I want to see if I've got this right: The government is busy today capping more bank salaries, but refusing to say boo about exploding government worker salaries.

Capping those greedy bankers: fine. Clamping down on all those six-figure federal workers: not fine.

Because never mind both the number of bankers and what they make have declined double-digits over the last 18 months; the number of federal employees making a $100,000 or more has jumped five percent in the last 18 months.

And, as a fascinating USA Today analysis of federal salary data revealed, that's not even including overtime pay and bonuses.

Not bad work, if you can get it.

And if you're a government worker, damn good pay if you're lucky to have it; about 30 percent more than the average private sector worker. And apparently growing, because government jobs among the hottest out there.

And in an economy that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector, damn near boom times in the public sector. Nice for even mid-level government guys, whose salaries are soaring. Not so great for mid-level banking guys, whose salaries are not.

Then again, bankers make more money. And we as taxpayers have given them a lot of money.

So not a surprise Washington's hot to control their money. It's just that, for my money, this is all a bit rich.

Washington fixated on setting pay for those it controls, but saying not a damn thing about the pay for those it employs.

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