Yes, the federal government pays more for B.A.s than the private sector does. The reason, though, is not that the federal government overpays for credentials. The reason, rather, is that the federal government overpays for breathing.
By sticking with an arrangement from the past century, the public sector has largely missed the transformation that swept over the rest of the working world and has made itself vulnerable to criticism.
Hard choices are needed to restore our nation's fiscal health. But across-the-board pay and hiring freezes avoid tough strategic decisions. The real question is not what can we cut, but how can we best save money.
This week will likely see a number of measures to stimulate the economy and help struggling families shot down in the name of fiscal responsibility, while measures that help the rich and add to the debt will pass.