It is hypocritical of President Trump to cancel pay raises for federal workers when spending lavishly elsewhere, suggests Michael Hiltzik of The LA Times. He used a law that allowed him to do so in times of national emergency, while citing the need to remain fiscally sustainable. This is a strong departure from his rhetoric that “the economy has never been better.” Additionally, Trump’s huge tax cuts cost the government $150 billion a year, around 30 times what the pay freeze will save. This appears to reflect his disregard for government workers, which include teachers, builders, pavers and engineers, all of which do essential jobs for the country.
President Trump is right to cut federal pay raises, as they are disproportionately high already, argues Investor’s Business Daily in an editorial. Federal employees earn around 80% more than people in the private sector, when wages, vacations and benefits are factored in. In 1990, this difference was only 30%. Government workers have it very cozy; they almost can’t be fired and their productiveness isn’t reviewed as closely as in the private sector. Their labor should not be valued higher than that of the average worker. Criticism of Trump’s pay freeze has been excessive; President Obama also froze federal wages in 2011.