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Social Security Pay Vs. Federal Employee Pay

Updated on December 22, 2017

When I finally found a job with the U.S. Census bureau I contacted the Texas Workforce Commission and notified them that I was now employed. I submitted my final request for payment and indicated the amount of money that I had drawn for pay from my first week.

The TWC deducted what I earned for that week from the flat sum that they were paying me. Therefore, as I worked short the first week, TWC compensated me for the difference. For example: if I typically drew 400.00 a week from TWC and made 350.00 from the job, then TWC gave me 50.00. It did not matter that the TWC was giving me less than my skills are worth, or that the job I did get paid me 50% of my normal skills wage.

Now, onto Social Security: Retirement Social Security does the same thing. If an elderly person, or even a disabled person manages to get a part-time job in order to supplement their paltry sum from the United States government, the government deducts that amount earned from the individual's monthly stipend. Again, no matter if it is enough for the person to live on, the federal number crunchers just decide what a person is worth and that is all they allow them.

The point: Congressmen get paid out of taxes. Social Security and Unemployment Compensation are both paid by independent groups (people in their payroll, or employers) into supposedly protected coffers for distribution in a time of need. Why does the money that is distributed for a specific purpose to low-paid citizens get deducted when the people manage to find some way to supplement their life however the members of Congress and the President of the United States, who are paid by the citizens through general fund taxes do not also feel the deduction in their pay based on their external monetary assets?

To be fair to all citizens of the United States, the employees of the federal government who were not hired, but chosen by vote, should be under the same rules of deduction that the citizens who put the money into the pot are required to follow.

Again, for example: Congressman A makes a wage of roughly 170,000.00 a year. This same Congressman gets paid to speak at a university or other event, making say, 25,000.00 for that event. His regular pay of 170,000.00 should be reduced by that added income of 25,000.00. That would be the same thing that the government does to Grandma who is on a fixed income of 950.00 a month. If Grandma manages to get a greeter job at Wal-Mart and brings home 650.00 a month then Uncle Social Security only pays her 300.00 more. She is not able to improve her situation, she is not given the opportunity to live comfortably.

I contend that the federal elected employees should not be given privileges of extreme wealth off the backs of the citizens who put them in their role. They should never be given the opportunity to stuff their pockets with taxpayer money if they have secondary sources of income. Grandma can't, and she, or her husband, put that money in there to secure her well-being, not that of Congressman A.


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