'Essentially Un-American': Varney Calls Out Bloated Salaries of Federal Gov't Employees
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Stuart Varney said a new report about federal employee pay is a sign that government bureaucracy is out of control.
According to the report, titled “Mapping the Swamp” and released by government watchdog group OpenTheBooks, 400,000 federal employees make more than $100,000 a year, 30,000 make more than $190,000 and 78 departments and agencies have an average employee salary of $100,000 or more.
It also revealed that the average federal employee is given considerable paid time-off, including 10 federal holidays, 13 sick days and 20 vacation days per year.
"Granted, many of these highly-paid government workers have professional qualifications. Got it. And they work in very stressful situations. Got that too. But it grates, doesn't it?" Varney said on Fox Business Network on Wednesday.Article continues below
He said it's annoying that a small business owner who wants to expand might have to ask for permission from a federal employee who makes more than they do - and who doesn't like business in the first place.
He also noted that it was federal employees at the IRS who targeted conservative groups, and it was officials within the FBI and Justice Department who engaged in an apparent conspiracy to support Hillary Clinton and trash then-candidate Donald Trump.
"It is essentially un-American. This country was not built by pampered, highly-paid government workers," Varney said. "Yes, they played a part, but the days of ever-expanding government came to an end, I think, on November the 8th, 2016."
"It may have come to an end earlier if we'd known how much our bureaucrat masters actually make."
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