Government is a growth industry in the United States. It is a shame that it is a growth industry that doesn't create wealth.
A golden age of work for the government is just now dawning, according to a report released last week by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, a group in Washington that promotes government employment. There are several reasons: cyclical turnover; fresh demand in areas such as homeland security and veterans affairs, driven by the post-9/11 terrorist threat and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and the financial crisis, with the stimulus spending it has spurred.
Homeland security: We could make America substantially safer from terrorism if we just stopped granting most visas to people from Muslim countries?
By the fall of 2012, the Partnership estimates, the federal government will have hired 273,000 new workers for jobs the group calls "mission critical."
At least 12% of those jobs are costs of empire.
Because of the many U.S. soldiers returning from foreign wars, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be the most active employer, hiring 25,000 nurses and 8,500 doctors by 2012.
A lot of soldiers are coming back with long term health problems. More suffer brain damage than die. So we will be paying for Iraq and Afghanistan for decades to come.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2009 October 04 08:18 PM Economics Government Costs|