Heritage - Memos to Conservatives; Federal Employee Pay Study from Heritage

The Conservative Action Project, which is chaired by former Attorney General Edwin Meese and includes CEO’s of over 100 organizations from across the conservative movement, released the two attached Memos to the Movement.

The first Memo commends the Tea Parties for promoting a renewed enthusiasm for limited government, the rule of law and American sovereignty.  

The second Memo outlines the issues with the new Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill that is pending a final vote in the U.S. Senate. This 2,000 plus page bill would institutionalize Wall Street bailouts which will be funded on the backs of taxpayers, and it will hurt Main Street banks across the country.

I encourage you to read the Memos, visit the links to the organizations included, and share these Memos with others.

Your Tax Dollars At Work: Federal Employees Are Paid How Much?

If you read USA Today, you might have seen Heritage analyst James Sherk’s op-ed on federal employee pay on Wednesday. The op-ed was an overview of Sherk’s comprehensive study, Inflated Federal Pay How Americans Are Overtaxed to Overpay the Civil Service. In it, Sherk finds that when benefits are included, the average federal employee makes 30-40% more than the similarly situated private sector worker. If we eliminated the pay disparity, it would save taxpayers about $47 billion a year.

Speaking of taxpayers, Americans for Tax Reform has produced two items that may be of interest to you. The first is an Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card. This card will “entitle” you to be exempt from a tax increase if your family makes less than $250,000 per year, as President Obama promised when he was a candidate.

The second is a list of all the tax increases that will take effect next January if Congress fails to act. It would be, by far, the largest tax increase in history and threatens to further weaken the economy.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance to you. Be sure to check www.heritage.org for our ongoing analysis and commentary as well as www.insideronline.org for public policy analysis from around the conservative movement.