And it gets worse (via the WSJ):
Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.
It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined.
I agree with John. I think our country, in it’s current state, is doomed. We are quickly approaching a tipping point when the shit will hit the fan if we don’t start to reverse this trend. And quickly.
To borrow an analogy from biology, if the parasites overwhelm the host, it is catastrophic for both the host and the parasites. (Which is why viruses aren’t really trying to kill you, at least not quickly.) That analogy may be unfair; certainly not all government workers are parasites. Let’s try this one: if the cowboy gets bigger than the horse, both the horse and the cowboy are in trouble.
There are many reasons for pessimism these days, but first on the list is the prospect that the growth of the public sector at the expense of the private may have become irreversible.
The coming revolution in this country won’t be a race war (blacks vs whites vs Hispanics) or even a war between Liberals and Conservatives (since we have all the guns, almost all of the military training, and all of the real men, this ‘war’ would be over in a week). But rather it will be a war between government employees and the tax paying private citizens who pay their salaries and benefits.