We were shocked (not shocked) when we saw the news that The Russian Usurper, after signing the Billions for Billionaires legislation has decided to not give a measely 2.1% pay raise [value: $21B Ameros] to Federal Employees. After all, he’s gotta balance that $1.5 trillion-Amero hole he blasted through the budget somewhere. That wall ain’t gonna pay for itself (and neither will Mexico), and dammit, he needs to find some loose coin for his ego-boosting Soviet-style military parade, amiright?
“We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” the president wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.
Under Trump’s policy, roughly 1.8 million people wouldn’t get an automatic pay boost next year, including Border Patrol and ICE agents.
Saving $25 billion is a drop in the ocean, compared to the $1.5T tax cuts (yes with a “T”, fiscal responsibility my pretty pink ass), almost all of which went to the dudes in the corner offices, and none went to the Americans who live from check to check.
But, you know, reality has a strange liberal bias, as most (but certainly not all)
of those 1.8 million federal employees live in and around Washington DC, and probably a huge percentage live in suburban Virginia, so there is a possibility that Rep. David Brat (Eric Cantor’s teabagger replacement from the 2014 Pie Fight) just got some more bad news. You see, his opponent Abigail Spanberger used to be a federal employee. Brat’s district is R+6 and in a wave year, he’s likely to be toast. And there’s more on Spanberger/Brat here, that is VERY INTERESTING, and is likely to make those federal employees sit up and twitch their ears.
Sure, it’s not a 2.1% raise, but it’s not nothing. Come’on, Virginia, vote the bastards out!