A Portrait in Heroic Sacrifice

by Jillian Kay Melchior



Remember when Silvio Berlusconi proclaimed himself “without doubt the person who’s been the most persecuted in the entire history of the world and the history of man”?

Well, apparently he’s got a contender.

The Federal-Postal Coalition, which is comprised of several federal-employee unions, has been playing the teeny-tiniest violin anyone’s ever seen or heard. In a letter to Congress, they write:

No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way [we federal employees] 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.

Lest you’re wondering what these public Gifts of the Magi are, the Hill explains. Federal workers have graciously foregone raises and increased retirement contributions recently.

Then again, the federal government spends 48 percent more on hourly benefits for its employees than the private sector does, according to the Congressional Budget Office. And the Heritage Foundation has found that federal employees’ hourly pay is, on average, 22 percent higher than comparable private-sector employees.

Nevertheless, this is the unions’ equation: Getting more (but less than desired) = getting less = heroic sacrifice. Brilliant.

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