The View From 1776

The Neo-Marxian Political Class

Apparatchiks in the public bureaucracy are the largest and fastest-growing sector in the nation’s workforce and the only ones who can be totally indifferent to productivity.  That may have something to do with the taxes we pay.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/18 at 12:45 AM
  1. It is extraordinary that a swelling of the public labor force is happening under a president who vowed to curtail it. One area that has really ballooned in staff is the White House. But it shouldn't be a surprise that the president can't change things because he is incompetent. Instead of being a true reformer as he promised to be he relies on prayers and tax cuts to do the Job.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  01/18  at  09:33 AM
  2. The British National Health Service (a wholly "free"-at-point-of-use taxpayer funded service) has had it's funding doubled since 1997 and it's productivity has decreased by about 1 to 2% each year.

    Over 20% of the British workforce is employed directly by the government. That doesn't count indirect employment - through private contractors. In other words well over 20% depend on the govt for employment.

    What proportion of the US workforce is dependent on govt in the same way? Surely not nearly as great?
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  01/18  at  12:04 PM
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