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May 12, 2009
Duh - Obama's budget means massive increase in federal workforce
I should apologize for blogging a story like this except highlighting the fact that the federal workforce numbers will skyrocket under Barack Obama is the best way to show the American people how drastic the changes the president is trying to implement.
Declan McCullagh on the CBS News website:
At a time when the official unemployment rate is nearing double digits, and 6.35 million people are receiving unemployment benefits, the U.S. government is on a hiring binge.
Executive branch employment - 1.98 million in 2009, excluding the Postal Service and the Defense Department - is set to increase by 15.6 percent for the 2010 fiscal year. Most of that is thanks to the Census Bureau hiring 102,000 temporary workers, but not counting them still yields a net increase of 2 percent in one year.
There's little belt-tightening in evidence in Washington, D.C.: Counting benefits, the average pay per federal worker will leap from $72,800 in 2008 to $75,419 next year.
Meanwhile, according to Forbes' layoff tracker, there have been 558,087 layoffs since November 2008 at large public companies; even local school districts aren't immune. That's just a sliver of the total unemployed, which government data estimate to be 8.6 percent of the workforce, or an alternate method of reckoning that counts discouraged workers puts at 20 percent.
Some of the Feds' hiring increases have been stunning. If you look at the four-year period from 2006 to 2010, the number of Homeland Security employees has grown by 22 percent, the Justice Department has increased by 15 percent, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can claim 25 percent more employees.
Is this a great government or what?
More bureaucrats not only means more regulation, more wasteful spending, more interference in our lives, it also means more loyal Democratic voters. It would be interesting to see a map of where most of these hires took place. Some in Washington, certainly. But regional offices tend to fatten up in times like this as well. And don't be surprised if those offices are in states that are up for grabs in 2012.