Monday, April 13, 2009

Big government is the biggest business of all

My latest column is up at the Center for a Stateless Society. Teaser:

The House and Senate are still wrangling over details, but rough numbers are already in place: The US government’s budget for fiscal year 2010 will land north of $3.5 trillion.

That’s big business. How big? Big.

The federal government employs 2.7 million civilian workers at an average wage of more than $63,000 per year. That’s not counting more than 1.4 million active duty military personnel and more than half a million reservists and National Guard members.

Nor does it include the many state and local government employees whose salaries are routed through Washington in one way or another. Altogether, government at every level directly employs about 20 million Americans — and millions more work for businesses which rely on government contracts for much of their revenue.

The "customer" — you — ultimately picks up the tab, of course. For fiscal year 2010, your bill from the federal government comes to nearly $18,000.

Yes, you read that right.

Read the rest there.

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