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Defense of Oklahoma County pay raises won't work for most

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: February 26, 2013

This is the situation in which county officials have placed taxpayers. County Commission Chairman Ray Vaughn, a Republican, said county employees need a raise. We don't disagree, but we do find the justification rather strained. Vaughn was critical of President Barack Obama for failing to extend the payroll tax cut. We're critical of Obama for failing to address long-term problems with Social Security and Medicare as well as creating a new one with Obamacare.

Most private-sector employees won't get a pay raise because the withholding tax went back to what it was. Should government workers?