Naples Tea Party co-founder Barry Willoughby again demonstrates his disinterest in facts.
He recently alleged that government has "expanded to the point that public bureaucrats have more votes than those who must compete in the private sector." Additionally he asserted that for public employees it is "virtually impossible to get fired and the vast majority of people in government are permanent bureaucrats."
So let us look at the facts as drawn from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and its equivalents at state and local levels:
n Excluding 1.6 million military but counting Postal Service personnel, federal employees number 3.4 million
n State employees are 3.8 million; one-third are teachers
n Local employees total 11 million, of whom 6 million are teachers and 1 million police and firefighters. Others include, for example, sanitation, health and parks workers
n Hence the total of government employees is 18.2 million
n Private sector employees are 139 million
n Federal government employment has been declining since 1990 in spite of a 25 percent population increase. After temporary census workers were dismissed, federal employment has been flat since January 2009.
n Over 500,000 teachers, police, and firefighters have been dismissed since the recession began.
So for Willoughby 18.2 million exceeds 139 million, and the loss of over 500,000 teaching/public safety jobs proves that public officials can't be fired!
Perhaps even sillier is Willoughby's assumption that somehow government workers, our politically diverse fellow taxpayers and neighbors, are united in their opposition to the public good.