Feds Enjoy 6-Figure Salaries
According to a report appearing in today’s USA Today, the number of federal workers earning six-figure salaries has skyrocketed during the recession. Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months – and that’s before including overtime pay and bonuses! “Of course WE pay for the bonuses, WE pay for the six-figure salaries every year,” Sean added incredulously. The growth in six-figure salaries has increased the average federal worker's pay to $71,206, as compared to $40,331 earned in the private sector. “There is never any discipline in Washington is there? There’s always this unprecedented spending, always the justification, always the earmarks – it’s quintessentially everything you’d expect from Washington,” said Sean. Read the article from USA Today here.
Unhappiness With Obama
Representative Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio) joined Sean on the NewsMaker hotline in the show’s second hour, expressing his dissatisfaction with President Obama. Kucinich found fault with the generous Obama bailout packages doled out in 2009. He also disagreed with Obama’s recent decision to send more troops to Afghanistan. The Congressman bristled at Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize speech in which he referred to the war on terror as “just war.” "Once we are committed to wars instrumentality in pursuit of peace, we begin the Orwellian journey to the semantic netherworld where war is pace, where the momentum of war overwhelms hopes for peace," said the Ohio Democrat. Sean caught Kucinich off guard when asking the Congressman if he believed evil existed in the world. “I think evil starts with ourselves,” Kucinich said, “the bible said before you take the speck out of your brother’s eye take the log out of your own. I think we have to do some reflecting on ourselves.” Mr. Kucinich, what would you say to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who denies the holocaust ever happened, and who wants to kill innocent Americans? How do you negotiate with someone like that?
Raising The Ceiling
The U.S. Government is about to hit the current debt ceiling of $12.1 trillion dollars. Unless Congress authorizes to increase this debt ceiling further, the United States will not be able to borrow more money to spend. Democrats are preparing to raise the federal debt ceiling by as much as $1.8 trillion before the new year, rather than face the issue again right before the 2010 elections. “We’re not going to be able to pay that money back in our lifetime,” Sean fumed. “These geniuses are going to raise the ceiling to 13.6 trillion. Our credit card as a country is now maxed out. That’s why we conservatives have to join forces and beat back these backwards economic principals.”
Dennis John Kucinich (born October 8, 1946) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2004 and 2008 elections. Through his various governmental positions and campaigns, Kucinich has attracted attention for consistently delivering "the strongest liberal" perspective. This perspective and his actions, such as bringing articles of impeachment against President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and being the only Democratic candidate in the 2008 election to vote against invading Iraq, has often been in sharp contrast to the moderate tone the Democratic Party often adopted before the outcome of the 2008 elections.