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Cutting Deficit Without Cutting Services? Where to Start?

The late master historian, Daniel J. Boorstin, wrote a column for Parade magazine on Labor Day Sunday, 1981.   One line is stamped in my memory as he spoke of the honor of work.   Boorstin said, “Let all of America’s historians go on strike when we return to work on Tuesday and it will not cause a ripple.   But let all of America’s garbage collectors go on strike that day and it will cause a national panic.”   This was before we were so P.C.  Today such individuals are called Sanitation Workers but the statement remains as relevant as when Boorstin wrote it 29 years ago.

This indirectly leads us into essential and non-essential workers.   As a student of history I do not wish to denigrate historians.   And as David McCullough, author of Truman and John Adams, has pointed out we are a nation where our young are increasingly bereft of an understanding of history and that a nation without a sense of its past will not have vision for the future either.   Here I am thinking of snow days in D.C. or Denver where only essential workers are asked to report.    If non-essentials need not come in why are they taking salary in the national and state capital at all?

This in turn moves to a piece by Byron York, Chief Political Correspondent of The Washington Examiner,  from August 10, 2010.   I have borrowed his title for this post.   York notes that conservatives are often asked where they would cut the federal deficit if they are so interested in reducing spending.   He has a solid answer.   The Heritage Foundation has researched private sector salaries and benefits and public sector compensation.   The results are rather astounding.

The average total compensation including benefits for a government worker is 111, 015 dollars/year.   A private sector employee receives 60,078 or just over one half a government bureaucrats salary.    When one adds that public workers have grown in number by 200,000 since Obama took office while the private sector work force has lost millions and millions of jobs we can see the collision course we are on.  It also needs be noted that it is the private sector that pays for the public sector.   And the numbers are similar at the state level.   Add this up, fewer private sector jobs paying for more public sector, and we can see why the nation and many states are facing bankruptcy.  

One more thing needs be noted.   Private sector employees tend to produce something tangible–a house, a building, a bridge, a highway, a car (before General Motors became Obama Motors).   Public employees tend to produce more red tape to justify their existence and more mischief.   We can do with more tangible goods  and less government snarls.  

What would Byron York do?   Cut government salaries at least to the level of private workers who make their “careers” possible.   I would add that we reduce the number of government workers by attrition.  This gets back to non-essential employees.   Republican Senator Tom Coburn of OK has introduced amendments that would at least freeze federal pay for a year.   House Republicans have done the same.   The results are predictable.   Big spending Democrats like Mr. Rubberstamp, appointed junior CO Senator, Michael Bennet, have stopped it.   For now they have the power to block common sense.   Let us change this on November 2 and let a Republican Congress tackle it beginning in January of 2011.

On Wednesday, October 20, Coburn’s colleague, Sen. James Inhofe of OK, joined Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, Ken Buck for a rally in Greeley.    Inhofe spoke of these same things and how we must elect men like Ken Buck to roll back Obamacare and to reduced the debt and the deficit and government red tape.

Byron York is right on his suggestion based on Heritage research.   So the next time a conservative is asked where would you cut they can have a ready answer.   I propose pay equity between government and private workers.   Government workers are already squealing about this but the public is cheering.  Bring it on.   And if the GOP pulls this off will Obama veto it?   Interesting question.   Rush Limbaugh thinks the President hears the footsteps of Bill and Hill coming up behind him.   And I seriously doubt that government bureaucrats are going to leave their cushy jobs even if they have to do them for less.    Pretty tough to find work out their right now.    Pretty cozy in the embrace of Uncle Sam–even if they have to join their fellow Americans in getting by on a mere 60,078 American dollars.

Vote Conservative this year.   Vote for Ken Buck and others in the GOP.   This is a fight worth having.   We might even save the American dollar and the nation behind it.   See you at the polls (or the Post Office) with your Obama and conservative driven ballot.  And also our thanks to Heritage and to Byron York and others making sense in an era of insanity.