When Money is Tight, the Government Keeps Hiring
I just had to share an article summarizing the collective hiring and firing practices of our state and local governments during this Great Recession. They are willing to raise taxes and fees and accept federal (our) dollars in a futile attempt to close their budget gaps. They are not so willing to drop government workers from the payroll. This will be a double-whammy for taxpayers in those jurisdictions because of the pension costs that are piled on top of everything else.
Does this mean that every government employee provides a service deemed essential? I suppose it does, if the “essential service” is helping the politicians keep their own jobs.
In the private business sector, if there were bureaucratic failures of the type that resulted in a crazed Nigerian bomber getting on a U.S. bound flight, heads would roll. How many government employees do you think will lose their jobs over that fiasco? You know how many – zero.
Can you imagine the government hiring explosion that will erupt when our economy improves sometime this next decade?