Michael van der Galien

There are Too Many Bureaucrats, and They Get Paid Too Much

Posted on June 8 2010 11:00 am
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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“America has too many bureaucrats and they are dramatically overpaid,” the CATO Institute’s Dan Mitchell argues in his latest must watch YouTube video. This “mini-documentary uses government data to show how federal, state, and local governments are in fiscal trouble in part because of excessive pay for a bloated civil service.”

There are way too many government workers and they get paid way too much. They make twice as much on average as the taxpayers who pay their salaries. As Mitchell says in the video, “some of the numbers are absolutely shocking.” Take, for instance, the fact that 20% of federal bureaucrats earn more than $100.000 a year. Or that the amount of such bureaucrats making more than $150.000 a year has doubled in the last two years.

Watch it:

Mitchell is right. And although it may not be the most interesting of issues, it’s important for conservatives and libertarians to talk about nonetheless. Kudos to Mitchell for doing so.

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