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You may have noticed some economic difficulties across the country in recent years among family, friends, neighbors, colleagues. One sector is doing quite nicely, however, under Barack Hussein Obama.

In the 1,420 days since he took the oath of office, the federal government has daily hired on average 101 new employees. Every day. Seven days a week. All 202 weeks. That makes 143,000 more federal workers than when Obama talked forever on that cold day in January of 2009.

Under Obama the total federal workforce has surpassed two million for the first time since the first Clinton term, now sitting about the 2.2 ,million level.

Now comes a new poll revealing that Americans know what’s going on. A majority of Americans believes government workers make more money than private sector workers, according to the new Rasmussen Reports poll. Sixty-one percent of private sector workers believe that.

Surprisingly, Republicans, independents and Democrats are united in agreement that government employees have it better than private sector workers although, predictably, Dems are slightly less sure.

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  1. Diann

    December 11th, 2012

    It’s a mini-excavator, but, yeah. Point taken.

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  2. thirdtwin

    December 11th, 2012

    My dad worked for the CDC and rigged it so his job got abolished back when Reagan was trimming the federal workforce. He retired at age 51 with typically generous govt benefits.

    My younger sister just retired from state govt at age 48, also with a lavish benefits package. Her job for 20 years? Going around the state explaining to state employees how to maximize their benefits package.

    So, yeah.

    I’m m the dumbass private sector jack-of-all-trades black sheep of the family.

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  3. Diann

    December 11th, 2012

    I am mystified that people I know who work in government, whom I would classify as intelligent, just do not seem to comprehend that their wages, their benefits, their pensions, are all paid by taxpayers. That states and counties do not, of their own accord, create wealth that they then pay to their employees. These intelligent folks I know, truly do not get that.

    The fundamental problem (okay, yeah, there is more than one problem) is that Liberals have succeeded in creating the myth that there is a fixed amount of wealth from which to draw, therefore, wealthy people are taking more than their fair share of this fixed amount of money. Leaving the rest of us to fight over the teeny amount that remains.

    Liberals have removed from the debate the concept that wealth can create more wealth. Money can compound, grow, increase within the private sector.

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  4. hanoverfist

    December 11th, 2012

    At least they didnt call them “Workers”

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  5. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 11th, 2012

    How many AFSCME employees does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    Eight. You got a problem with that? I didn’t think so.

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  6. Sum Random Guy

    December 11th, 2012

    I have the same problem in my town. Instead of firing a UNIONIZED town barn driver or two, they have decided to raise the property taxes by 7% to cover the costs. I can’t wait to run against these yahoos in Nov.

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  7. Corona

    December 11th, 2012

    I remember that first little snowball rolling down Mount Everest that started this whole thing. A guy named Rizzo (I swear, has there ever been anything positive that came from any a-hole named Rizzo?) from Bell, California. Ever pick up a flat rock that’s been undisturbed for 50 years? Reminds me of that scene from Poltergeist with that guy picking his face apart in the bathroom mirror. YA JUST GOTTA KEEP DIGGING!

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  8. the aardvark

    December 11th, 2012

    One of the first jobs I had when I moved away from Spokane to Portland, Or. was on a road crew in Columbia County, Or. (Scappoose, St. Helens, Or.). They were just as inefficient in 1971 as they are now. One of the jobs we did was to deliver asphalt to some politicians home to build a driveway for him at taxpayers expense as long as no one knew about it or we got caught. So what else is new, featherbedding is not new and will probably never go away as long as there is no accountability in most road depts. I even got paid to sit in a dump truck and do nothing on one of NE Oregon’s notorious rainy days. Glad, I only worked there for a month or so. And they had a kid who worked with me who was into crazy conspiracy theories back then about Richard Nixon. Reminds me of the old WPA (We piss around) working inefficiently at taxpayers expense and if Barry has his way these may be the only jobs available.

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  9. Tim

    December 11th, 2012

    Maryland would have at least 7 maggots watching …

    New York and California about 13.

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  10. Carlos The Jackal

    December 11th, 2012

    Looks like TexDOT, except there are usually even MORE of those MF’ers standing around with their arms folded.

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  11. AvgDude

    December 11th, 2012

    Working for a government contractor, I support government employees who make between $125k and $142k per year at jobs with fantastic benefits which require they do things that they can’t do out of lack of innate talent or interests; so the government hires my company which in turn hires me to do all the most difficult aspects of those employees’ jobs at 75% of the pay and lousy benefits. Some of them literally do nothing of any value but get to keep their jobs with their great pay and benefits because 1) they live near Washington, DC and 2) they’re “multicultural” and 3) no one held them accountable before; so they have seniority now.

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  12. Claudia

    December 11th, 2012

    How do I get one of those jobs? I’ll infiltrate them and spread the conservative message! Then when I get paid so much money that I could never expect to get in my lifetime, I’ll support Conservative candidates that will work to get rid of my job!

    Weeee, that would be fun!

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  13. Sum Random Guy

    December 11th, 2012

    Ms. Claudia, you silly fox. I feel like the sarcastic comment was somehow aimed at me. That is ok; in some respects you are correct. A lot of young people get into politics full of zeal and a moral compass that can’t be broken… until they get in and see how the game is really played. Yes, ma’am that happens to the best however, the key word in my rant above was “town”.
    I’m talking less than 550 people. That, my dear, is where the political folks are all volunteer. That’s right; I don’t get paid or compensated for my time. That is the way it is and shall continue to be as long as myself and the rest of my constituents still live there.
    The bottom line is I don’t care about the government “workers”, if the town can’t afford the bill then cuts must be made. Luckily for my town all we have is the Highway Department so that makes cost cutting easy. Besides, if I fire one or two they can always go on unemployment.
    :-)

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  14. Claudia

    December 11th, 2012

    Sum Random Guy –

    No, no, no! My comment was only in jest (sort of, because I’m sorely underemployed and want to find a real job) about the article.

    I was actually impressed that you are in the trenches and running against the idiots! Keep us informed.

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