Gazillionaire Mitt Romney Whines Gov’t Employees Earn More Than He Does

Dear old Mitt Romney is worth over $250 million, so he can mail himself a check for thousands of dollars as a reward for picking his nose if the fancy should strike him. But here he is in his finest “real worker” costume lecturing steel workers about his glue-snorting theory that federal government employees are “making a lot more money than we are.” Whoever the fictional “we” is in that sentence, they are probably cool enough not to do up the top button on their plaid work shirts, unlike Mitt Romney.

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      1. Barb

        My dream Jeopardy categories:
        Buffy the Vampire Slayer
        First Ladies of The U.S.
        Identify This Nude Picture of Matthew McConaughey

    1. Negropolis

      I love Sears. It's the only full-service department store in my city with a stand-alone, non-mall location.

      1. starfanglednut

        He sent the help out to do that. "Be a nice girl, run out and get me one of those flannel shirts. I need to pretend I have something in common with the common folk"

    2. BornInATrailer

      I know you get considerable praise, Barb, so you don't need me to fluff you.

      But damn, you are a choice comment machine, woman.

  1. nounverb911

    His frugalness better not apply for unemployment cause it's all used up, and his party faithful are going to vote down extending it.

    1. NorthStarSpanx

      Wonder what kind of wealthy douche goes on Social Security disability and Medicare the moment they can exploit the criteria?

  2. ShaveTheWhales

    So, this makes him a frugal socialist, or a social frugalist, or a frugging sloshball, or something, right?

  3. nounverb911

    "Gazillionaire Mitt Romney Whines Gov’t Employees Earn More Than He Does"
    That's because they actually work for a living.

  4. BaldarTFlagass

    Mitt, it's because even the lowly federal workers are more valuable, productive, and worthwhile human beings than you.

  5. BaldarTFlagass

    Nice plaid shirt, but could use more Canadian accent and red & green suspenders. And duct tape, the handyman's secret weapon, of course.

    1. littlebigdaddy

      And perhaps an invention that would allow one to strap a dog on top of one's car. And a visit from Buzz Sherwood.

          1. DaRooster

            Or bailing wire…
            OT- Of my old landlords, he was from Oklahoma and she from Arkansas… they used to argue over which I should use to fix stuff "duct tape" or "bailing wire".

          2. Biel_ze_Bubba

            Baling wire, a.k.a. farm wire (what they use to tie up bales of hay) for engine and muffler repair. Duct tape for everything else. My dad kept both on hand in his garage. Along with the WD40, of course!

  6. Spurning Beer

    In Mitt's defense, I don't think he has earned bupkus in salary for decades. That's where suckers make their money. Capital gains is where it's at.

    Just ask the steel workers. They know all about that shit.

    1. grex1949

      Strangely, however, Bush the younger (not his dad) was able to pull off the scam for many of our fellow Americans. Unbelievable, but true.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        That's because he was so dim that you'd never think he was "elite" in any way.

        Mitt, on the other hand, probably struggled to put his cufflinks onto that shirt.

  7. flamingpdog

    As an overpaid state gubmint employee of 32 years (tomorrow), I have only two words to say to you, Mitt Romney: "Fuck" and "you".

    1. finallyhappy

      Yeah, i wonder if dogkiller Mitt got up like I did at 5:51 am- every day(because it got so ingrained I couldn't sleep late on weekends ) for 35 years, left home for 11 hours for the commute and work (and then came home to do everything a mom of 2 has to do). Hell yeah , Mitt- FUCK YOU! Former Fed here

    1. flamingpdog

      The Mittster was either talking to 8 or 10 Rethug diehards, or he wasn't getting all the welcoming of a reception, based on the applausometer in my ears.

  8. flamingpdog

    And for me that will start by reducing federal employees by 10 percent..

    Isn't that what Michelle Obama is trying to do with the White House kitchen staff? Soundz like more Taxachusetts soshulism to me!

  9. flamingpdog

    I spent my life doing what you guys are doing.

    Sitting on your ass listening to hack politicians babble about shit they know nothing about?

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      The steelworkers spend their days running private equity investment companies, buying up businesses and firing the employees? I had no idea the steel industry had changed so much.

