Our stern and earnest president told us that it is time for Americans to sacrifice. Gone are the good times, he’s told us. We are in for austere days, he says. Sacrifice, people, sacrifice. That is the word of the day.
Well, it’s the word for we commoners, anyway. For if you happen to be looking at government don’t expect to find any “sacrifice” going on at any level. In fact, government seems to be a boom business under the president of change and “sacrifice.”
Even CBS News scoffed at the president’s claim that we all must sacrifice when it looked into the flush times that government workers are discovering. CBS found that the average federal worker will see his benefits and pay “leap from $72,800 in 2008 to $75,419 next year.”
Some of the Feds’ hiring increases have been stunning. If you look at the four-year period from 2006 to 2010, the number of Homeland Security employees has grown by 22 percent, the Justice Department has increased by 15 percent, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can claim 25 percent more employees. (These figures assume that Congress adopts Mr. Obama’s 2010 budget without significant changes.)
CBS also points out that in a day when folks in the private sector are lucky to even have a job at all, federal workers are seeing a 2 percent increase on average.
And this is just the federal government. With the illicit power granted by state and local governments to employees unions that force ever growing and untenable pension goodies upon themselves and with the so-called stimulus money that is soon to flood into the states being applied to inflate government instead of the economy, we can be sure that working for government at any level is a sweet deal.
What we see here is that President Obama is not helping the economy at all. He is helping inflate the power of government. And, since government is only a drag on the economy, he is making matter far worse than they were.
What we have here with this perpetual Obama political campaign is not president that is a savior of the economy, but one that is the patron saint of the expansion of big government.