I think articles like these are written just to outrage Libertarians and Conservatives.
The Federal Workers’ Union is demanding that Congress leave them out of any deal related to the so-called “Fiscal Cliff”.
“Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have, and it is time our nation’s leaders found other ways to reduce the deficit than continually taking from those who have dedicated their lives to public service.”
Right. No other group has been asked to contribute to their pensions. These poor babies have to contribute 2.3%. What group of productive citizens has any pension at all?
And the idea that any of these parasites dedicated their lives to public service insults our intelligence beyond belief. The majority of them provide no service to the public at all. They are bureaucrats who assist the state in punishing productive citizens and extracting our money for their own benefit. The ones that do actually provide a service such as postal workers cannot survive on user fees like a private company and must be heavily subsidized by those of us who rarely use their service. Meanwhile there are obvious private alternatives that provide the same service better and more efficiently while making a profit. They do not extract money from the public through violence the way every government agency does.
Then there’s this:
After President Obama’s reelection, top federal unions said they were confident their members would not be targeted in such a deal and a pay raise would be instituted.
Big surprise. Government workers vote for the Democrats and expect to be rewarded with a raise. That’s the major reason why you need to shut all government offices on election day, so it’s more convenient for these guys to go vote themselves more money.
Finally the article throws in this gem:
In recent negotiations, Republicans are beginning to show signs they will agree to create new revenues from top earners, while specifics of spending cuts still are being hammered out.
So obviously all these Republicans that have been claiming raising taxes on the “rich” will hurt the economy were lying and never believed that at all. Either that or they are willing to hurt the economy to avoid any potential cuts to their beloved merchants of death.