Automatic Federal Pay Raise by Automatic Promotion: What Pay Freeze?

About those federal pay freezes Obama announced this week: if you can get yourself promoted, you will get the salary increase. Since promotions, know as “step” promotions are “mandated” they are essentially automatic.

In other words, once on the government payroll, you will advance automatically unless your work ethic is seen as egregious to your supervisor, which is not likely to happen. Now get this:

For example, despite the pay freeze, a government employee living in Washington, D.C., who is classified as a GS14 Step 1 and is upgraded to a GS 15 Step 2, will receive a raise of $22,672. The next year that same federal employee — without a promotion or grade increase — can see their pay go up by $4,126 through a step increase.

Think we cannot do anything about federal salaries? After the pay freeze was announce, The Heritage Foundation made this observation:

“Federal employees earn between 30 percent and 40 percent more than equivalently skilled private-sector workers…[M]ost federal compensation is not a contractual obligation and Congress can reduce it in those positions which are overcompensated. If Congress reduced this federal pay to market rates this would save taxpayers about $47 billion a year.”

In case you missed it, Democrat Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD) called for cuts to military pay as well as other federal workers.

The bottom line: most if not all federal workers, will be promoted and receive obscene bloated salaries. America, if you can still believe one word out of the mouths of Barack Obama, Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi, I have a simply stunning property for sale at a seaside resort in Kabul, Afghanistan. Shoot me an email and I’ll give you details.