Posts tagged "federal"

Bill Brady's tax sin

(This post contains a correction.) Uh, oh. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady reluctantly released his income tax returns and we now we know: He didn’t pay federal income tax in 2008 and 2009! Nor did he pay state income tax in 2008! Bill Brady: Tax hypocrite? This, we’re instructed, is bad news for Brady and... Read more »

Paying down our national debt

Here is a simple, clear way of reducing our crushing federal debt: Our suggestion for starting to deal with the deficits and debt at both national and state levels is our modest 5 + 10 + 15 = -5% program which simply means a 5% reduction in entitlement payments plus a 10% reduction in government... Read more »

Need a better job? See Uncle Sam

Next time you hear a federal worker moaning about how tough he has it, take note of this: Federal jobs outpay their private sector counterparts 83 percent of the time, according to information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to federal data, a cook on the federal payroll will make roughly $15,000 more than one... Read more »
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Battling the bulge: Here's where to slash the budget

Two weeks ago I suggested that climbing out of our financial sinkhole requires us to fundamentally downsize our expectations of what we can milk from government (“Champagne taste with a beer budget”). Reader Dienne posted a complaint: “I’m sorry, Mr. Byrne, perhaps I missed it, but I didn’t see a solution in this column —... Read more »

Did YOU get a 10 percent raise?

Let’s have a show of hands? Who’s getting a 10 percent raise? No one? Well, the federal government did. What is most remarkable about the Congressional Budget Office’s newest estimate of the federal deficit was this tidbit: domestic federal agencies in this fiscal year are receiving an overall 10 percent increase in their budgets. This... Read more »

Did you lose your job?

If you’re still working, did you get a raise? Everyone is taking it on the chin, but not government workers. Believe it or not, when everyone else is either losing their jobs, or having their pay cut, federal government workers will get a two-percent pay raise. Does this crap every end? The raises were contained... Read more »
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