Friday, December 11, 2009

 

The Unjustified Bureaucratic Bonanza

Democratic priorities

Since the ongoing financial crisis began 18 months ago (Via Ed Morrissey) the number and cost of those on the federal government's payroll has exploded:
Bureaucracy is the real recession-proof industry. The numbers are mind-boggling. In 18 months, the number of federal employees making over $100K have increased 46%. The number making over $150K has more than doubled.

It’s not as if they’ve been asked to do more with less, either. In the first six months of the year, the federal government was adding 10,000 jobs per month, and over the recession had grown the ranks of bureaucrats by 9.8%. The private sector, during that same period, shed 7.3 million jobs to contract 6.3%.
Over this period the number of bureaucrats making $150k+ is up 119%. From the USA Today article:
When the recession started, the Transportation Department had only one person earning a salary of $170,000 or more. Eighteen months later, 1,690 employees had salaries above $170,000. The average federal employee makes $71,206, or 76% more than the $40,331 private sector average.
As Ed does, I wonder where are all these employees going, and what are they doing.

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