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Monday, November 15th, 2010

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  1. #1 |  Boyd Durkin | 


    What someone “makes” is their salary. To use the term “makes” to refer to total compensation number is misleading and wrong.

    I simpy don’t see how you can make this statement. This is what the term “makes” means to you. That doesn’t mean the statement is misleading and wrong. Recalling Humpty Dumpty’s famous quote on the meaning of words, it is important to note words that are vague. “Makes” is certainly one of them.

    I believe the statement made by Rand Paul is true especially when it comes from a Senatorial candidate running on a platform of reducing government spending. THAT context would mean the only number to discuss is the fully loaded cost of a government employee to tax payers. Comparing that fully loaded cost to a private sector employee makes a tremendous amount of sense and would be the only number that would be imporant–especially because the sweet bennies are of particular annoyance…and liability to taxpayers.

    While most people may not know the actual $$ value of their bennies, the person paying the bills, a Senator with this as a platform, and citizens concerned with the cost of government are correct in making this number an issue.

  2. #2 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Nice job of debunking foxnews/right wing myths with leftwing myths. Keep walking that dogma, baby.

  3. #3 |  SJE | 

    @#43 “How many were dissuaded and chose NOT to tinker with rockets? How many were out and out prohibited? 60 plus years after the Nazis were imported into the American rocket industry why hasn’t there been one paying passenger on Branson’s Virgin Galatic?”

    Because Virgin Galactic is still developing their aircraft. They won the X prize in a prototype. They are now developing the commercial versions and did a test flight a few months ago (passed with flying colors). Besides, in the current economy, they are not in any rush to get something out. Compared to Boeing, Airbus, or the military, Virgin is going VERY fast.

  4. #4 |  SJE | 

    Back to salary: I think that its good to have the discussion INCLUDE benefits, which are frequently used as a way to hide the true costs of government programs. My favorite are pensions, which have no present cost, but huge costs later.

  5. #5 |  Laughingdog | 

    “Wrong 1: there are all sorts of burger flipping jobs on the federal payroll. Who do you think works in Fed cafeterias? What about all the cooks in the military? I heard an interview with a person whose only job on the aircraft carrier was to stock vending machines.”

    Our “Fed cafeterias” are run by contractors, just like the janitorial staff. As for the cooks in the military, that’s not at all the same as working the fry machine at McDonalds, especially since the cooks and vending machine guys on a carrier are in the same war zones as the rest, and are expected to be able to do damage control with the rest of the ship if something goes wrong. No one expects the employees at McDonalds to also work as fire fighters.

    As for salaries, I’m sure there are a lot of Federal jobs in D.C. that are outrageously overpaid. That seems to be the nature of that entire city, both private sector and public. But if the engineers in the Dept. of Defense are as overpaid as everyone claims, I’d like an explanation for why we hemorrhage employees to the private sector as fast as we do.