Rand Paul is SURE that the federal government workforce has become a monster under Obama.
Because,… he says it has!
Republicans live in a fact-free world.
From Paul Krugman today, –
September 11, 2012, 3:38 pmComment
I gather that Rand Paul has made a lame effort to defend his claim that we’ve seen “exploding” government under Obama by claiming that he only meant the federal workforce, which has gone up slightly even as state and local employment has fallen. But as I’ve pointed out, the vast majority of government workers actually are at the state and local level. (And yes, the feds have an influence: the Recovery Act contained substantial aid to lower levels of government, which should have been continued).
A number of people have asked for total and federal government employment per capita over time; here it is, with the top line total at all levels, the bottom federal only:
Feel the explosion!
Actually, you can see several points: federal employment is a small part of the picture and per capita is at a historic low; there are blips every 10 years for the census; and overall government employment has fallen in an unprecedented way under Obama.