Letter: Government employees should make sacrifice
The largest employer in the U.S.A. is the U.S. federal government The employees of the federal government are public servants. Their salaries are paid for by the American taxpayers, who are the veritable managers of the federal government. There is one government employee for every 50 citizens in the country.
With 4 million unemployed workers from the private sector and their families making sacrifices to survive in this depressed economy, it is only right, just and fair for the people's servants to also make a sacrifice. What about cutting 4 million U.S. government jobs? Or, order a 25 percent cut in salaries for all employees in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government?
We are one nation and one people. We must share the good times and the bad times. The U.S. government employees are not a privileged class in our society. They should help the country regain its economic vitality.
The federal government employees should consider it a duty to help their economically strapped brothers in the private sector, who, after all, are the employers of these public servants, who work to pay the taxes without which the federal government would become extinct.