Happy Labor Day to all the readers of Headline Politics!
The holiday is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Barack Obama will undoubtedly deliver a speech about the holiday today, but American labor has only regressed thanks to him. Despite how much he brags about his economic “recovery” it’s been the worst on record by every conceivable measure.
H/T Unbiased America
Want just one example of how bad things have gotten? There was a time when America was the manufacturing powerhouse of the world – but those days are long gone. In fact, government workers now outnumber manufacturing workers… by a long shot.
Government employees in the United States outnumber manufacturing employees by 9,932,000, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Federal, state and local government employed 22,213,000 people in August, while the manufacturing sector employed 12,281,000.
So basically we reached a tipping point way back in 1989. Before that, manufacturing jobs outnumbered government workers stretching back as far as you’d care to look. For the first ten years after that initial reversal the gap only opened slowly, but not because we were losing jobs. The economy was booming for the next decade. Sadly, government was growing even faster. And then after 9/11 things really went to hell in a handbasket. Now the government behemoth is an employment giant compared to manufacturing.
Why should we care? Because with very few exceptions in aerospace and a few other niche endeavors, the government doesn’t actually produce anything.
The trend is reflective of two trends occurring simultaneously: the death of manufacturing, and the growth of government. But things don’t have to be this way. Labor unions love to celebrate Labor Day as a holiday of their own, but without their influence, we would have millions more manufacturing jobs than we do today.
Want to reverse these trends? There’s one candidate you can vote for this November that can do just that.
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