Editorial: The elite world of public employees
Unparalleled perks, benefits and salaries sink our nation deeper into its fiscal hole
It is hard to make a case for going to work in the private sector anymore because government employees just have it better. Even now, when the private sector is facing major cutbacks and layoffs, government, at the state and federal levels, still offer unparalleled perks, benefits, and salaries – even in the face of seemingly insurmountable budget deficits. There is something terribly wrong with this picture.
It used to be the case that people went to work in public service sacrificing higher wages for more job security and better benefits. Today, government employees get paid more, are offered better fringe benefits, retire with larger pensions, have rock-solid job security, and are provided more days off than their counterparts in private industry. With a deal like that why would anyone want to work in the real world?