by: the Common Constitutionalist
The federal government has over 4.3 million full time employees. We’re number 1! Yes, our government is by far the largest non-communist (not yet) employer on the planet. Heck, our Department of Defense alone has a workforce of about 3.2 million, which far outpaces even the gigantic Chinese military which boasts about 2.3 million.
Well that’s great – we need a strong military. Yes we do, until you discover of that 3.2 million, less than 1.4 million are actually uniformed military personnel. The rest are civilian.
Any way you slice it 4.3 million employees is a lot. I’m a huge advocate of cutting the size of government, so even if one was to trim say 25%, 1,075,000 people, off the workforce, that’s a win, in my opinion. But why 25%? How or why did I come up with that figure?
I didn’t. According to a new survey of federal government employees, conducted by the Government Business Council, the research division of the Government Executive Media Group, “about 14 percent of respondents said they would definitely consider leaving federal service under President Trump, while an additional 11 percent said they might.” This adds up to 25%, with 67% saying the still wouldn’t leave and 8% saying they didn’t know. read more