In typical liberal fashion, it appears that when our federal government institutes a “pay freeze”, it doesn’t mean that they want to SAVE any money and put it toward our deficit. According to Steven Chu, the Secretary of Energy, he would like to spend it elsewhere.
According to the site Government Executive, the Departement of Energy announced internally that the money saved would be “reinvested” in DoE programs:
At the time, little was known about how much Energy would save through freezing contractor pay, or how the department would use the money saved. In his announcement, Chu only said, “households and small businesses across the country are making sacrifices” because of the struggling economy and contract employees should “join the federal workforce in playing a part.”
While the pay freeze for civilian federal workers will be used, at least in part, to bring down the deficit, it appears Energy has no such intentions for its contractor workforce.
“Secretary Chu has issued principles for each laboratory to reinvest the funds not put into salary increases,” Samuel Aronson, director of the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island, N.Y., wrote in a Jan. 24 memorandum to staffers that Government Executive obtained. “Suggested uses are to promote sustainability and advance projects through Laboratory Directed Research and Development, or other mechanisms. We are required to submit a list of intended uses by the end of the day today.”
Perhaps Secretary Chu is planning on blowing this money on white paint for the roof of your house? This was the bright idea that he came up with to combat global warming…I mean, climate change.
Who get the worst deal here? The federal workers who had their pay frozen to help reduce the deficit, or the American tax payer? They both were lied to.