If Greece isn’t enough to show what happens when the government payrolls balloon out of control, look at this. Is anybody else sick of do nothings getting jobs like this? This job probably pays $400k per year. There are 70,000 people in the Interior Department(that’s 1,400 per state), with a budget of $12 billion. What would happen if they folded it, and states ran the parks in their states?
On a side note, I have a friend, a former state trooper, retired on a state pension, who then went to work for JetBlue. He since got a job at the Dept of Transportation. Why? Better pay and better benefits. Government workers know where the money is. The private sector is too competitive to get cushy jobs. Know what he does? He flies around the country working with police departments on DUI ticketing, implementation, etc. Due to their regular flying, Federal employees get a guaranteed $600 round trip air fare. He flies every single week. My bet is he makes $85-95k per year(Note:there are 1,680 DOT employees making $170k per year, so I could be low). You think just maybe internet instruction might suffice for police departments nationwide, saving $600 a shot? My friend is probably 1 of 100 people doing this.
Two other points. Why does the Post Office Advertise?
Look at the jobs the SEC is advertising for. Are these salaries unreal or what?
Plus, they offer this. Just incredible.
[i]The SEC offers a number of exceptional enhanced pay and benefits plus the standard Federal benefits:
The SEC also has a Student Loan Repayment program for permanent employees. Up to $10,000 a year (60K cap) in student loan repayments for those who meet program criteria.
Paid dental insurance and vision insurance.
Increased agency subsidy for health insurance which supplements your health benefits premiums by $25 for self-only coverage, and $50 for family coverage.
Mass transportation subsidy up to $230 per month.[/i]
Why work anywhere else?