First he called it "pitiful," then he countered with what he termed "modest and affordable."

"He," in this case is J. David Cox Sr., the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, and his comments were made in response this week to a proposal by President Obama that all federal employees and member of the military should get a 1 percent pay raise in fiscal 2015.

"Federal employees have endured years of pay freezes and cuts in retirement benefits," Cox said. "Federal employees deserve a meaningful pay raise, not a token increase that will be more than eaten up by rising living costs, including higher retirement and healthcare costs."

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