The New York Times Forgets Why Government Workers Are ‘Middle Class’ (Or even wealthy)

“…economic growth itself is what enables all the wasteful spending in Washington.  Absent the growth, Washington would have very little to spend. “



Government does not create wealth. It takes wealth. It is the private sector that pays for every single piece of the government. There is no “government” money. There are only taxpayer funds. Money is taken from taxpayers in various ways, is funneled through government, and then is given to recipients of different kinds. Some taxpayer funds go for welfare. Some goes to corporate welfare. Some, far too much, goes to the government employee class.

As a general rule we should work to reduce the size of government always. This should be the standard in this day and age. Government should always shrink. Year over year this needs to become part of the culture. Government is so far behind in what it could do to streamline using technology that this streamlining should be priority number one across the board, at local, state, and federal levels. There are far too many government workers today, vestiges of another time when stamps and paper files ruled the day.

Keep the money in the private/productive sector. It’s our money anyway.

We should be able to cut every single government agency from top to bottom by a minimum of 1% every single year for 50 years. Then we can reassess.  We’d be OK with that.

(From Real Clear Markets)

According to Times scribes Patricia Cohen and Robert Gebeloff, government jobs have historically “provided a comfortable nook in the middle class” for “generations of Americans.”  No doubt their reporting is correct in the sense that government pay can be handsome enough to afford government workers a middle class lifestyle.  Yet missed by the reporters is that the actual producers of wealth away from government had to get by on less so that government workers could have a “comfortable nook.” Reporters at the Times regularly ignore others in the real world without which there are no government jobs.  They forget that for government workers to be comfortable, there must be abundant production away from government to fund this foothold.  Don’t worry, it gets more ridiculous.

Cohen and Gebeloff add that amid an allegedly more difficult environment for those who aspire to government work, “[T] he private sector has been more welcoming.  During 97 consecutive months of job growth, it created 18.6 million positions, a 17 percent increase.” To most, a migration from the public to private sector would be a good thing for this migration at least theoretically reducing the burden on those paying the bills, but not to Cohen and Gebeloff.  They lament that work in the real world “lack[s] stability and security.” Translated, Cohen and Gebeloff think it unfortunate that government workers have to experience the same stresses and strains as those who make their jobs possible.  It brings new meaning to “Ruling Class.”  Don’t worry, it gets even worse.

The public sector works for the private sector. Period. As the employers we should demand the most efficient and low cost government available. Government is not supposed to be a works program. In most respects government should be invisible.