MICKEY KAUS: Psst! Rand Paul Was Right About Federal Pay. “So you have apples in that pay basket! When I heard that Rand Paul had claimed that average federal employee’s compensation (including benefits) was more than $120,000, I thought that can’t be true. Then I read Media Matters’ lengthy response to the claim.”I have to scold both Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) and Mickey Kaus: they fail to adequately account for the high cost of living that many Federal employees face. Many (most?) Federal employees live and work "inside the beltway." Well, it turns out that seven of the ten wealthiest counties in the United States are around our nations capital: Loudoun County, Va.; Fairfax County, Va.; Howard County, Md.; Arlington County, Va.; Montgomery County, Md.; Calvert County, Md.; and Charles County, Md.
Profligate government spending in and around DC has driven up the cost of living to the point that an honest Federal employee needs to make a small fortune just to get by. How about a little more sympathy for their lot in life!