During economic CONTRACTION, salaries should contract NOT increase. Did the economy improve by 17% to 83%? No? It dropped in value, has been dropping in value since the FIRST American dollar was printed. So what business does ANY American bureaucrat have in demanding anything more than (1) inflation or (2) rate of improvement of economy, as a raise increment to salaries? Private sector cannot afford these increments, so public government sector certainly cannot pay more than inflation or this will cause imbalances in earnings between public and private sectors!
YOU the people have not been paying attention to what is going on or how they dare to approve such salary increments while the country economically and militarily implodes while 20-60 times what inflation is – meaning profiting off the people. Vote in Congressmen, Senators, Governors and a President who are non-plutocrats, non-nepotists, non-hawks and people who will not accept or write policy of increasing salaries beyond inflation rate while the country collapses.