Skip to comments.Bureaucrats Disdain Hard Work Because They Are “Unselfish”
Posted on 12/16/2012 11:08:26 AM PST by John Semmens
A report written by Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute and Jason Richwine of the Heritage Foundation revealed that public sector employees work less yet get paid more than their private sector counterparts. The study found that during a typical workweek, private-sector employees worked 41.4 hours, while federal workers put in 38.7 hours and state and local government employees 38.1 hours. Critics of government are apt to view the study as a confirmation of the relative inefficiency of government.
Any suggestion that this demonstrates there is government waste is totally off base, insisted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev). Those that suggest this think every person on the job ought to go all out. What they overlook is the egregious selfishness that would represent. If one person does more than the average output that means there is less opportunity for another person to be hired. By constraining their individual effort government workers are saving work for others to do, in effect, they are creating more jobs. All this study has proven is that government workers have a greater social conscience.
Reid didnt dispute that federal bureaucrats took home more pay per hour than similarly employed private sector workers, but declared that its only logical that those employed by the biggest organization would get bigger paychecks. Lets not forget that the federal government has over 300 million people who depend on it. The tasks associated with ruling them and tending to their needs are inherently more important than the tasks performed by any private company in the world. Those doing these tasks deserve to be paid more.
The Senator contended that high salaries also act as a deterrent to theft. The temptations that government employees face are enormous. Billions of dollars are at risk. If employees feel they are under compensated theyll be more likely to help themselves to some of this money. I mean, heaven knows theres no way we can properly oversee all this spending. Adequately compensating them is our best bet for keeping them honest.
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LOL! Nailed it.
This is written as satire, but in actuality, there are many economists and just about all libtards who deny the truth that because the need and desire for wealth is limitless, the amount of work that is needed to be done is also limitless. This causes them to have beliefs that are similar to the above. They don't know that the main thing that is preventing full employment is that money wage rates are too high.
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