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A couple more notes on the decay of this country October 9, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, It's all about the $$$, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society.

Remember the day, not too long ago, when employment by the government was generally low paid but most typically seen as undemanding and very secure (certainly, there are exceptions).  Well, the latter is still by and large correct, but for the former……..federal government employees now earn almost TWICE as much annually in pay and benefits than their private industry counterparts:

Employees for the federal government earn far more than their counterparts in the private sector, according to a new study by the Cato Institute.

Federal workers’ pay and benefits were 78 percent higher than private employees, who earned an average of $52,688 less than public sector workers last year.

The study found that federal government workers earned an average of $84,153 in 2014, compared to the private sector’s average of $56,350. Cato based its findings on figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). [And while private sector wages have been stagnant for over 40 years, federal wages have more than doubled during that period]

But when adding in benefits pay for federal workers, the difference becomes more dramatic. Federal employees made $119,934 in total compensation last year, while private sector workers earned $67,246, a difference of over $52,000, or 78 percent.

“Since the 1990s, federal workers have enjoyed faster compensation growth than private-sector workers,” according to the study, written by Chris Edwards, the director of tax policy studies at Cato. “In 2014 federal workers earned 78 percent more, on average, than private-sector workers. Federal workers earned 43 percent more, on average, than state and local government workers.

“The federal government has become an elite island of secure and high-paid employment, separated from the ocean of average Americans competing in the economy,” the Edwards wrote.

The report noted that 2.1 million people work for the federal government, costing over $260 billion in wages and benefits this year.

Wow.  Looks like I chose the wrong career.  Note that state and local government employees now out-earn private sector employees, as well, by about 1/3.  Plus there are lifetime pensions and extremely generous health insurance and vacation packages, too.

As I said in the previous post, whenever the Left says something, the opposite is true.  This is so often the case as to almost be a concrete law of modern discourse.  Most reasonably well-informed readers will surely be aware of the “1 in 5 college coeds experiences ‘sexual assault’ while on campus” myth.  This myth has already been exploded – the real data shows that far less than 1% of female college students ever experiences sexual assault, even when defined down to include things like unwanted touching, and that these students are 2/3 less likely to experience genuine rape than women of the same age in the general population.

So where did this myth come from? Well, given that the Obama administration has ginned up a wicked persecution of men on college campuses, requiring colleges, to keep their federal funding, to actively persecute men off campus under the most specious of charges from women, it now turns out that at least 1 in 5 campus rape reports are so false they are completely dropped before any heavily biased proceedings against the male student can begin:

To take a page from alarmist writers who gleefully post headlines claiming that one-in-five women are sexually assaulted in college, I bring you some information that will be either ignored or severely downplayed.

It turns out the “one-in-five number” is correct, but it’s not the one-in-five the media are reporting. Harvard University released its sexual assault statistics as part of federal regulations, and it turns out 18.1 percent of reported rapes on campus are “unfounded,” defined by Harvard police as “any report of a crime that is found to be false or baseless.”

Yes it’s just one narrow report, but given how many young men (nearly 100) are now suing colleges and universities that attempted to ruin their lives through extra-judicial proceedings that kicked them off campus for alleged “rape” (cases that never merited enough evidence to go to actual criminal trial), and, even more, blackened their ‘permanent records’ with these usually baseless accusations making resuming their college education elsewhere impossible, this is obviously not a small problem. It’s so severe it would almost seem to argue for a return to the old no sex before marriage standard………but no, that’s obviously too ridiculous and extreme.  Better to pay out a few score multi-million dollar lawsuits than change the present day environment on college campuses where such immoral, fruitless, and destructive couplings are positively encouraged by virtually colleges.

My kids will be living at home, thank you very much.


1. tg - October 9, 2015

On the federal employee wage, it depends what job you have. Professionals with degrees can start at a lower wage than private sector. It’s upper management positions that have a higher wage. The people that do the work start at a lower scale and it can take years to make 50,000 a year. The new pension is not that great either. It’s a combination of a small pension, SS, and 401K. Unless an employee contributes a lot to their 401K, retirement won’t be that great for a lower wage employee. Different for the old civil service pension. if you worked for 41 years, you could get 80 percent of your last 3 year average salary. One thing PO did do is give no raises for 2 years and gave the lowest raises ever – 1%. One thing I think is unfair is that paper pushers in management can make more than a law enforcement agent who’s life is on the line or a college educated professional like a pharmacist or technologist.

2. glmcreations - October 9, 2015

It is the Roman Empire all over again, even approaching the elevation of the emperor to the status of deity. Of all the causes of the decline and fall of Rome – ridiculous confiscatory taxation, unemployment, loss of work ethic, apathy, totalitarian power coalescing in the emperor, emasculation and nullification of other branches of government -one very visible one was that the number of government workers approached and then exceeded the number of real workers, people who actually produced something that could be taxed. And this burgeoning bureaucracy was inept, overpaid, incompetent, and corrupt – and supported the emperor 101%. Deja Vu USA all over again. When will we have to get our govt certificate that we have publicly worshipped a Democrat? Guy McClung, San Antonio

3. tg - October 9, 2015

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4. AmileJones1516 - October 9, 2015

The 1 in 5 statistic makes no sense, but I can tell you right now, as a male undergrad at Dickinson College, that many of my female friends have experienced some form of unwanted and unwarranted verbal harassment by either male students or “townies.” The threat of sexual violence in even a small town liberal arts college is, to an extent, palpable for young women.

Baseballmom - October 9, 2015

You will not like my question but I am not PC and neither is this blog…. Are these young ladies dressing modestly and do they have respect for themselves enough to not be used by men for sexual gratification? Are they smart enough to wait for marriage before allowing a man access to their most precious gift, their bodies and their souls?

AmileJones1516 - October 9, 2015

No, no. Fair question. My friends’ sexual lives aren’t really my business. But they do dress modestly and do not engage in any promiscuous behavior to speak of. They avoid Greek life like the plague (except some of them do study Greek and Greek culture). I’m not trying to insinuate that this blogpost is wrong or misguided. At the same time, there are college age men who simply do not show respect for the opposite sex, and they show it.

Baseballmom - October 10, 2015

You are absolutely right. Young men raised in a sex saturated culture cannot even deal with good young ladies in a proper manner at times. Very sad.

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