Letter to the Editor | Tax cut hurting federal workers

Letter to the Editor | Tax cut hurting federal workers

And so it begins. The president who is surprised that we are not more grateful for the gift of a tax cut he and the Republican majority in Congress gave last year to the richest is now canceling pay raises for federal workers with the excuse that "we must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and the federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases."

If the deficit hadn't been increased a trillion dollars by the tax giveaway, maybe the government could afford to pay its own employees fairly.

Medicare and other social services will inevitably be next, as long as Republicans retain total control of the government.

SUSAN GARNSEY

Champaign