Thursday, March 15, 2007

It just keeps growing, and growing...

The New Castle Courier-Times recently reported that Henry County needs more parking spaces for its county employees. While that news may be troubling, it is not surprising. On the previous day, the paper had listed the top 10 employers in the county. It turns out that 4 of those top 10 are actually the government.

That's right in line with neighboring Wayne County, where 4 of the top 10 employers are also government entities, but not quite in keeping with the State of Indiana, where 4 of the top 5 employers are the government. Federal agencies are number one, with 33,511 employees, while state agencies follow closely with 33,040.

Throw in all of the city, town, county and township employees in Indiana, and the total number of government employees reaches 325,000, and growing. Now compare that to the number of Hoosiers employed in direct manufacturing. 570,000, and shrinking.

That's not to say that we don't need public servants to carry out the necessary duties of a good and limited government. But we also need to remember the burden that excessive government places on the citizens that work to support that government, not just in wages, but also in benefits and retirement plans that will burden our children and grandchildren.

One solution to this problem might be to start electing people that actually believe in smaller, limited government. People like Libertarians, perhaps.

Or, we could hire county employees based on the number of available parking spaces.

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