The public is claiming that we need to get “special interests” out of government. However, research reveals that government is its own special interest, and, it is exploding in size. And, both political parties are to blame.
During the last decade there has been only a one (1%) percent increase in private sector employees. But, there has been a fifteen (15%) percent increase in government employees. At the beginning of the current “recession” the U.S. Transportation Department had only one (1) employee making, with benefits, over $170,000 per year. Today (2013) they have 1,690 employees making over $170,000 per year.
At the same time, the U.S. Department of Defense had 1,868 employees making, with benefits, over $150,000 per year.
Since the recession started the number of government employees making over $100,000 per year doubled in just two (2) years.
In 2009 employees in the private sector made, with benefits, $61,051 per year.
At the same time, Federal employees made, with benefits, $123,049 per year.
There are now (2013) 21,300,000 government employees just in the U.S. Thus, 16% of the voting electorate work for the government. If you include the spouse or another close associate of the Federal employee, then you have 32% of the voting electorate who will never vote for a reduction in Federal spending.
William L. Comer