That’s the title of a thought-provoking article at BizPacReview. Here’s an excerpt.
By 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated there were 80% more people employed by government in America than those employed in the manufacturing sector. And federal, state and local governments employed about 21 million people. By October, 2019, this number had risen to 24,421,000 government workers, if we include the 1.4 million military employees. Of this amount, 17.3% worked for the federal government, 21.9% worked for state government, and 60.8% were employed by local governments.
The expanding federal government helps to explain why this country is running a federal debt of $22.03 trillion. This is money the U.S. has borrowed and is unpaid, the result of government spending more than it collects.
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Generally, the states that are losing the highest number of residents are the states that are growing government the fastest. And states with fast-growing governments are the ones charging higher taxes, because their residents need to cough up higher payments for Big Government. Plus, more government employees result in imposing more rules and regulations, more government intrusion, more bureaucratic red tape, fatter government pensions, and higher costs. All a net drain on prosperity.
In short, our nation is being swallowed up by the government leviathan.
There’s more at the link.
We tend to think of “government workers” as those working for the Federal government; but, as shown above, there are far more working for local (municipal) and regional (county or State) governments. They seem to grow like weeds.
I wonder what success might be achieved by an electoral platform, at any level (local, regional or national), where the candidate refused to pay any attention to partisan politics, but instead vowed to reduce government bureaucracy by at least 10% during his/her term in office, and during every term thereafter? I suspect that’d be a slam dunk recipe for success!