(WOIO) - There's been a lot of talk recently about economic inequality in the United States and sure enough that inequality is particularly evident in the pay and benefits that government employees receive versus their counterparts in the private sector. And, it's the government employee who's making out!
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, public employee compensation in the last ten years grew by 28.6% compared to just 19.3% for private workers. In 2009, the average state or local employee was paid $39.66 in total compensation per hour versus $27.42 for us laggards who toil in private business. And, the real prize for government workers is in the benefits - some seventy percent higher than what most private employers offer. Health benefits alone are twice as generous for government workers.
It's an even better deal in Ohio where police, firefighters and teachers can retire after thirty-years, collect a full-pension and then turn around and go back to work full-time doing the same job! And, don't forget, government workers practically never get fired or laid off. Back in the old days when it was thought that commerce created American prosperity, it was President Calvin Coolidge who said, "the business of America is business". Today, we might say the business of America is government.