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Defrost federal pay

Defrost federal pay

In certain circles, it’s always open season on the federal workforce. They are goldbrickers or the “deep state,” they are incompetent or corrupt, they are job-killers or they are paper-pushers wrapping everything in red tape and bureaucracy. So when President Donald Trump announces — as he did on Thursday — that he wants federal workers to have no pay raise in 2019, one can almost hear the cheers rise up.

Here’s the problem with that. Whether your vision of a federal worker is a devil in a grey suit or it’s a VA doctor helping a wounded veteran, a scientist protecting the quality of your drinking water or your medicine, or a Social Security worker making sure the retiree in your...