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3 Reasons Public Sector Employees are Killing the Economy

April 1, 2010 by  

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Jim on the left coast

    Lets see, if we follow this road, there won’t be enough private sector jobs to pay for all the government workers so government will have to raise taxes higher on everyone, including government workers. Its kind of like a snake eating its own tail.

  • Norb Leahy

    Government Employee Unions
    The 1972 Law that allowed government employees to join unions should be repealed. Because unions are allowed to contribute billions of dollars to political campaigns, they are now able to co-opt the legislative process to ensure that they will have never-ending increases in funding for their groups. I’m sure the Congress and Senate who passed the 1972 Law were bought and paid for by the unions they “paid back” with the 1972 Law. California continues to be bankrupt with no solution in sight because of this interdependence between unions and politicians. Politicians work for the union government employees; they do not work for the registered voters in their city, county, district or state. There are several solutions to this dilemma.
    1. Campaign contributions should be restricted to registered voters in the candidates’ city, county, district or state. Special interest groups can pay for their own ads to get their point across and exercise their “free speech”.
    2. The 1972 Law that allows government employees to join unions should be repealed. These are civil service jobs that already had their own procedures, the only reason for allowing them to join unions was to create this conflict of interest. These employees elect the same politicians who approve their ever-increasing budgets.
    3. Government should follow the same rules we citizens follow. Government borrowing should be limited to 3 times their revenue and be able to afford to pay off the principle and interest on their debt up to 28% of their total income. If we did this, the permanent National Debt Ceiling would be $7.3 trillion with no hope to increase it. Government would have to live with it; we do.
    4. Government employees should have the same retirement plans we private sector folks have. That would require terminating all government employee defined benefit pension plans and converting them to defined contribution age-weighted and 401k plans.

  • pat


    • Martha Cable

      Pat and I are beating the same drum. Make that state employee a nurse hired through affirmative action and you have someone whose job performance, (or non-performace) puts lives at stake. When that nurse is found incompetant and reported by her fellow nurses, she now calls the race card and a witch-hunt is on, (because it certainly isn’t HER fault that she won’t or can’t do her job properly and of course she won’t admit that), so the state searches for a scapegoat after she finger-points. Because of course, the state fears the word “racist” most of all. After all the trouble, the unit is never the same between morale and trust of those in charge. The issue was never about her color, but the concern the other nurses had for their patients, who couldn’t speak for themselves. THIS IS AN ACTUAL INCIDENT.

  • Mary Cronk

    An idea whose time has come

    For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they didn’t pay into Social Security, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that is being considered…in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop. This is a good way to do that. It is an idea whose time has come.

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution

    “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States .”

    Proposed 29th Amendment to the United States Constitution

    “Congress shall make no law without funds in the United States Treasury to pay for it. Congress shall make no unfunded mandate to any or all the states”

  • jdalabama

    Hold on a sec. I agree that blue collar workers in the Gov’t are unionized and overpaid compared to thier private industry counterparts. But, this is in no way true for professional employees who make considerably less than they could in the private sector.

    • bbstacker

      They made the choice to take the job. That is their ambition, or lack of it, to take a gov’t job for the “security”. And the rule…All together now: Those who would trade Liberty for security with end up with neither.

      • http://aol mike

        I am a retired municipal employee with the government perks that were given to me when I took the job. At that time my salary was substantially lower than the private sector, however, I chose the career for security reasons and the benefits. Sounds to me that most of the whiners out there who chose a different path should stop whining and deal with the career they chose.

  • Eric Robinson

    When you consider how many private sector workers it takes to support ONE govt. worker, to any sane person, the number or govt. workers and programs should be kept to the barest minimum, because they represent an economic equation that doesn’t work, especially if increases in their numbers or increases in their compensation is allowed to grow .00001% more than the ACTUAL rate of inflation, or expansion in the economy, AND, if a public employee or govt. agency/program continues to be funded after it demonstrates an inability or unwillingness to perform the task it has been assigned, it become part of the problem, not the solution, and its existence compounds the net economic burden that govt. imposes on the economy and society.

  • Mike Hendry

    All jobs that the State and Federal have should be turned back to private industry..after all who is paying the all the bills?? Stop all the Unions they are ruining our country…

  • s c

    I have a question. If union members were asked about THE source of their ‘approach,’ how many do you think really KNOW that their “collective bargaining” came from a source who HATED America and lived to see it DESTROYED? That anti-American source was LENIN (yes, THAT Lenin). Beyond that, how many union members CARE that they’re continuing an anti-American, freedom-hating philosophy? A six-pack of premium beer says that most union members will never believe the Lenin-union connection. So much for ‘knowing’ history, eh?
    What price integrity, union folks? Union members, if you don’t know your own history, why should you expect to have a future? This is America. This is NOT RUSSIA.

    • U All Gibbons

      Your questions cannot be answered because they are not legitimate.

      Vladimir Ilyich Lenin born Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was a Russian revolutionary and communist politician who led the October Revolution of 1917. The earliest unions in America were the Mechanics’ Union Trade Association in 1827, nearly a full century before Lenin’s beliefs were popularized. The next established union that made an impact was the Grand National Consolidated Trade Union founded in 1834. Everybody’s heard of the Knights of Labor, right? They were founded in 1869. They believed in creating “the greatest good to the greatest amount of people.” I believe that even today unions strive to match this goal.

