by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The American Federation of Government Employees, that has an office here on Guam, vehemently opposes President Barack Obama's proposal to freeze the pay of federal civilian employees for the next two years. The president announced his proposal as he seeks to get the government's deficit under control. The freeze would hit all civilian workers in the government, including those at the department of defense but not military personnel.
In a release issued today, AFGE National President John Gage calls the proposal a "superficial panic reaction to the draconian cuts his deficit commission will recommend". Gage says a federal pay freeze will save peanuts at best and says the president is asking federal workers to share the sacrifice but millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street get their bailouts and astronomical bonuses plus tax cuts.
The proposal would require congressional approval and is expected to result in more than $5 billion in savings.