President Obama announced a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers on Monday as he sought to address concerns over sky-high deficit spending and appeal to Republican leaders to find a common approach to restoring the nationâ€™s economic and fiscal health.
â€œThe hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifice and that sacrifice must be shared by employees of the federal government,â€ Mr. Obama said at a White House news conference.
Mr. President, it is not park rangers’ fault that Wall Street decided to gamble with the global financial system and lost.
It is not FBI agents’ fault that the Republican Party wants to give tax breaks to billionaires and get them to pay for it.
It is not USDA food inspectors’ fault that you and your advisors have not bothered to tell the American people why your program is good and have gone out of your way to alienate your base.
It is not VA nurses’ assistantsÂ and caregivers’ fault that Larry Summers was so infatuated with his own economic models that he didn’t give you the right options for the stimulus or that Tim Geithner can’t figure out that this unemployment is cyclical.
Mr. President, you said at your news conference today that “this is not just a line item on a federal ledger. These are peopleâ€™s lives.â€Â You are right.Â They just happen to be lives that you don’t really care about.
Go ahead, Mark: defend this one.