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Who pays the bill?

President Obama recently committed what was widely described as a gaffe when he said “the private sector is doing fine.” Gaffes can range from a strategic error of judgment to an inadvertent slip of the tongue (like when he said we have 57 states). However, when he continued his statement urging congress to send more federal aid to boost state and local government hiring, the alleged gaffe fit the context of the narrative.

Additionally, his remarks fit sentiments he has also previously expressed:

“…workers like you, for the federal, state, and local governments, are so important for our vital services, And it frustrates me sometimes when people talk about ‘government jobs’ as if somehow those are worth less than private sector jobs.”

From “Dreams of My Father” his description of his brief private sector employment as “like a spy behind  enemy lines.”

The President and first lady’s frequent extolling of the value of public service careers at commencement addresses.

According to the census bureau in 2010 the numbers of government workers in various sectors were:

Federal (civilian) employees                                  3,007,938
State Employees                                                         4,377,777
Local Employees                                                       12,203,840
Total non-military Public Employees               19,589,555

Analysis of federal data finds Federal employees earn higher average salaries than private-sector workers in more than eight out of 10 occupations.  Take a look at average compensation of workers in different sectors in 2009 before many private sector workers had their wages cut:

 

Without doubt, teachers, police, etc are instrumental in a civilized society; many government workers are dedicated, hard-working employees.  But when one attends a family dinner, is the one who pays the bill insignificant?

What is the public employee burden on private sector employees?  How many private sector workers does it take to support a government employee?


*  Source: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/income/2010-08-10-1Afedpay10_ST_N.htm


So if the cost of one federal government employee is $102,015 and the private sector worker contributes $8,194 in federal tax it takes 12.45 private sector workers to cover the cost of one federal government employee.     
And if the cost of one state or local government employee is $52,809 and the private sector worker contributes $5,540 in state and local tax it takes 9.53 private sector workers to cover the cost of one state and local government employee.   

Given that the private sector pays the bill for the existence of the public sector, if the President’s priority is improvement of the economy, it would seem allowing the bill payers to prosper would take precedence.

Have a fulfilling and profitable day,

WC (Bill) Augustine

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