The Swelling Parasite: How The Federal Government Rewards Itself For The Recession

In the real world, when you give someone responsibility for a task, if that person fails in the task then they are usually demoted in some way. The responsibility is taken from them.

For some insane reason the American people have, since the 19-teens at least (Yes, long before FDR’s New Deal—which illustrates my point), given the Federal government responsibility for a prosperous economy.

They have totally failed, and they get to reward themselves for doing so.

Specifically, rather than ceding power and labor to the private sector, they simply confiscate more labor resources from the economy and insert them into the bureaucracy. They’ve done such a bang-up job they deserve to grow. The number of Federal employees expanded fourteen percent in the last eight years.

The recession largely bypassed the Federal government,” explained James Sherk, a Senior Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation. “While the private sector still has not recovered the jobs lost during the 2008-2009 downturn, the Federal government has substantially more employees than it did in late 2007.”

The “workforce grew by 258,882 employees, from 1.88 million to 2.13 million” from 2004 to 2012, while “[s]pending on total government-wide compensation for each full-time equivalent (FTE) position grew by an average of 1.2 percent per year, from $106,097 in 2004 to $116,828 in 2012,” according to the report.

The report noted that “the Departments of Defense (DOD), Homeland Security (DHS), and Veterans Affairs (VA) – accounted for about 94 percent” of the workforce increase.

Per employee, “spending rose at an average annual rate of 1 percent per year (a 7.9 percent increase overall).”

“On average federal employees make more than equivalently skilled workers in the private sector,” Sherk noted. “Federal employees should not have to make financial sacrifices to serve the public, but they shouldn’t get overpaid either. The government should aim for parity between private and government pay.”

A 2012 CBO report revealed that “[f]ederal workers whose education culminated in a bachelor’s degree averaged 15 percent higher total compensation than their private-sector counterparts,” while average benefits for the same category of federal workers “were 46 percent higher.”

These are the people to whom Obama recently gave a raise. We are supposed to feel sorry for them because “they have been the targets of unending attacks.” I’m sure they are weeping all the way to the bank.

Only in government can it become a rule to “never let a crisis go to waste” because the government is never held accountable for the crises it causes. Instead, it gets rewarded. That’s the whole point of giving IRS workers bonuses. Their bosses want them to learn that breaking the law and harassing conservatives for Obama’s sake isn’t a deviation from their purpose as government agents—it is what they were hired for.

The Federal government is telling us that its job is to let terrorist attacks take place, get us involved in unnecessary wars, spy on peaceful people who have done nothing wrong, and ruin the economy. It is paying itself for a job well done.