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Old 07-15-2011, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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With imminent budget cuts coming, even with the debt ceiling raised, will Americans look back to 2008 as the year we peaked in government jobs, just as 2004-2005 was the period the real estate bubble peaked?
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Central Maine
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With imminent budget cuts coming, even with the debt ceiling raised, will Americans look back to 2008 as the year we peaked in government jobs, just as 2004-2005 was the period the real estate bubble peaked?
If you're talking about total federal employment, you're off by 40 years.

Counting all executive, legislative, and judicial branch employees, all Postal Office employees, and all U.S. military, 1968 was the year ... by a considerable margin over the total number of federal employees today.

Total Government Employment Since 1962
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:24 AM
 
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Going by the decade, over last three, the 1980s saw the most growth in government jobs (12.9%) followed by 12.6% in the 1990s. The 2000s was on pace to be right there, until April 2009 (the last peak). Since then, the government payroll has shrunk half million. So, breathe easy, it is better now, not worse.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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I'm talking about a local maxima.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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I'm talking about a local maxima.
I'm talking about an American altima. Government is government.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'm talking about an American altima.
WTF are you talking about? Local maxima is well defined but your jibberish isn't. Einstein's Ghost lost quite a few dozen IQ points through the whole body to spirit transformation process.

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Government is government.
Apples are apples. Spaghetti is spaghetti. Fun is fun. Thanks for showing me the identity axiom. Anything new you'd like to teach me?
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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With imminent budget cuts coming, even with the debt ceiling raised, will Americans look back to 2008 as the year we peaked in government jobs, just as 2004-2005 was the period the real estate bubble peaked?
I don't think it'll pop. Generally the government is hiring one new worker for every 2 leaving or retiring workers. It'll be gradual.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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WTF are you talking about? Local maxima is well defined but your jibberish isn't. Einstein's Ghost lost quite a few dozen IQ points through the whole body to spirit transformation process.

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Apples are apples. Spaghetti is spaghetti. Fun is fun. Thanks for showing me the identity axiom. Anything new you'd like to teach me?
You're a genius.

I guess, your IQ capacity leads you to never complain about one form of government while always complaining about the other. Trust me, I couldn't do that, maintaining two standards at the same time for an institution. My IQ limits that.
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You're a genius.
Flattery will get you everywhere. Thanks EG!
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Old 07-15-2011, 10:47 AM
 
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Flattery will get you everywhere. Thanks EG!
The pleasure was all mine!
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