      Businesses, large or small, would never agree with a buyer of their goods on just a handshake. They make all their deals through negotiations and put them in writing. An employee sells his labor (his product) to his employer and should also negotiate and put his deal in writing. The union is there to strengthen the single unit negotiator. When people put their strengths together they get things done. There is strength in numbers. This is called collective bargaining. Collective bargaining is when people negotiate wages, benefits and working conditions.

      No organization is perfect. I believe the unions have done more good than harm. Unions helped to establish the five-day workweek, eight-hour workdays and employer paid vacations and holidays. Many non-union workers were able to obtain these benefits because they were first bargained for by unions and the achievements of unions became the status quo. Unions broke the walls of prejudice by allowing women and other minorities to participate in labor. Unions engage in broader political and social struggles. One of many union mottos is “Justice on the Job and Service to the Community.”

  • Russell

    Term limits has been proposed to get the bums out of government but
    I find term limits nothing more than a copout. How did these “bums” get into office in the first
    place? Because of our human frailties, we fall for the pied pipers of D CS’ tune that the
    government grows money on trees. When buyers remorse sets in, we want to correct it with term
    limits. When these “bums” are term limited are new “bums” installed via the voting booth?
    Government welfare and subsidies are unconstitutional. If this was adhered to then the despots
    could not use the promise of “bread and circus” to propel themselves into power. The
    Constitution is a blueprint for neighbors to be neighborly and to prevent the government from

  • http://verizon LaRebelle

    Education should be a choice like any other aspect in a capitalistic society. It should be an individual, private choice based upon a competitive market. Public schooling only reinforces the progressive agenda. Religious principles are important to many students who cannot, in public schools, express nor practice their faith. Likewise, unions promote socialistic conformity and discourage the independent spirit upon which this country was founded. Neither political party is addressing this dilemma which is growing in America.

    • s c

      LaRebelle, many people are still not aware that public education in America is an extremely expensive, resource-wasting, anti-American, diabolical plot to DESTROY education. Dumbing-down is the main goal of ‘public’ education.
      There is NO emphasis on excellence. History is an all but ignored topic. The Constitution is looked at as a barbaric relic (just like gold). Many students are ‘socially’ promoted, and deserve anything but a diploma. Teacher unions continue to abet this farce.
      Homeschooling is the best way to see to it that students get a quality education. Public education is an extension of a dictatorial government. In most cases, anyone who gets a quality education in a public school EARNED it, and they did much more than take up space and learn to love entitlements.
      Teenagers look at education as a tool that may or may not serve a purpose. They ‘endure’ it because they’re required to do so by law.
      If you have school age kids, please do them and yourself a favor and take them OUT of public education. Homeschool them. Private school or church school them. See to it that they get a quality education – NOT an empty, public school non-education.

  • Phil

    President Obama promised his constituents, “This is our moment, this is our time to turn the page on the policies of the past, to offer a new direction. We are fundamentally transforming the United States of America.” Obama has clearly delivered on this promise.

    Now the Democrat Party is replete with western apologists for socialist political and economic agendas advocating, essentially, Marxist-Leninist-Maoist collectivism.

    Nineteenth-century historian Alexis de Tocqueville once observed, “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”

    • bbstacker

      Right you are Sir! One single rule: The government does not give anything to anyone that it FIRST does not TAKE from someone else!

  • BonnieMW

    Just a reminder of The Tea Party Rallies accross the USA. There
    will be one in your area on April 15th. Please find out where and invite your friends, employees, business associates and neighbors. We have to fight back by letting our elected officials know we want smaller government and if they don’t respond they will not be re-elected.

    Please educate youself about the Tea Party Groups. The are professional, non-violent and non-racist. They support the prservation of our Constitution, Honest Government, Free Enterprise
    and are demanding our elected official to represent their constituents.

    • gary

      As much as I like the TeaParty movement, I think it is very misleading to think it will be able to affect the direction of the government we now have,or will have. I can remember back over 40 years and people have been wishing and asking for everything the Tea Party advocates, and never recieved it. The government just continues to gain power over us and does what it wants with our money. I also believe the Tea Party movement is weak, and does not have enough resolve to accomplish much. They are also not willing to make any large sacrifice to accomplish their mission. I do hope that November can be a time to make a difference, inspite of the odds against it.

  • gary mc knight

    So you want to fire all the teachers, federal employees?
    Appears to me you have no answers except no.

    • gary

      I think the idea is to level the playing field, and not give federal and state employees more benefits than everyone else. not to fire anyone.

  • gary

    I fear the only thing that will really save America is a revolution to topple the existing government so we can install a new government that is really based on the constitution that our founding fathers laid out for us.Of course that will never happen. Therefore I think America,will continue listing badly to the left, and will need a miracle to level itself again.

  • charles

    that public education system has left GOD out of the equation long enough that we have many people that don’t see the correlation between the trouble we are in and removing GOD out of our affairs. the words that our founders did say and are used such as separation of church and state have the intended meanings changed to help move forward their socialist agenda. our founders did not have the problems we do and relied on GOD for his wisdom. can we do less. 2 chronicles 7’14 would be a good beginning. I do believe that GOD placed in president in office to help America wake up from this long slumber we have been in.

  • new york city marathon results

    Right you are Sir! One single rule: The government does not give anything to anyone that it FIRST does not TAKE from someone else!


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