Tax hikes for the rich

Remember this next liberals howl about tax cuts:

The average federal worker made $59,864 in 2005, compared with the average salary of $40,505 in the private sector, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Arizona, the average annual salary for federal employees is $56,510, compared with the average annual private-sector pay of $37,706.

The gap may be driven by increased competition in the private sector, where globalization and technological advances have held salaries down.

Meanwhile, the federal workforce has no harsh business realities to face, said James Sherk, a labor policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington.

“We have two parallel economies: one is hyper-capitalism, and one is from the Eisenhower administration,” [Harvard economist] Donahue said. “Government pays everybody the same, no matter their level of productivity. But the private sector pays people differently.”

Bush’s 2003 tax cut gave me a bigger raise than my employer had for the previous 3 years.


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