The dice are loaded. We’ve always had a large contingent of voters who support government expansion; these are the socialists, but it is also the government employees who depend on government expansion. It’s job security. For years there was a great divide in the kind of people who take government jobs and the kind of people who take government jobs. This divide now includes employees in government, universities and the media vs more Constitutional, Free Market Private Sector folks.
Before World War II, those who were capable went into the private sector to manufacture durable goods. During the War, the number of employees working on government projects became huge. After the War, the number of employees working on government projects shrank and the private sector boomed, but many people who would not have thought of working in government, stayed in government jobs. It was also easy to mask what government does because of the secrecy required during the War. Since then, employees have migrated in and out of government work, but the US economy sank after we off-shored our manufacturing jobs.
Government employees are their own lobby. They are dependent on government growing and they don’t like any politicians who would cut government spending.
We can expect government employees, universities and the media to fight federal spending cuts, because their livelihoods depend on big government spending. Most elected officials are supporters of big government for the same reasons.
The Federal government spends $4 trillion a year and should be spending $3 trillion a year. The State government spends $2 trillion a year and should be spending $1 trillion a year.
The problem is that whatever you give government to do costs a lot more than if you let the private sector do it. Aggressive fraud and waste reduction are problems in most federal departments. The Deep State needs to be cleaned out. Government doesn’t adapt their spending to the market like companies do, so they never reduce spending based on lower revenue expectations the way companies do.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader