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Private Jobs vs Government Jobs

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

OK, let’s play the logic game. I’m going to fly solo here using nothing but common sense, which seems to be pretty uncommon these days. Where does the government get their money from? Assuming they don’t print it themselves I’m going to say taxpayers. Or more specifically, private industry. So can we agree that the economic engine of the federal, state, and local government is taxpayer dollars? So if you look at every government job out there, from teachers, to attorneys, to legislators, these are all funded by the people and their hard work in the private sector, right? Let’s be clear about this. Teachers don’t get paid without private industry money nor do senators or representatives. I just want to be crystal clear on this. Government jobs produce no wealth. Even the tax dollars withheld from their paychecks come from the wages that private industry hands over to the government coffers in the form of taxes. So what is the point I am trying to make here? If we keep growing government sector jobs and paying them more and more money, we are going to run out of producers on the private side to keep paying the bills. Is this not logical? We keep vilifying business and we keep jacking up teacher salaries (which by the way, I took a look at some teacher salaries here in Iowa and they ain’t doing so bad for a 9 month salary; I was actually shocked to see teachers in the $60K range) then we are headed for a train wreck. No accountability here, just keep swiping the government credit card. It’s pure madness.

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  1. Mike
    December 5, 2010 at 02:26

    A couple of things to consider when you suggest that government jobs produce no wealth. Really? So by not plowing the snow off the roads this morning business would what, hire more workers to service all the customers that don’t make it to the business? Who do you think builds the roads the take customers to businees, employees the contractors that build the roads? I’ve worked both private and government and I can tell you I spend more time in the office as a government employee. Many assume on overtime, wrong. Look I see plenty of waste and could list about 100 improvements to governement that could same taxpayer dollars. Tax dollars that I pay as well. I’m actually on board with your much of your comments, just not the sweeping generalizations. Hell, give me the teachers to plow snow when the schools are closed or give me the teachers to mow city owner properties during the summer when they are off….

    • Pink Lloyd
      December 5, 2010 at 03:15

      Mike you still did not prove to me that government creates wealth. And that is simply because it does not. Government provides a service with our tax dollars. The point I intended to make is that we control government and they can’t do a thing without our funding. And furthermore, anytime someone spends someone else’s money, it will not be as efficient as if you were to spend your own. That’s why limited government was the original design, I believe. You have shared stories of the inefficiencies so I know you will agree with this. We live in a town that proves without a doubt the inefficiencies of government.

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