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A Nation of Takers: Government Stifles Growth

Started by RussCarroll, 04/01/2011 08:22AM
Posted 04/01/2011 08:22AM Opening Post
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704050204576219073867182108.html

"Surveys of college graduates are finding that more and more of our top minds want to work for the government. Why? Because in recent years only government agencies have been hiring, and because the offer of near lifetime security is highly valued in these times of economic turbulence. When 23-year-olds aren't willing to take career risks, we have a real problem on our hands. Sadly, we could end up with a generation of Americans who want to work at the Department of Motor Vehicles."

and

"Over the period 1970-2005, school spending per pupil, adjusted for inflation, doubled, while standardized achievement test scores were flat. Over roughly that same time period, public-school employment doubled per student, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. That is what economists call negative productivity."
Posted 04/01/2011 09:25AM #1
Russ Carroll said:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704050204576219073867182108.html

"Surveys of college graduates are finding that more and more of our top minds want to work for the government. Why? Because in recent years only government agencies have been hiring, and because the offer of near lifetime security is highly valued in these times of economic turbulence. When 23-year-olds aren't willing to take career risks, we have a real problem on our hands. Sadly, we could end up with a generation of Americans who want to work at the Department of Motor Vehicles."

and

"Over the period 1970-2005, school spending per pupil, adjusted for inflation, doubled, while standardized achievement test scores were flat. Over roughly that same time period, public-school employment doubled per student, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. That is what economists call negative productivity."

There has been a long war against America that has not come to a head with the election of Obama and the radical left. Their goal is to bring America down to a third world country level. It starts with the dumbing down of education, erosion of moral and family values, out of control spending, out of control printing of money, out of control borrowing, over extending the military, reducing America's leadership role around the globe, taking the wealth from the acheivers and giving it to welfare addicts, stifle growth and penalize businesses and the wealthy (the very ones who create jobs), blurring the nation-state borders, engaging in over complicated economic treatees that put America at a disadvantage (this includes radical environmental requirements), apologising to the world for American success, promoting a socialist agenda, and on and on and on. I makes me sick where this country is going and how far it has fallen. My kids will not inherit the America in the form that it once was. In fact in 10-20 years, I can't even say it will be here as we know it, maybe sooner.

Doug Matulis
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Posted 04/01/2011 06:55PM | Edited 04/01/2011 06:57PM #2
1. If business wasn't laying people off left and right in order to replace Americans with Indians who work 3 to 6 months at a time, the kids might find them attractive employers. (The don't realize gov't does the same thing with contractors and recompetes.)

2. Let's not diminish the service of our DMV staff. A friend of mine worked as a DMV driving test administrator. He was exposed to a lot of risk on our behalf. A lot of drivers in the D.C. area were transitioning from water buffalo drawn carts to cars. One test taker accidently put the car in reverse and drove him 100 feet into nearby woods. Another test taker wrecked a half-dozen cars in the parking lot . . . wink

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