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Government of the unions, by the unions, for the unions

October 18, 2010

America is hooked on government.  While reading a recent article on government employees unions, it got me to thinking.  How big is our government?  Here is what I discovered.

The Federal government currently employs 4.4 million people.  That is larger than 72 countries in the world, including:

  • New Zealand
  • Uruguay
  • Qatar
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Cyprus
  • Luxembourg
  • Brunei

If you include all government in the US, Federal, State and Local, the number of employees is a staggering 19.7 million (2006 numbers).  That is bigger than the populations of 135 countries including:

  • Angola
  • Chile
  • The Netherlands
  • Niger
  • Ecuador
  • Greece
  • Portugal
  • The Czech Republic
  • Hungary
  • Sweden
  • Austria

Total wages paid to all Federal employees is approximately $300 billion.  Only 27 countries in the whole world have a higher Gross Domestic Product! (2006 numbers)  The long list of countries who don’t produce as much money as we pay our government employees includes:

  • Denmark
  • South Africa
  • Greece
  • Iran
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • United Arab Emirates

Guess all that oil money don’t amount to much.

The astonishing fact is, while the private sector has lost 8 million jobs since the start of the recession, the public sector has gained almost 600,000.

Is it hard to understand why so many democrats/progressives want to raise taxes?  The Heritage Foundation explains it best:

The American union movement has reached a historic milestone—more union members currently work for the government than for private businesses. As a result, the union movement’s priorities have shifted. Because taxes fund government pay and benefits, unions are now pushing for tax increases across the country. The union movement that once campaigned to raise private-sector workers’ wages has transformed into a government union movement that campaigns to raise their taxes.

One can see why the outcry of the left and its union supporters in this country against the Tea Party and its mantra of smaller government is so loud.  Will the Tea Party be enough?  I hope so.  Too bad hope is what I have to rely on, cause we all know that is Obama’s platform.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. LD Jackson permalink
    October 18, 2010 7:12 pm

    Did I read that right? The public sector has added 600,000 jobs since the start of the recession? Am I the only one who thinks that is completely nauseating? Why is it so necessary for our government to grow so much in such a short period of time?

    • October 18, 2010 8:21 pm

      Awesome blog post from Doug Ross about the history of public sector unions.

      Click Here

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