Friday, March 4, 2011

Government Employment Declines

You know how you always hear Orange John Boner and the rest of that Regressive bunch whining about how President Obama and the Democrats keep increasing the size of government? Well guess what -- it's the usual bunch of lies. Look at the stats released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics from an article today on

Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Friday showed that employment at all levels of government, federal, state and local, dropped in February by 30,000, to 22,217,000.

The BLS data also shows the long-term trend line: government employment has been growing for decades, no matter which political party controls the Congress, the White House or the majority of state legislatures.

What’s most remarkable about the data is where the growth has occurred: in state and local government.

Federal employment over the past six decades peaked back in 1988 (when Ronald Reagan was president!), not including the temporary hires for the 1990 Census. According to BLS data, federal headcount today is about nine percent smaller than in the late 1980s.

In contrast, state and local government has continued to grow for six decades with occasional slowing or plateaus. In 1991 there were about 15.3 million state and local government employees; today there are more than 19 million.

That's right. After all the whining from the Regressives about President Obama, it turns out that their hero, Saint Ronald Reagan Who Could Do No Wrong had the biggest government on a federal level, and it's the state and local governments that have grown government pretty consistently for the last 60 years.

Think you'll hear this factual story on fox?

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