President Donald Trump is a man that knows his business. The President has been around the game for decades and knows what works and what doesn’t. This fact has treated him well since being in office. That is why, when President Trump found out that government workers were set to get a huge raise a couple weeks back, he took some big action.
Under the law right now, the pay scale that decides federal employee salaries was going to raise pay in 2018 by an almost 26 percent at a cost to taxpayers $26 billion, according to the White House.
President Trump said not so fast and decided to lower this to a more normal raise. It was announced that federal employees could now expect to see a raise of around 1.9%. This opposed to the ridiculous 26% before.
“Title 5, United States Code, authorizes me to implement alternative pay plans for pay increases for civilian Federal employees covered by the General Schedule and certain other pay systems if, because of “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare,” I view the adjustments that would otherwise take effect as inappropriate.”
So, as president of the United States, President Trump has the total authority to make a move like this. Taxpayers are already suffering as it is. The last thing they need is to be stolen from even more. But that is what this law would have done.
People working for the government, as well as unions, were none to pleased with the President’s decision.
“While federal employees will appreciate the raise, an average increase of 1.9 percent is the minimum required to prevent federal pay from declining further, and more rapidly, below market than the current 35 percent wage disparity between public- and private-sector wages,” said Richard Thissen who is the president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.
Unfortunately, a move like this was ignored by Obama and made Trump out to be the bad guy. Raises are always nice, but a 26% raise is simply too high for taxpayers to be able to handle. It is sad to see him be attacked for such a normal decision.