Federal workers earning double their private counterparts... http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/income/2010-08-10-1Afedpay10_ST_N.htm And you wonder why the US is going broke...All these salaries, built-in raises, benefits, pensions--just look at California, and get ready. It's coming. Of course, the public employee unions are loving this. And Obama and the Democrats can't give them money fast enough. Even in lean times--they get pay increases. Every year. 1.6% this year--And we're supposed to "feel sorry" for them. (oh, BTW...that 1.6% doesn't include seniority pay hikes for many federal workers). Look...1.6% isn't much. But why should anyone be guaranteed a pay hike? Most of us with real jobs aren't. (By "real" I mean legitimate jobs with legitimate purposes...and yes, many government jobs qualify as such). But good grief--sometimes, when things are bad, you just don't get a raise. That's life. And apparently, government unions are exempt from the rules of life. Go figure. And, of course, it hasn't ocurred to anyone in DC that IT'S OUR MONEY.