At a time when Virginia state employees have been laid off and Maryland state employees face layoffs (partly due to recession, but partly due to program costs transferred to the states by the federal government), President Bush has issued a federal order approving raises for many federal employees of up to 30 percent.
"The Office of Management and Budget was unable to estimate the overall costs of the raises," the Washington Times reported. Oh, well, what difference does that make? It's only money. Yours.