Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has a plan to save the deficit: “Save $397 billion by cutting the wages of the government work force.”
Let’s see, our current government workforce stands at about 2.8 million people – Veterans Affairs nurses, letter carriers, food inspectors, etc. If we divide the $397 billion proposed savings by the 2.8 million workers, we get roughly $141,000.
Wow. I’d say that’s a lot to take out of a government worker’s yearly earnings, considering their average earnings is only $57,000. As President Bill Clinton would say, there’s something seriously wrong with the arithmetic here.
Corker would also tinker around with Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid to squeeze every nickel and dime he can out of those safety-net programs. After all, savings there will have little effect on the bottom line of his wealthy sponsors in Congress.
Sen. Corker, like most Republicans in Congress under the leadership of Grover Norquist, is joined in a never-ending quest to impoverish the working class. A return to the Gilded Age is their constant goal and eternal vigilance is our only defense.