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Why do democrat leaders seem to be so profoundly confused about issues like this?

9/12/12 http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/… “Biden told supporters that foreign service officers and other diplomatic personnel serving in dangerous countries were just as brave as any member of the military.” Our troops volunteer to risk their lives in defense of America. They learn how to kill, and blow up stuff. Tens of thousands of them get blown up themselves, losing arms, legs, eyesight – and they get paid almost nothing for their sacrifice. 2,000 have been killed in Afghanistan. Embassy staff don’t volunteer to risk their lives. They seek the job because they may enjoy secure, lucrative careers as govnerment bureaucrats (see below). They are assured safe working conditions by embassy troops who protect them. They work in well furnished air conditioned offices behind thick walls. They get paid multiple times more than the troops. There probably are fewer than a couple dozen embassy workers who have died on the job in the past ten years. And this ba$a%Rd VP says they’re as brave as the troops? ------------------- -8/13/10 USA Today: The compensation gap between federal and private workers has doubled in the past decade. Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. -7/8/11 U. S. News Report (usnews.com): The actual number of private sector jobs decreased since 2008. Government jobs increased. During the worst of the downturn, the private sector was hammered with massive job losses, while the public sector held fairly steady. -6/8/12 Investors Business Daily: “Private-sector jobs are still down by 4.6 million, or 4%, from January 2008, when overall employment peaked Meanwhile government jobs are down just 407,000, or 1.8%. Federal employment actually is 225,000 jobs above its January 2008 level, an 11.4% increase.” 8/15/12 USA Today/Gannet: -More than 21,000 retired federal workers receive lifetime government pensions of $100,000 or more per year -Government pensions are vastly more generous than those in the private sector," says economist Veronique de Rugy of the market-oriented Mercatus Center -The average federal pension pays $32,824 annually. The average state and local government pension pays $24,373, Census data show. The average military pension is $22,492. ExxonMobilExxon Corporation, which has one of the best remaining private pensions, pays an average of $18,250 per retiree -All federal retirees receive health benefits. -Pension payments cost $70 billion last year, plus $13 billion for retiree health care. Taxpayers face a $2 trillion unfunded liability — the amount needed to cover future benefits — for these programs, according to the government's audited financial statement.

Asked By: holeymoley - 9/12/2012
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Democrats are confused about Everything.... Except wanting Our Paychecks. They ALL want that.
Answered By: Dinamuk Roberts - 9/12/2012
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It's funny how you folks are so against Pension programs.
Answered By: Dawg - 9/12/2012
 
We need to change the pension programs so they can only take out what they put in. Maybe add 3% per year just to be nice. If they put in nothing, they should take out nothing.
Answered By: Misty - 9/12/2012
 
Sorry bub but when an attache,diplomat or aide volunteers or is appointed to serve in a country where they are as likely to be attacked or kidnapped,they deserve commiserate pay.The only near equivalent in private sector to a embassy worker is a car salesman.Think about it.
Answered By: Heathen - 9/12/2012
 
OK, what's your point... More
Answered By: ColdWarrior - 9/12/2012
 
James, it seems you might be confused about a few things, as well. Marine Security Guards at U.S. embassies overseas are not there to protect U.S. personnel. They are there to protect classified information. No post anywhere in the world has a sufficient troop presence to guard all the embassy employees against... More
Answered By: Valdysses - 9/14/2012
 
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