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Right now some new information about the sequester you know all the budget cuts that were supposed to inflict terrible pain upon the federal government workforce.
-- the feds appear to still be hanging out the help wanted signs big time posting a whopping.
Job openings and some of them with a really fat paychecks the median salary for these openings.
Tops out at seven 6000 dollars a year.
The Defense Department is now recruiting dozens and dozens of bartenders and waiters.
And if they work full time these employees could earn more than 3.4.
Million a year.
Plus remember the furloughs for the air traffic controllers.
Well the TSA is hiring as well looking for quality assurance and logistic management workers.
Who would earn more than 137000.
Dollars a year each.
All these new hiring comes on top of the money to federal government already shells out for members of congress.
Who can earn more than 200000.
Dollars a year that does not even include their perks like.
Free parking at the airports.
Near the capital thousands of dollars in tax deductions and car lease allowance.
Allowances I should say.
Joining us now to talk about all this Steve Moore the senior economics writer for the Wall Street Journal so.
As an economics writer Steve in a time of sequester does this make any sense at all.
Well you know -- we all thought that the federal government was actually laying off our current yeah now what we're fighting now with this new reported there hiring people so.
The federal government is not shrinking it's actually continuing to grow.
And when you've got 27000.
Odd jobs that have to be filled and by the way you know luck with that two to three million person work force the federal government's gonna have some natural turnover and they get -- that.
You know fill some positions -- -- some of those jobs that you know we're talking about as you said bartenders I saw one from golf instructor I saw one for running bowling -- I -- John I don't think ghost town to it didn't satchel and urgent to me at a time when the federal government as far as is laying off air traffic.
Controllers and other essential people I think that's not wrong with this picture.
Yeah I've got a son in the army I want our army to have the best equipment there has -- one of the jobs they're looking for is some kind of recreation supervisor.
In -- why he.
-- -- 1101000.
Dollars plus a 12%.
Cost of living adjustment.
To oversee recreational facilities.
Yeah how how do I get that job to not have heard about.
Eleven why sounds pretty good debate and yeah look I think people are pretty angry about this report because what it's showing -- -- these are supposed to -- lean times for government.
A lot of the essential things that we care about people who.
Who were -- -- at airports because we didn't have enough air traffic controllers remember we have the big story that box covered about the they couldn't do the White House to worst.
Those kinds of thing about -- where they're talking about shutting down Yosemite and Yellowstone right.
This summer because they're not gonna happen out of people get their hiring people per.
For these nonessential activities -- Janet Napolitano the Homeland Security secretary was telling us that we were gonna have terrible lines at the airport because of furloughs of of TSA screeners.
Well they are hiring apparently 436.
More of them.
Yeah you know what what's interesting John I've done some investigating -- -- -- And what I've found is that is some of the agencies like the Department of Education.
The Department of Agriculture are not for allowing anyone and so.
What's interesting to me is what it looks like is the White House is doing the furloughs of the most essential people so you -- you feel the most pain as a consumer government rather than the people who are expendable and I don't I don't see the logic in -- in private industry there would be something called hiring freeze and frankly there are hiring freezes in industries and companies all across this country.
But apparently not the federal government.
Because the federal government cannot prioritize you cannot cut the nonessential things.
What it would always cuts -- -- opens and the reason they do that -- -- -- people run the congress and say stop the -- stop the cuts we -- this essential services but you know that the American people know there's a lot of waste in government and its reports like this that pointed out to any government doesn't seem to know how to run itself as a business Steve Moore always good time you thank you.
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