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Since the official end of the Great Recession, America's public sector has shrunk. And shrunk. And shrunk some more. We've said goodbye to about 600,000 government jobs, handing the economy a nasty self-inflicted wound in the process.
But how small has our public sector really become? Here's one way to think about it: Compared to our population, it hasn't been this size since 1968. Your dreams are coming true Baby Boomers. We're almost all the way back to the Summer of Love!
First, credit where it's due. The Hamilton Project has produced a beautiful graph illustrating the government employment to population ratio. As it shows, there are now fewer public sector employees per American than at any time dating back to the Carter administration (To be clear, we're talking state, federal, and local here).
Originally posted by links234
The GOP fired government employees to keep the unemployment numbers high and make Obama look bad.
Originally posted by tvtexan
reply to post by LDragonFire
Not sure if it's true or not, but if it is...at the exact same time our debt has doubled!
Where is all that money going?
Originally posted by freethinker123
Can somebody explain to me the obsession with smaller government in the US, rather than a better functioning government? In other words, why aren't people as concerend with state employees doing their jobs better as much as they are wanting for them to lose their jobs?
I ask because almost all from the US talk about this small government thing, but I get the feeling its a 'belief' almost held like a religion and that hardly anybody even bothers thinking about the issue, its a given for some reason...
Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by LDragonFire
We have the most intrusive government in 45 years.
We have the most divisive government in 45 years.
We have a governmet that spends more, than in the past 45 years.
We have a government that has caused our credit rating to slip. First time in 235 years.
We have a government paying more in entitlements than in the past 235 years.
We have a government that has created more laws that have removed freedoms than in the past 45 years.
We now have a government that uses taxes in a punative matter. First time in 235 years.
We now have a government that openly uses keynesian economics. First time in 235 years.
We now have a government who creates decrees. More than in the past 235 years.
Just a simple google search shows that this false identification is being used all over the internet. It, I'm sure, is being used as a talking point to create the illusion that Obama is a "small government" president. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Government has taken over GM.
Government has taken over student loans.
Government has taken over the home lending market (Frank-Dodd)
Government has grown in the form of DHS, TSA, FDA, IRS, HHS.
Through government, our borders are now more open than ever before.
Because of government, we have placed ourselves into foreign nations business without being asked.
Government now employs drones on domestic soil.
Government now dictates free speech.
Government now challenges state rights.
Government now uses taxes as either the carrot or the stick. Government now panders to the lowest common denominator. Our current government bribes, lies, cheats. Our current government panders to the lawyer PAC's and is overseeing rationing of healthcare.
Our current government encourages social and economic "justice" instead of individuality and personal responsibility.
Our current government encourages wealth redistribution.
Our current governmen tpunishes success and rewards medeocrity.
That's what our government is.
edit on 7-8-2012 by beezzer because: typos