Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Grant Fairy...

I heard a person arguing the other day that a certain program was being funded by a federal grant, and therefore didn't cost us anything. Apparently there is a widespread belief in a "Grant Fairy" some distant creature that magically creates wealth and then distributes it to deserving people around the country and the world.

Well, I hate to be the one to burst anyone's bubble, but just like the Tooth Fairy had to get it's money from your mother, the Grant Fairy has to get its money from the taxpayers. A lot of those taxpayers haven't even been born yet, but there will be a bill waiting for them when they are.

It works the same way when the government pays its employees. Government doesn't produce any wealth. It relies on the private sector for that. Currently 4 of the top 10 largest employers in Wayne County are government entities. In Indiana, 4 of the top 5 largest employers are government. All told, the number of government employees in Indiana total 325,000. This doesn't include the retirees whose retirement programs are still being funded by current taxpayers.

That's not to say we don't need a few government employees. Certainly there are some legitimate functions that government needs to perform. I have to believe if we limit the duties we could trim that 325,000 number a bit.

I read the other day that come January the government has plans to create two and a half million new jobs.

Just remember the government is only creating the jobs.

We'll have to come up with the money.

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