Sunday, April 21, 2013

CHART: The Historical Growth of Government

In good times and bad, government grows.

The ever-encroaching 'might' of the government - or perhaps, put another way, the ever-decreasing need to be gainfully employed or productive...

People who choose to work in government aren't angels, they aren't better than you or I. Many are just as corrupt and greedy as miscreants in the private sector. The difference: government corruption steals liberty from each and every one of us.

That is why government just can't seem to downsize.

In retrospect, it would appear that the 16th Amendment -- which legalized the federal income tax in 1913 -- provided the jet fuel for the Beltway's power-hungry elite.

The result? As the government expands, individual liberty contracts.

1 comment:

Jason in SD said...

I disagree with you in that they are almost by definition more corrupt and greedy than anybody in the private sector. In the private sector, if one of my employees gives poor customer service and then dares the customer to complain, that employee would be fired before the next tick of the clock.

I feel sorry for the unfortunate few who took their talents into the public sector with the honest desire to help. They are woefully outnumbered by those who are there because they're completely unsuited for employment anywhere else.