      Does this dipshit ever stop to listen to himself?

    2. OKthennext

      "I spent my life doing what you guys are doing."

      At Bain Capital, conducting leveraged buyouts and laying off thousands of workers?

  10. Guppy

    I think he may have meant that federal employees as an aggregate group makes more than he does, but even that's a bit of a toss-up.

  11. jmarsh04

    Hi. Government employee here. I hate this whole "Government employees make too much" argument. When you have people in charge of multi-billion dollar budgets, do you want minimum wage, high-school dropouts managing them? When you have engineers developing and sustaining satellite and weapons systems, are you going to hire any schmuck off of the street? Many senior level members of management have one or even two graduate degrees and the most they will ever make is just upwards of 150k. Yes, that's a lot but, in the private sector with that experience and education, they could earn three times that amount (or more). Are there morons who are overpaid? Just like in any large corporation, yes. But many, if not all, government employees have taken an oath of poverty to serve their country because most could earn much more in the private sector, so fuck off, Mitt. Since you're rolling in the dough, why don't you offer to be President for $40k a year. Go ahead, asshole, put your money where your mouth is. Of course, if you are elected, it will be my pleasure to serve you.

    1. Radio99%

      Wait this whole "gubmit employees make more than the public sector workers" is another misrepresented, ginned up, top-down talking point from the Föx-Russ Limbo propaganda machine? Wow, I'm shocked.

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      I'm sure a fresh graduate of Liberty University could do your job just fine…. or, if not, be your boss.

      1. Not_So_Much

        I think we should promote all the Liberty U grads that want to smarm their way into government directly to fighter pilot in retired jets. God will surely show them how to drive.

        1. not that Dewey

          Let them experience first-hand the cockpit of a designed-by-committee fighter jet catching fire.

          1. Biel_ze_Bubba

            And send a few more Liberty U. grads out with the rescue truck? I like where this is going…

    3. DaRooster

      I think that all "Public Servants" (politicians- workers are not public servants) should go back to serving the public like they did originally… which means you do it because you can… not for the lobbyists, the pay or the HEALTHCARE… they used to get nothing in compensation and they used to get things done and work together to solve issues… that BTW, is what made this country great. Not bickering to no end and finding not solutions to our problems.

  12. imissopus

    My dad has worked for the federal government for twenty years. I can assure Mittens he is not raking in a huge salary. Hell, my parents just took their first trip out of the country since their honeymoon in 1970. Sure, he's got nice medical insurance and thank dog for that because my mom had quite a few health problems in the years before she hit the magic Medicare age. And he'll get a pension when he retires, but it's not as if he'll be travelling the world on it (assuming his 401k ever bounces back enough to allow him to retire.) He went to work for the government because, after having worked for a variety of private companies that were mismanaged into oblivion, he figured the federal government "will never go out of business."

    In short, fuck Mitt Romney sideways with a rusty chainsaw.

  13. bumfug

    Right. I wonder how the local firemen decide which mansion to go home to each night. What a total tool.

    1. Franknflower

      You joke but my Republican friend once argued that competition for fireman jobs was so fierce because they make upwards of $200,000 per year. That was her justification that government workers are overpaid. In her defense, she does listen to BillO so her facts are a bit off.

      1. TitsOccupado

        I'm a retired state gummint worker, and most of the "self-made millionaires" I know are retired firefighters. Some departments are more corrupt than others, just like in private enterprise. Las Vegas NV FD had quite a deal going…

  14. Negropolis

    Poor Alien Romney. He just wants to fit in with all the other humanoids. We need to let Mitt phone home. Mitt Romney, the Republican John Kerry without the award-winning military experience and sans a moral compass.

    I can't wait til his traiterous ass gets back up here to Michigan so he can keep explaining his "Drop Dead Detroit" strategy to our workers, up here. I keep seeing Michigan being labeled a "toss up" for the next election, and it just shows how out of touch the pundits are.

  15. memzilla

    Mittens inadvertently reveals the real Rethuglican Jerbs Plan: take any sector, fire 10% of the workers, and cut the pay of the ones who remain. Who doesn't love the idea of outsourcing gummint functions to Calcutta and Singapore?

