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May 27, 2013

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Neo

A 'private parity tax' would also induce the government to make the private sector richer, so they could get a higher wage.

Frank Warner

Exactly. It works out for everyone. I'd also include, in the private parity tax law, a prohibition against widening the gap between the richest and poorest workers in state and federal governments. Without such a prohibition, a few greedy public workers with influence might be tempted to hire a million really low-paid government workers to skew the average.

Neo

Except, they will probably use some measure of income that makes it so nothing good happens.

JosephfromSpain

STOP, no more laws and regulations

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.

Simplicity, please, simplicity

If you have ten thousand regulations you destroy all respect for the law.

Frank Warner

No laws or regulations that require "public servants" to be paid more than private taxpayers.

GeekGrrl

Where I and my family and friends work--the State of Washington in IT--our salaries are kept 25% under the private sector's medians for our job classifications AT LEAST. By that I mean, about every 5-6 years, we might get a $600 increase "to bring us further in line."

But we choose our work to be public servants, and then get shat upon as public servants. Many of us have distinguished careers in the private sector and chose instead to serve the republic.

The same was true in my experience as a civil servant in Wisconsin and California.

You are shooting at the wrong target. The problem is speculative capitalism, and the public's failure to comprehend the exponential power of a fixed rate of increase, not working class civil servants. The problem is the top few percent of intelligent scammers (mostly Baby Boomers) who have scammed civil service for many millions of dollars and hidden perks, playing the card that they're irreplaceable. They're not. And we in the rank and file know this, just as we know we are not.

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