Claude Cartaginese

Is Bigger Always Better?

Posted on September 4 2009 1:20 am
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate as of July 2009 was 9.4%. Economists have calculated, however, that if you add those people who are underemployed or who have gotten so discouraged they have simply stopped looking for work (and thus are no longer counted by the government as unemployed), the real unemployment rate is closer to 16.3%.

While the economic meltdown has forced companies to furlough, cut salaries, lay off employees or shut down completely, one sector seems to be poised for a massive hiring spree: the government itself.

According to Amy Goodman and the Marxists over at Democracy Now!:

The federal government is poised for a large hiring spree over the next four years. The Partnership for Public Service (PPS) says federal agencies need to hire more than 270,000 so-called “mission critical” workers by 2012 to deal with a wave of expected retirements from baby-boom workers. Overall, the survey says the government will need to hire 600,000 new workers by the end of President [Barack] Obama’s term.

So the PPS, a statist organization that bills itself as a “nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works,” is proud to announce that the size of the government will swell by another 600,000 bureaucrats, which will increase the current workforce by nearly one-third!

Of those hires, 270,000 are deemed “mission critical” according to the PPS press release and include attorneys, paralegals, investigators, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, police officers, airport screeners, customs and border patrol agents, and intelligence agents. And what of the other 330,000? They will be hired simply to fulfill Obama’s goal of massively growing the size of government for its own sake.

The PPS has spearheaded the drive to recruit new employees for the government by sponsoring federal job fairs across the country. Since government jobs have traditionally been lower-paying than those in the private sector, the PPS has focused on trying to attract those workers who would never have considered working for any bureaucratic government agency. The government’s challenge, according to Max Stier, President and chief executive of PPS, is to “win the war for talent in order to win the multiple wars it’s fighting for the American people.”

If you like big government now, and you think a large, Zimbabwe-style bureaucracy is a model we should follow, then you should love the next three-and-a-half years.

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