We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
We linked this piece at Reason earlier this week, but it's worth highlighting. Class War - How public servants became our masters. One quote:
The United States had 2.3 state and local government employees per 100 citizens in 1946 and has 6.5 state and local government employees per 100 citizens now. In 1947, Hodges writes, 78 percent of the national income went to the private sector, 16 percent to the federal sector, and 6 percent to the state and local government sector. Now 54 percent of the economy is private, 28 percent goes to the feds, and 18 percent goes to state and local governments. The trend lines are ominous.
Don't you wonder why 1947 was selected? Right after WWII was over and an big downward dive in Fed employment. Maybe overall the ovservation makes a valid point but it comes off as knee-jerk to my liberal mind. Hit your site quite by accident - unlikely to return - but peace be with you anyway.
Since Hoppy won't be back, I'm talking to myself. Frankly, I don't understand what his chart has to do with the price of beans since the article focuses on the increase in governmet employees at state and local level. And it doesn't cover the semi-private job increase brought on by bigger government such as lobbyists, lawyers, CPAs, etc. necessary to deal with these systems or contract workers that depend on the gov't for their jobs.
In other words, there is a whole private sector involved in voting in their favorite alderman, council member, municipal service district rep, etc. Like a Ponzi scheme in that, some time or another, there aren't going to be any people manufacturing goods that can be sold to earn the money that can be taxed to pay for these "service" workers.
Hoppy makes a fair point, but the principle holds even if you pick 1937 or 1957.
I would be suspicious of H's general goodwill, however. It is my experience that those who sign off on the internet with "Cheers" or "Peace" actually mean "F-you." H's form is a little different, and may be innocent, but my eyebrows are raised.
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