Biden Gives Federal Workers Huge Gift

( – In the midst of inflationary pressures and economic challenges faced by many Americans, Joe Biden has approved a substantial pay raise for federal employees, the largest since President Jimmy Carter’s tenure.

This decision, announced in December, includes an average 5.2% salary increase for these workers, a move that has raised some eyebrows considering the broader economic context.

As we navigate through an economy where a significant 76% of Americans feel their income isn’t keeping pace with inflation, per a CBS News and YouGov poll, this decision by President Biden appears somewhat detached from the fiscal realities faced by the average citizen. Interestingly, 56% of Americans in this poll attribute the rampant inflation to government spending, a point that is underscored by the recent salary hikes for federal employees.

The specifics of the raise include a 4.7% across-the-board increase for federal workers, with an additional average increase of 0.5% based on geographical location. For example, federal employees in San Francisco are set to receive an extra 0.9% increase. This decision, as detailed by the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM), contrasts the private sector’s average salary increase of 4.5% during the same period, as reported by The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Interestingly, this significant increase for federal employees, approved unilaterally by Biden, stands in stark contrast to the pay raise for members of the armed forces. The latter, a 5.2% increase, was sanctioned by Congress through the National Defense Authorization Act, reflecting a more collaborative and perhaps balanced approach.

The Office of Management and Budget, in defense of these raises, emphasized the Federal government’s role as the nation’s largest employer and its need to attract and retain a skilled workforce. However, this rationale might fall short for many Americans struggling in the current economic climate.

Moreover, the disparity between federal and private-sector salaries is noteworthy. In 2023, the average federal employee earned $98,943, with even higher averages in places like Washington, D.C., and Maryland. This is considerably more than the median annual salary of around $58,000 for U.S. workers, which includes federal employees.

The political leanings of federal employees, particularly in their financial contributions to political campaigns, also merit attention. Data shows a significant skew towards the Democratic Party.

For instance, in the 2016 presidential campaign, federal workers at 14 agencies donated approximately $1.9 million to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, compared to about 5% to Donald Trump. This trend continued in 2020, with Biden receiving significantly more in donations from federal employees than Trump, despite Trump being the incumbent president.