Using data from the Office of Personnel Management, I generated the following graph that depicts the number of federal employees, year by year, since 1940. I purposely omitted the Department of Defense, which it turns out is actually a legitimate function of the federal government.
Some striking observations:
• The raw growth in bureaucrats during Barack Obama's first year in office appears to be the largest since WWII.
• How did we ever survive before the Department of Transportation was created in the sixties?
• Are there really 100,000 Agriculture Department employees and, if so, what the hell are they doing?
• It would appear that we now have about 175,000 Homeland Security employees, yet we can't seem to secure the border with Mexico.
• Is anyone else curious about the roughly 300,000 employees marked "Other"?
A federal employee, fully loaded, runs about $100,000 annually -- more in the DC area. In rough terms, every 100,000 federal bureaucrats excised from the federal trough would cut $100 billion annually from the deficit. As Martin Lawrence used to say: "get to steppin'".
It's time to slash and privatize large swaths of this unaccountable bureaucracy that grows uncontrollably in good times and bad.