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June 1st, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Should federal employees earn more than the governors of the states where they work?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

More than 77,000 federal workers make more money each year than the governors of the states where they work. That's according to a new congressional research report. The figures are based on 2009 salaries, the most recent data available.

It comes at a time when cutting budgets and the size of government are hot button issues.

Almost a quarter of those earning more than their governors were doctors, more than 18,000 according to the report. The second-highest percentage is air traffic controllers, about 5,000 out-earned their states' governors. There are also more than 4,000 attorneys on the list, 22 librarians and one interior designer.

Say what?

Governors' salaries differ from state to state. The lowest is Maine, $70,000 a year. The highest is California, where the governor makes more than $212,000 a year. Colorado had the largest number of workers making more than its governor, more than 10,000. Delaware had the fewest, 37.

A spokesperson for the American Federation of Government Employees, a union that represents more than 600,000 federal employees, discounted the report, telling the Washington Times that many of these employees work in higher paying medical fields. Others also say many of these workers have reached those salaries after many years on the job.

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Government
June 1st, 2011
04:16 PM ET

Why do politicians think denying an allegation or changing the subject means it will go away?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Politicians never learn. They think if they deny something or change the subject when asked about it, that's the end of it. It will just go away.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)

Well, guess what? It never does. And watching them squirm as that truth dawns on them is priceless.

The latest example: New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, whose Twitter account sent out a lewd picture of a man in his underwear.

This episode was quickly dubbed "Weinergate."

You can't make this stuff up.

The Congressman, Weiner, is insisting his Twitter account was hacked and someone else sent the photo. That's the same excuse former Congressman Christopher Lee, the Republican from New York, tried in February when he was caught sending a suggestive picture of himself to a woman he was hoping to meet on Craig's List. He resigned.

Weinergate would have disappeared if the congressman had answered the question, "Did you send that photograph or not?" Instead Weiner called a CNN producer a "jackass" and carried on like some spoiled 9-year-old. It wasn't the CNN producer who came across as the jackass.

Dodging questions and denying allegations is nothing new. President Bill Clinton said "I did not have sexual relations with that woman." Wrong answer. President Richard Nixon said, "I am not a crook." He was.

And look at the mess John Edwards is in... Facing a possible long prison stretch over allegations he stole campaign funds to support his mistress.

The list of these egotistical so-called public servants is much longer than we have time for here.

Here’s my question to you: Why do politicians think denying an allegation or changing the subject means it will go away?

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Filed under: Senate and Congress