About Those Dastardly Public Sector Jobs


Picture 4Did you  know, if far right loons, who had not been prostituting themselves at the libertarian altar of Ayn Rand, and the Koch Brothers, had simply followed Reagan’s example, we would be at 6% unemployment now?

Of all the facts out there, of all the criticism of the far right, that one simple statistic is the most damning of them all. We would be well into a recover with only 6% unemployment, if the GOP was acting like the Republican Party and not some bunch of tea partying libertarians bound and determined to force us into austerity.

The Far Right wants to do away with even more public sector jobs.  Right now, we would be looking at at least a million more people working, employed, if Randian austerity were not being forced on us by billionaires who not only want fewer government workers, but also want to eliminate the minimum wage.  Let’s be brutally honest here.  This is about a the ultra wealthy destroying the economy of the United States so that they can get away with paying as little as possible as wages.

Think Progress
Think Progress

“...Public sector jobs at the federal level have actually remained pretty stable over the last forty years. They began and ended the period around approximately 2.8 million, with a bounce to about 3.1 million circa-1990. Public sector jobs at the state and local levels increased significantly over those forty years, peaking at a bit over 19 million total when President Obama entered office. (They’ve fallen since, accounting for the decline in overall public employment.) But nearly all of that growth was in teachers and support staff for the education system, who now total nearly 7 million of those state and local workers.

The other major categories of jobs in state and local public employment are, as Krugman noted, police, firefighters, health care workers, and maintenance workers and drivers for the country’s transportation infrastructure. And the overall population of the country has also been growing, so even though the raw number of state and local workers increased significantly, the ratio of those workers to the overall population did not — 59 per 1000 in 1980 versus 65 per 1000 today.

In fact, the hit the U.S. economy took in the fourth quarter of 2012 was almost entirely due to a drop in government spending, and the economy is in for another blow should the sequester cuts kick in. We’ve been cutting jobs that provide demand in the economy and invest in the country’s potential for future economic growth, at a time when both are sorely needed to help the economy recover….”

The far right is being manipulated into their complete lack of kindness and decency by multi-millionaire pundits who almost demonize anyone trying to make a living wage.

Crooks & Liars
Crooks & Liars

The sickening part of all of this is what the GOP has done to the economy.  In order to make Obama look bad, the GOP chose to keep people out of work.  Not only did they shoot down the Veteran’s Job’s Bill, but they KOed any possibility of infrastructure jobs.  They don’t seem to care about putting Americans back to work, only keeping Obama from looking good.  If they had done their job, we would be at about 6% unemployment.

The obvious question to ask is what sort of individuals would put their political success, political expediency ahead of the good of American men and women who need work?  Then, they have the audacity to complain about unemployment insurance, welfare, and the takers.   It sure looks like the takers on the Hill are the takers of the American Dream.

Aside from the abject cruelty involved in not only refusing to allow new jobs to be created, but then demanding that there be an end to unemployment benefits for those who just might have had a job, but then, to denigrate these people as takers is deplorable.

Just what are those nasty takers doing when they have government jobs?

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  • Public Utilities
  • Program Manager Calif State Personnel Board
  • Fire Chief
  • Civil Engineer Water Treatment Plants
  • City Engineer
  • Public Works Director
  • City Utilities Director
  • Civil Engineer
  • Police Chief
  • Police Office
  • State Police
  • Preventive Health Nurse
  • Immunization Nurse
  • Tuberculosis Nurse Administrator
  • Epidemiology Manager Nurse
  • Transportation Planner Office of Freight & Aviation
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Planning and Community Development
  • Child Welfare
  • Policy Analyst
  • Engineers
  • Home Health Nurse
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Fiscal Analyst
  • Payroll Manager
  • Utilities Engineer
  • Telecommunications Manager
  • Public Utilities Regulatory Analysts
  • Website Specialists
  • Communication Specialists
  • Social Services
  • Developmental Disabilities Case Managers
  • General Manager Resorts
  • Research Analyst Geographic Information
  • Geologist
  • Astronomy
  • Meteorology
  • Budget & Policy
  • Accounting
  • Tourism Marketing
  • Community Development
  • Town & City Managers
  • Town, County, City Administrators
  • County Libraries
  • Park Superintendents
  • Park Employees
  • Educators
  • Fish & Wildlife Administrator
  • Fishery
  • Horticulturist
  • Microbiologist
  • Range Conservation
  • Soil Conservation
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Forestry
  • Tax Auditor
  • Appraiser
  • Building Management
  • Crop Insurance
  • Loan Specialist
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Realty Specialists
  • Copyright & Patent Specialists
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Engineering Draftsman
  • Construction
  • Civil Engineer
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  • Food Inspectors
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  • Attorney
  • Claims Clerk
  • Clerk of Curt
  • Estate Tax Examiner
  • Law Clerks
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  • Dentists
  • Nurses
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  • Funeral Director
  • Guards
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  • Animal Health Technician
  • Veterinarians
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  • Oceanographer
  • Photographer
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Carley Fiorina implied that the only government jobs were those in and around Washington, as bureaucrats.  The Far Right considers these people takers.  The vast majority are very highly educated men and women who are part of the interdependent nature of our world.  Libertarians want to tell everyone, and delude themselves into believing that we need the government for very little.  What they forget is that there are multiple layers of government from local, county, state, regional, and federal.  They all work together, driving us crazy at times, but there is a purpose here.

Perhaps the most ignorant part of all of this is the fact that the far right wants everyone to think that anyone who has a government job is a taker.  They fail to take into account that every person who has a government job pays taxes.  They go out and spend most of the money they make, thereby spreading it around enabling the local grocery store to hire a couple more clerks, the gas station to hire a new attendant, and buy new shoes and clothes for their family.  They buy a new car.  They build a new house. I suspect if we were to calculate out what they put back into the economy, they would contribute far more, as makers, than the Koch Brothers, who are some of the worst takers of them all.

One can only wonder at the abjectly ignorant mind-set of someone who is incapable of understanding that jobs beget jobs. It’s nice to talk about cutting the jobs of federal bureaucrats, but we are killing our economy in the process.  Maybe we should consider cutting the jobs of the far right Koch-heads on the Hill.


One thought on “About Those Dastardly Public Sector Jobs

  1. A lot of people who take Government jobs could make more on the outside but they become Government employees because they want to help the Country. My husband retired with 32 years from Civil Service with the US Air Force – three of those years as a Marine. The day he retired, he made more money with a contractor then he made as a GM-14, but didn’t enjoy it near as much. He was an expert on support/automatic test systems who sat on numerous source selection panels getting the AF the best contract for the money. Many times he was offered extra special gratituities from the big Defense Contractors including one time when I was with him in Los Angeles, we were offered a trip to Hawaii – it didn’t affect his vote on who would get the contract at all because he would never would accept one penny more than allowed. There are many people just like him that take the Government because they love their Country.

    It is almost like because so many GOP are on the take today, they think all Government employees are moochers which couldn’t be farther from the truth. What is true is that have cut some agencies so much so they cannot do their jobs like ATF, EPA, and Education for starters but yet want DoD to grow. Who do you think gives the most money/benefits under the table? Big Defense contractors who probably give more then Wall Street.

    My more then two cents!

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