Uncommon Sense

May 25, 2013

Faux Outrage Machine

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 11:01 am
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As reported by By Lindsay Wise of McClatchy Newspapers, a little known group of federal employees will be receiving bonuses while other federal employees will be furloughed because of the Sequester!

According to a report that a Senate subcommittee issued Friday . . . members of the government’s highly paid Senior Executive Service – who make up less than 1 percent of the federal workforce – had received more than $340 million in bonuses from 2008 through 2011. The bonuses came on top of annual salaries that ranged from $119,000 to $179,000.

“Created by the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, the Senior Executive Service is made up of leaders who serve in key positions just below top presidential appointees, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website. They oversee the day-to-day activities of about 75 federal agencies.

The agencies that spent the most money on Senior Executive Service bonuses were the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which paid more than $16,000 per employee; the National Science Foundation, which paid more than $14,000 per employee; the Department of the Navy, which paid $13,000 per employee; the Department of Health and Human Services, which also paid $13,000 per employee; and the Department of Commerce, which paid more than $12,000 per employee.

Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has introduced a bill that will kill these bonuses while the Sequester is in effect!


Executives just below top presidential appointees make $120-180k. This is highly paid? And were going to get bonuses of up to $16,000! Wow.

This is chump change folks! How about the effing Wall Street bankers, who dropped the world’s economy to its knees and then took $1,000,000+ bonus. That is something to be outraged about!

I worked at a community college as a professor. My highest salary over a 40 year career was just over $70,000. The president of that college made about $125,000 if I remember right. Now she was not the highest paid executive in that school district as there were chancellors and vice-chancellors in the hierarchy above her. And, these federal executives, with the responsibility of running an entire federal agency (you know, the people who actually know what they are doing), are making money comparable . . . to a community college president (one of 106 in California).

What a bunch of blood suckers! Not!

Get some perspective for Pete’s sake!


  1. Yet another case of Obama’s Big Government idiocy. Enough is enough.


    Comment by kip — May 25, 2013 @ 11:15 am | Reply

  2. You could just note that those $120k – $180k salaries are about what some entry-level Wall Street associates get.


    Comment by List of X — May 25, 2013 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  3. This entire article demonstrates an apparent lack of understanding of who is worth what and why.


    Comment by conservative2cents — May 25, 2013 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

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