I find it interesting that when we compare federal workers pay with that of the private sector, we automatically assume the federal workers are overpaid because their overall pay and benefits package has kept up with or stayed ahead of inflation. You rarely hear the idea that maybe private sector pay and benefits have been slowly gutted over the years.
On the other hand, when you compare what senior government officials make with what senior business leaders make, the president's $400,000 and the cabinet-level official's $183,000 pale in comparison to the millions raked in by CEOs--even the ones who get fired.
So where exactly is the disparity?
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