So long as government is as big as it is, the cost of maintaining the bureaucracy and providing benefits to its employees will remain enormous. Any suggestion about cutting government, even a little bit, is often met with hysterical talk about government employees being put out in the cold. Although this is often exaggerated and spun for propagandistic reasons, it is true that personnel benefits consume a significant amount of government revenue, and must be addressed in any comprehensive effort to rein in spending.
It has well been documented in recent years the amount of waste and graft associated with government personnel benefits. Because of public employee unions, lobbying efforts, and the sheer inertia of bureaucracies that push for their own perpetuation and growth, this is a very difficult matter to take on politically, but it must be done if the market economy is to be allowed to recover and grow so Americans of future generations will know the freedom and prosperity of their parents.
Learn more about Government Administration and Personnel Benefit problems and solutions:
“Federal Government Employees Receiving $150,000 Has Soared Tenfold in Five Years”
David Theroux; November 11, 2010
“The Federal Bureaucracy-Plutocracy”
Robert Higgs (The Beacon) December 12, 2009
“The State Government Pension Crisis”
Randall Holcombe (The Beacon) January 14, 2010
The True Size of Government
(Book reviewed in The Independent Review) Winter 2001