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GSA: Why pay bonuses to government workers?

Letter by Lyle Laws, Puyallup on April 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm | 40 Comments »
April 20, 2012 12:45 pm

When the General Services Administration scandal broke, I wasn’t surprised to learn that government employees had been wasting taxpayers’ money, but I was astounded to learn that many of them were given bonuses while doing so.

In the private sector, bonuses are given if employees perform so well that their contributions lead to profits for their employers. However, if decisions made by employees cause companies to spend as much or more than they take in year after year, that is a a sure and certain path to bankruptcy.

Unfortunately, virtually all governmental entities at all levels spend as much if not more than they take in every year, and the best example is the federal government.

So at a time when our nation is in grave financial condition, why should already-strapped taxpayers be required to pay bonuses to workers for doing what they have agreed to at the rate of pay they agreed to work for? It beats the hell out of me.

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