    1. Radio99%

      the 1%, MBA types like to call that a "business model." And, sadly since the Reagan years, it has been quite successful in turning profit$.

    2. Guppy

      Singapore? Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. I think public canings would bring benefits to all levels of government.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        I would gladly outsource the jobs of Senator and Representative to Singapore. Those people know how to get things done with efficiency … even their bribery is highly efficient.

  16. V572625694

    If you can't find any soldiers, sailors or airmen to whom you can express your anger at the way federal employees are overpaid, just kick your mailman in the balls the next time you see him. Better do it soon, though; the Postal Service is about to expire.

    Those TSA guys'n'gals groping you and your luggage at the airport are federal employees too. Tell 'em how much you envy their $11.30/hr starting salary, and that you're glad they're not allowed to organize.

  17. Come here a minute

    The taxpayers shouldn't have to have money taken out of their paychecks to pay people in government, who are our servants, who are making a lot more money than we are.

    Mitt knows you have to keep the servants in their place.

  18. JustPixelz

    I worked for a local government for a while. Our pay was lower than people doing comparable work in the same area. Turnover was very low though because it was a fairly secure job, nice location, and — perhaps I'm naive — we were working for public good, not someone else's private profit.

    The average salary for federal and state workers is higher than the average salary for all workers. Why? Because the government tends to hire white collar employees with college degrees. Most blue collar government work is done by contractors.

    Lately government salaries have risen relative to the rest of the population because average private sector wages have been declining for the bottom four quintiles, while public sector is more-or-less frozen.

    Instead of lowering government salaries (which doesn't help me a bit because I'm private sector now) why doesn't Mitt use his massive business brain to raise everyone else's salary? That's what he did at Bain Capital, right?

    1. hagajim

      Also – as you said – the lower paying gubbmint jobs have been outsourced to the private sector and as such aren't counted in the overall wages.

  19. DahBoner

    A guy who makes $250K ain't rich.

    But a gum'mint employee that makes $50K + generous bennies is rich?

    I think we know just who has been sniffing glue here…

  20. Biel_ze_Bubba

    "The taxpayers shoudn't have to have money taken out of their paychecks to pay people in government…"

    Yes, Mitt, that's just a terrible way to do things. We shouldn't tax paychecks. Or corporations. Or the rich.

    1. DaRooster

      No no no… we should definitely tax the poor… but to give corporations their fair kickbacks… not to keep people healthy or fed…

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        Good point … if the poorz don't like it, they should send lobbyists to DC, like everybody else does.

  21. McRibzgood

    Those Civil Servants are loaded! Every where I look I see post men in porsches and army recruiters eating caviar and caciocavallo podolico sandwiches on fancy baguettes.

  22. Chichikovovich

    "steel workers about his glue-snorting theory that federal government employees are “making a lot more money than we are.”

    In the original draft of the speech, this section read: "It used to be – really only thirty years ago, still alive in all of our memories – that American steelworkers made a comfortable middle-class, sometimes even approaching upper-middle class living, with a solid pension and security for the future, and the faith that this way of life would be available to your children if they were to choose your path. These were jobs that were the envy of working people around the world, a sign that the American dream was being realized for all America's citizens. But then, thanks to people like me and most of my major financial backers, factories were shut and jobs shipped overseas, steel companies were bankrupted with untenable levels of debt from leveraged buyouts and other financial too-clever-by-half trickery that left me and my backers rich but shattered our companies just as we golden parachuted to safety, pension funds were looted in the course of those buyouts, and unions were crushed. Because of all that I and my main financial backers did, jobs like those you, or your parents, once had don't exist anymore, and you are now fighting to stay above water, and anxious over the future that awaits your children.

    We've managed to bring the blue-collar worker's wages so low that some federal workers are making more than you are. They haven't taken their medicine, and I think you can all agree that it is their turn to share in the punishment. Today's Republican party is all about a fair distribution of pain to the 99%."

    But they dropped the first paragraph, and changed the second. Seems the original version didn't test well in the focus groups.

  23. NorthStarSpanx

    [Putting on my best statesman-like Sarah Palin impression] Hmmmmm. Really Mitt? When I was a hard-ass worker in Congress, I had to roll coins to make my phone bill payment. Thank god gas was under $1.50 a gallon in those days, otherwise I'd be marooned in my apartment for my entire young adult days.

