I think we'll all see the bigger picture of this as (if) months roll on. I got to say though, when figuring in the benefits package, I think it unfair to say things like "AVERAGE EMPLOYEE" when the top scale WS jobs (WS 12-15) are a massive number of people at all ends of the Federal Government, and the WG(wage Grade) such as me and countless others are a pawn to that $130K statistic. At most active military installations, the Blue Collar are WG 3-11, maxing out at around $31 an hour.
My point, Wage Grades have 5 steps up the ladder they get through longevity, where the much higher paid GS white collars have 10 steps, again think of it as longevity pay. Without overtime and all being equal the GS maxes out around $50K a year more than the WG scale maxes out. As always in government, the more physical your job is, the less you are getting paid. And any installation cannot function without a strong blue collar presence from pipe fitters, electricians, plumbers, carpenters, boiler men, sewage treatment and water management, riggers and so many other titles.
Get off of military facilities and into the bloated Pentagon and other brick and mortar departments with a thousand GS12 and above, all maxed out ar step 10, well... the CURVE is HIGHLY distorted and top heavy.
it's easy to say also to include the part of the benefits paid by the Feds, but no one seems to mention that an employees making a base of $42K a year is dishing out 500 a pay period for THEIR share of benefits, so 14% or so percent out of your pay for those benefits ( and frankly most of the health care plans in the government are no where near a free ride, you still have sizable copays of doctors and meds.
My job is competitive in my area, better put Civilians are making about the same in my area as I do. Jobs are scarce, but competitive in pay.
So, the ax hasn't come down yet, but no matter how you look at it, we will be getting 20% less pay, and reduced EARNED benefits like sick-leave and annual-leave. Both are based on 40/80 time periods, not the 32/64 hour weeks we will now be working. It takes 4 weeks to earn 1 sick say (160 hours) but since our hours are to be cut back, it will take 5 weeks to earn 1 sick day, and annual time gets reduced much more.
I agree the Fed is bloated, what I think everyone should fear is where the cutting will be and how that effects all of us - Fed employees pay Fed tax too you know.
When service that people take for granted or depend on are shut down, and we've all heard how far this could stretch, the best we can hope for is a surgical cut to reduce expenses, not run the the government with a chain saw blind folded.
This President wants to take everything EVERYONE makes and, like a shared tip jar at a restaurant, divvy out the jar equally to all from busboy, to bartender to servers, no matter who earned the most. This equaltarian regime where everyone (not just the 47%ers) will get their even piece of the pie and look for the government to hand them their chunk, whether they earned none or much more that anyone else. Sadly, he's creating a country where for the first time, children will not have more opportunities than their parents.
The biggest threat to our country's future lives and works around Capitol Hill, We are STALLED and rather than putting fuel into an empty tank to get it started, we're just going to sit here and wait for evolution to put sails on the car so it will restart.
Just remember, as this Sequestration develops, everyone will be effected, from the poorly un-inspected meats you buy, to finding a place that can watch your kids while you work to afford someone to watch your kids so you can work - it is a vicious cycle that will involve us all directly eventually.
Last though, take away all the zeros and when you compare 85(B) to 1.5(T) it is the same as saying "Okay we have 1500 dollars in debt we want to get rid off, so out of the 1500, we cut 85 dollars in DOD costs. 85 out of 1500, it isn't even enough to to see a blip in the big picture.