“Your data is exemplary, but your conclusion includes the assumption that government politics is a rational driver of progressive change. I think everyone has realized by now that our government is no longer a democracy, it is an oligarchy of career politicians owned by competing special interest groups, such as the NEA, with their own agendas that put, at the top, their own self preservation.”
“The article misses the real issue. As the human mind is subsumed into the hive, C++ and other programming languages will be demoted. This already happened years ago with assembly language. It's a continuous process of scaling inherent to social evolution of the hivemind.”
“I live in Louisiana. I'm so glad that you are talking about this, because I would like to see our Federal Government give all of us down here federal jobs that would make us less dependent on big oil. I've run the math, and at 19 million barrels used a day, with 30 percent of that from the gulf, that means we would need about 427 million dollars a day to recover the proceeds lost from phasing out all oil production in the gulf coast states. That's only 155 billion dollars a year! And we could throw out the profits from the oil companies, say 25%, getting the cost of supporting me and my fellow gulf coasters down to 116 billion a year! Considering that the total cost of means tested entitlements (welfare) in 2006 was 354 billion, an increase of 32% to support our families is a real bargain! Thank you for your thoughtful solution to our gulf coast crisis. I hear Federal employees have better retirement than I do anyway. Looking forward to it.”
“There are 230,000 government employees working in Washington DC, according to CNN. At even modest salaries, that's over 5 BILLION dollars out of our pockets. I was recently in D.C. and you won't find a recession there. Government is too damn big and has become self serving. I don't think the leaders of either party, certainly not those serving in Washington, are in touch with what the country is going through.
Whatever third party comes to the fore, it better campaign on smaller, more efficient government, not just politics as usual.
Did I mention that I'm mad as hell?”
jcaunter on Feb 9, 2010 at 13:25:58
“Quite obviously, the answer is to fire everyone who works for the federal government except elected officials. Done. No problem.
America would save a bundle then. A simple solution for simple minds. It'll go over well on right wing radio.”
Pod-gers on Feb 9, 2010 at 13:02:15
“I would agree with that assessment, and I am not a teabagger, a repub, nor Dem, I am one of those "unenrolled" independents, and I just voted in the Mass special election.
One problem is "big government" seems to mean different things to different people.
Does supporting and paying for 737 military bases overseas seem like big government to you? yes, 737. Imagine if we closed half of them, we would still have more than 350 million bases overseas, and we would "save" billions and billions.”
IndieBlue on Feb 9, 2010 at 12:57:52
“Don't worry. When Romney is elected he'll outsource all those jobs to China. It's what he does best.”
jamenta on Feb 9, 2010 at 12:49:22
“There are 400 americans in the entire country (not just DC) who own 1.27 trillion dollars (according to Forbes magazine). That's 1.27 TRILLION dollars these people apparently feel they are "entitled" to and in fact want to continue to lower taxes on themselves, despite the fact 10,000 Americans a day are losing their homes to foreclosures to big banks, and near 60 million Americans don't even have jobs, and the American working class hasn't seen a real pay raise since 1974.
The American who can't even pay for his doctor is mad as hell. And you know why? Because we Americans work harder than almost any other western industrial country in the world, we get about the least amount of vacation, or sick leave or benefits - and our wages don't even rank in the top 20s.
And the most 1% most wealthy in this country own more wealth than 90% of Americans combined. The worst inequity of any Western Industrial country. And last year Chevron - just one single American corporation made over 40+ billion dollars in excess profits.
Yes Americans are mad as hell. Mad as hell at the highway robbery that's been going on both in their check books and in their own democratic government - by other Americans Big Business and the ridiculously wealthy whom the radical right wing continue to demand less taxes for and less regulation, and fight tooth and nail whenever an American asks to have higher wages.”
disabledjim on Feb 9, 2010 at 12:49:13
“2.1 mil across the country at a average salary of 71,000 a year plus the full health and retirement at union scale.work that number and you will find a core problem in the us.we cannot support all of these people that make way more than private citizens for the same work.then the unions take the dues that taxpayers pay for and lobby for more jobs that pay way more than the national average for far less production than the average worker.taxpayers should not have to pay for unions to lobby against what is their best interest which is a lower cost and higher production.unions always lobby for higher wages and lower production.that is the only reason union workers pay dues”
CowgirlAmy on Feb 9, 2010 at 12:48:10
“Those people are working and are contributing to society. They pay taxes too. If they had no jobs you really would have money out of your pocket by paying for their unemployment or the higher crime rate that would occur. They are also providing services. I am not saying there isn't room for some leanness but just saying "smaller government" is not the answer.”