  24. BaldarTFlagass

    Yeah, I'm a gummint guy. Pull down high six figures. Free medical and dental for life. Always fly first class at tax payers expense. Limos, fuck a taxi. Free coffee and blowjobs.


    Yeah, I'm a gummint guy. Pull down high five figures and had my last raise on 1 January 2010, might get my next raise on 1 January 2013. Decent medical but it gets crappier every year. Always fly in steerage. Always stuck with the crappiest smallest rental car available. Free water at the water fountain and I can whack off when I get home.


    1. not that Dewey

      No shit. Teabaggers have run rough-shod all over our budget. Science? Why the fuck do we need to fund science? What has science ever done for me? We haven't had a raise in over two years, the organization is losing critical expertise through Mitt's favorite process, attrition, since our hiring freeze prevents back-filling of necessary positions and we can't afford to retain the most experienced workers whose contracts are lapsing. I use 30-year-old test equipment. Our travel budget was eliminated 2 years ago when the first whiff of teaparty pressure started to emerge.


    1. Not_So_Much

      Invite Mittens over to one of your many, many houses for hookers and blow extra mormon wives and punch. You're almost twins.

  25. FakaktaSouth

    So I'm guessing these weren't union steel workers? That suuuuuucks. Also my mama has worked her way up in the Social Security Administration (so Mitt hates her double I'm sure) from a 2.39/hr clerk to a very well paid technical expert with a kick ass 80% pension that the youngins coming to wk there now DO NOT HAVE. So this "you're paying fer them to have better'n you" bullshit is money they've already taken away anyhow. In the last 35 yrs you wanna KNOW how many typical asshole Republicans around here wanna know "what all they can get and when" when they find out what she does for a living? ALL OF THEM KATIE. It's easy-hate in the abstract, "what they've paid into and earned" in reality.

  26. x111e7thst

    I'm with Mitt on this. Some gubmint workers still make enough that they can afford the occasional hot dog with their hobo beans. This is not a Great Recession we can believe in.

  27. DaRooster

    "I spent my time in business…"

    Yeah and we are sure you paid the people doing the actual work more than you were making… as all good execs do.

    1. Sue4466

      "And my business was shutting down places like this and sending jobs overseas. Go business! AMIRIGHT? Hello?"

  28. Chichikovovich

    I hope some day, when Mitt is reeling off this obviously focus-group tested line of attack, somebody asks: "Governor Romney, instead of talking about how we can tear other working people down, why don't you talk about how we can lift the steelworkers (auto workers, etc.) back up? "

    1. V572625694

      And Mitt'll say: "Take away their right to organize, get rid of any remaining tariffs on imported steel or cars, lower taxes on the rich, and just watch 'em prosper!"

      The rich, he means. Oh, and corporations too.

    1. chicken_thief

      Worked pretty well for victim Lou Sarah. And for predator Herm Cain. How long before they consolidate efforts and she accuses him of sexual harassment?

  29. JohnnyBrooklyn

    Hey, leave Mitt alone. His math was based on tax rates and he just assumed because the government workers pay more taxes than he does, they must have been making more.

  30. Maman

    That is as good a flying coach and ignoring the woman who sits next to you. I think you should like people if you are going to run for President. But I am old-fashioned that way.

    1. mrblifil

      He's referring to his speaker fee. He asks his handlers every day if he's getting his usual rate for these kind of events, and then they have to tell him that he's not being paid anything. So I guess in an odd way federal government employees make more than him, since he's without paying work right now and is paid precisely zero for his speaking engagements.

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  32. El Pinche

    Believe it or not, the mentally deficient "independents" and/or "swing voters" will fall for the plaid shirt. "OH LOOK HONEY, HE'S A WORKING STIFF LIKE ME!! DUHHHH!"

  33. mrblifil

    Tonight's discussion on Hannity with Fucker Carlson about "alternatives to Romney" only happened because of shit like this. It was very sad and depressing to watch these nimrods forced to talk up Newt Gingrich as a "real candidate." I actually felt a little sorry for them all (except for Hannity).

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