've been on the Winsome bus since its departure! Sorry I've been away for awhile. Some down times but things are picking up again! I have some catch up Winsome reading to do. Pretty easy work there.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

So glad to have my first hub buddy back.

Ed Schultz, eh, you mean the guy who played football for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers? I have never heard him, being from the West and all but I hear he turned liberal progressive during the Bush administration. Anyone who has seen Micky Dee's new Driving Drunk hub would understand how that could happen. He probably was a conservative Republican under Reagan and Clinton didn't do anything to change that for him, but the combination of the Bush years and marrying someone who worked with people on the streets changed his politics.

I think the whole country has been suffering from broken promises by every leader and party and we are all hoping the next one will be different. The thing is, the system is broken and our leaders can't be different until we realize the government "of the people, by the people and for the people" is the only one that works.

Now that we have the internet, it is only a matter of time until the sleeping giant that is America awakens and common sense will replace demagoguery (leadership that gets power by appealing to the emotions and prejudices of the populace.)

My goal is to appeal to the goodness, sense of fairness and character that made this country great. Contrary to what most politicians and pundits think, I believe the public knows the difference between sense and nonsense when they hear it.

Can I get a witness?


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

as always an excellent hub, answered your question BTW... great goals as well goodness and fairness are things to be admired.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

"as always"--you are so kind Rebecca. This little rant is just the tip of the iceberg. I really really do want to awaken the sleeping giant and see that great, wonderful gentle giant flex its muscles and bring America back to the people who love it and died for it.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

winsome-- sounds like a plan, best of luck-- PS go to my profile (hit my name on this comment) and then go to the things below my name and hit "ask a question"

PPS-- this is whatI mean by interacting, going back and forth between comments.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

You're absolutely right. Now the question is, how do we make this absolutely clear to our elected officials something needs to change? And if they didn't hear the loud cries we had AGAINST the health care bill they decided to pass anyway, what makes us think for a second they'll try and hear anything else we have to say about things?

Sorry. I know I sound bitter. Maybe it'll wear off in November. Maybe.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

You are so right and I appreciate the research you've done.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Springboard, thanks for you vote. You know a little righteous indignation never hurt anyone. The key is to let it work for you. The beauty of the internet is that shared convictions multiply quickly. I'd love to see a staged "Flex Your Public Muscle" demonstration spread through the internet where we pick one little harmless thing and see how widespread we can make it. If that works we can see if pressure on Congress will also. =:)

Sheila B, thank you for stopping by and for your gracious comment. There's more of us than you think.


i scribble 6 years ago

I have worked for state govt. off and on. Sure, it has some nice benefits, like the holidays and health care. But gov. employees don't necessarily make more money than their private sector counterparts; often its the opposite. And you don't get cost of living increases in a bad economy. It's a trade-off, trading less money/career opportunities for better benefits and job security.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thank you for commenting i scribble, I had a similar conversation with a professor at a restaurant. He agreed that there should be parity but mentioned the upside is not as open as the private sector...to which I replied (and I mean this with great respect for what you do--my own dad was in civil service all his life, first as a fireman and then as a jet inspector for the air force) you can always take advantage of the private sector at any time and compete for any position according to your ability.

We taxpayers who fund the better benefits and job security you mention just want a choice to do so as well as have as many benefits instead of being forced into it by unions and politicians who owe their existence to our taxes.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

winsome-- your hub is now up. I hope you like it. I tried my best.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

And what a job you did! Thank you so much Rebecca. You are such a sweetheart and we all are a little bit more professional and successful because of your wonderful tips and wisdom.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Seems to me like private employers should do a little catching up with the government. People used to have pensions and holidays and plenty of vacation. Suddenly, that's all over. The funny thing is, when I first saw this title, I thought it said, I Have One Word for You - PARTY! Yeah! Party! Only, from what you say, they already are.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Ha ha Dolores. So that's how to get more readers here--PARTY! I'm glad you stopped by anyway--I think this is the quickest way to balance the budget and kick the economy up a notch. Who knows there might be enough for all of us to turn on the music and party down. =:)


KD 6 years ago

Why does a Federal Employee have to be made to sound like a loser. We get Federal Holidays becasue we work for the Federal Government. We also have to pay for our 401K, medical, Dental insurance. And some of us have to go in at 4:45 and work overtime....and guess what overtime money gets taxed more. Maybe not every company has the amount of leave that a Government employee accrues but we still have to accrue leave just like everyone else. And guess what we still have to pay taxes too!!! 13 Sick Days a year and you have to save it up just like everyone else who works. If you want to Bitch about benefits how about looking up Boeings Benefits...they are a Government Contractor.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Thanks for the comment KD. I appreciate all the work that federal employees do and the fact that taxes are paid by all. You said you get federal holidays (that private taxpayers don't get) because you work for the federal government--the one of, by and for the people--well the people want the same benefits and it just seems weird that the company the people created (the government) gives itself what the people who created and funded it can't.


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OpinionDuck 6 years ago

Winsome

I just came across this hub, Great.

KD really took liberties with playing the innocent worker. Government employees for example get a defined benefits package, and not a 401K. These benefits are guaranteed by the government regardless of the economy. We the taxpayers pick up the difference.

Yes, government workers are taxpayers but they are also sharing in benefits that only a few in the private sector can even imagine.


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hey OD, thank you for the kind words. Not everyone understands what is wrong with the picture. It is like your children locking you out of your house and you can't go in any more but you still have to cash your paycheck pay all the bills and push the cash that's left through the mail slot. You tell them (through the slot) that it seems unfair to which they answer but you are an adult and you can do more things than they can. =:)

Thanks for stopping by.


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

The only problem is that those workers are more likely to have their jobs taken away from them from government budget cuts. It's not really fair on either side. Our taxes stay the same or more, then cuts happen and people lose their jobs. In other words, the economy sucks more than a vacuum cleaner during spring cleaning.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

Hi Phoebe, thanks for the read and your comment. I like your last line--very funny. What is not funny is that government jobs have actually grown. Consider this quote and the url where you can see the graph follows:

"This chart by Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow Veronique de Rugy illustrates the trends in public and private employment since the start of the recession. Government employment has increased by 590,000 while the private sector has lost nearly 8 million jobs since the start of the Great Recession. Since the passage of the Recovery Act, these trends have continued: the private sector has lost an additional 2.7 million jobs, or 2.5% of total private employment, while state and federal governments have continued to grow, adding an additional 400,000 jobs."

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/library/chart-g...


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Not the jobs we need though, I know many people who are out of the job because the government "cut funding" for them and increased it else where.


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Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas Author

You are so right Phoebe, I would like the government "of the people" to be "by" and "for" the people again. Why can't we choose what positions we want filled and not big brother's vested interests? Thanks for the thoughtful comments. =:)


getting by 4 years ago

great writing.all for it. also stop giving congress 150,000 a year for the rest of their live after only working for 2 terms 4 years of service

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