The financial woes of our country take many forms. The media go on at length about many of them. However, we don't hear much about those who are providing solutions to these problems.
Our elected officials surely aren't among them. All of us, in some measure, should be. Among the few who actually are - the employees of the federal government.
Over the last 10 years, Congress has enacted laws making budget savings of at least $103 billion (more than $50,000 per employee) from current and future federal workers. This includes a two-year pay freeze and increased retirement contributions. Now, the so-called "sequester" makes heavy additional demands on them.
We're talking about those who make the Defense Department run, conduct critical research at the National Institutes of Health, monitor our borders, care for our veterans, safeguard our airlines, thwart terrorists, and deliver our mail. Countless others provide various services needed and valued by us all.
Both active and retired federal employees support a voluntary organization that, among other things, works to keep them from being singled out when Congress looks for budget savings. To learn more about this organization, the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), which has chapters in this area; consult its website, search for NARFE.
Our local congressmen address this issue quite differently. Rep. Frank Wolf, a Republican from the 10th District, understands and appreciates what federal workers do and treats them fairly. On the other hand, there are few more committed adversaries of these workers than Wolf's Republican colleague from the 6th District, Rep. Bob Goodlatte.
Bob Lowerre, Woodstock