As I was going through the news this morning, I found a link to this federal government job listing, looking to hire an “invitations coordinator” for the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau. Now, I know it can look like I’m just trying to be mad for the sake of being mad when I see one incident like that and highlight it. But the point is that it’s not just one isolated incident, it’s part of a trend that has been going on for some time now.
Consider this federal workforce pay chart from USA Today for 2011. Some of these seem completely reasonable. For example, I have no problem with physicians making $184,395 on average, or dentists making $141,012, even if they are working for the federal government and receiving tax money as their salary. Physicians and dentists have unique skills sets that are difficult to acquire and in very high demand.
However, consider some of these other federal jobs along with their average salaries:
- Civil rights analyst — $106,783
- Public relations — $90,560
- Librarian — $86,389
- Fishery biologist — $84,132
- Geographer — $82,147
- Funeral director — $71,159
The list goes on and on. The point I’m trying to make, and one that I think most people who come to this blog already understand, is that the federal government has no incentive to pay its employees what their work is actually worth.
In fact, the federal government might have an incentive to far overcompensate its employees, specifically those from the intellectual class who mold the opinions of our society. “In all societies, public opinion is determined by the intellectual classes, the opinion molders of society.” If this class is consistently receiving great benefits from the government, who do you think that they are going to use their influence to build support for? Hmmm. Hmmm…Published in