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It takes your tax dollars to pay federal workers


Date published: 5/4/2014

It takes your tax dollars to pay federal workers

I take exception to John Morris' criticism of Rob Wittman in his April 24 letter to the editor ["Wittman is no friend to federal employees"].

First, Mr. Morris states that the private sector makes almost 35 percent more than federal employees.

According to the Congressional Budget Office's January 2012 report, average total compensation for all jobs was 16 percent higher for federal workers than private-sector employees who had similar observable job characteristics.

For people with a high school diploma or less, total compensation for federal employees was 36 percent higher.

Second, regarding sending money to Jordan, if Mr. Morris wants to complain about money being sent overseas, he should send his complaint to Harry Reid and Mr. Obama, since the Obama administration and his fellow Democrats control any and all legislation that goes through the Senate.

Third, about supporting our local economy, Mr. Morris states that "every dollar [Wittman] denies federal workers is a dollar that won't be spent at a local business."

Does Mr. Morris realize that every dollar paid to a federal worker came out of someone else's pocket? And that person, ostensibly, is being paid 16 percent less than that federal employee!

So I support Rob Wittman in his efforts to stem the hemorrhaging of our hard-earned money through rigorous review of all government spending.

Rex A. Hoover

Fauquier