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In the past weeks, Canadian taxpayers were shocked to learn of eHealth CEO Sarah Kramer’s astronomical $350,000+ salary, along with her doling out $5,000,000 in untendered contracts, and no progress to show for it. She’s since been canned and the government is pretending to be outraged, but in reality how much of an anomaly is this behaviour? How shocked should we be?

It’s completely naive to think that with a generally uninformed public, a lax media and nobody to be accountable to, the government takes any responsibility when they spend our money and that this case is the exception rather than the rule.

I found a post over at Lew Rockwell’s blog by an anonymous author who claims to be a government employee. He’s writing about American government, but it applies here just the same. Have a look:

You’re looking for a job. You want to get paid several times your worth, come and go when you please, work only when you feel like it, take as long a lunch as you want, and get ten paid holidays per year and six weeks paid vacation per year. There’s only one way to go: work for the federal government.

Few Americans, I’m afraid, have any idea, what it’s like. If they did, there would be a political earthquake. As a member of the Parasitic Class for 15 years, I have witnessed and participated in this corrupt and grotesquely unfair system first hand. I am both qualified and morally obligated to expose it.

You could, of course, call me a hypocrite. I have prospered financially beyond my wildest dreams. Given my talents and work, my standard of living is higher than anything I could earn in the private sector.

But by reading the right books, and talking at length with my wife (a private-sector employee) and our friends in the private sector, I have come to see this repugnant system for what it’s worth.

What draws people to government work? What keeps them there for a lifetime? It’s simple: overcompensation, huge benefits, and great working conditions. It’s attractive to sign up and nearly impossible to leave. That’s because the government, by and large, rewards skills and experience that are unmarketable in the private sector, at least not at the same level of pay.

Take me for example. I have a degree in political science. I write, edit, and research. The taxpayers pay me approximately $65,000 in salary, excluding benefits. I could not legally earn this in the private sector. If you don’t believe me, peruse the want ads. Salaries for “writer/editor” and “research analyst” start in the low $20s.

(read the rest here)

Is it real or, just an anonymous fraud? Try reading ‘Sarah Kramer’ at the end instead of “Mr. X” and its validity suddenly doesn’t seem so implausible. I now challenge you to try the same exercise but with with “Mr. McGuinty” instead. The exercise shouldn’t be a difficult one.

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2 Responses to “Confessions of a government employee: ‘overcompensation, huge benefits, and great working conditions’”

  1. Dave says:

    Sorry but this is bullshit, I’ve gotten paid more in private and
    got as many paid holidays, and not all Government employees
    are over paid, in fact they’re under paid and it’s a problem
    gettiing and keeping quailfied tradesmen.

    These over paid “employees” are first and foremost political party
    members, long before they were government employees. They
    have no qualifications except a degree in Pork and patronage
    and are always managers of PC orientated and ineffective departments.

    Don’t tar the honest along with the dishonest, Sarah Kramer and Mr. McGuinty have nothing in common with Joe Mill-Wright or Bill

  2. Denise says:

    Sorry but I have to agree with the last reply. I have worked with the Federal Government for 11 years and recently left and I cannot begin to tell you how the government is continuing to short change me as an employee. I resigned at the end of February and was told I owe them a whole bunch of money from past errors made by our compensation officers. As far back as 2005 and and before they give me my last pay they are conducting a full review. I should mention they did the same thing in 2008 when I left on a MAT leave. They are recovering funds from 7 years ago and this would never happen in the private sector. I have no recourse since the unions are working with the government and have never represented me once when I needed them. No one ever hears about this stuff because it just gets barried but as a Canadian Citizen and former Public Servant I can assure you that the regular workers do not have the cushie benefits the public thinks we have. Basically they reserve the right the take money from us wheenever the want. Worst job in Canada and would not recomment it to my worst enemy… food for thought

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