FEATURED QUESTION: Conservative Principles
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Conservatives often complain about The Nanny State, defined as follows by PoliticsDictionary.com:
a system of government which provides everything for the citizens and tells the citizens how they should behavePerhaps nothing so much as fear of losing employment can muzzle an employee. I know that, in both the public and private sectors, I myself have been in the position of keeping quiet about my political activism and political views out of fear of losing a job and the benefits attached thereto.
Furthermore, government jobs are, in essence, financed on the backs of taxpayers. After all, the government has no money other that that extracted via taxes from the pockets of the taxpayers.
Before weighing in with your response to this FEATURED QUESTION, consider the following:
The federal government employs over 2,700,000 workers and hires hundreds of thousands each year to replace civil service workers that transfer to other federal government jobs, retire, or leave for other reasons. Average annual salary for full-time federal government jobs now exceeds $79,197. The U.S. Government is the largest employer in the United States, hiring about 2.0 percent of the nation's work force and the workforce is expanding significantly under the Obama administration. Federal government jobs can be found in every state and large metropolitan area, including overseas in over 200 countries. The average annual federal workers compensation in 2008, including pay plus benefits, was $119,982 compared to just $59,909 for the private sector according to the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis.Please know that the question below is not targeting any of my readers or fellow bloggers. I do understand that we do what we must so as to support ourselves and our families.
FEATURED QUESTION, in two parts: (1) Do conservatives violate their own principles by seeking employment in a government job or certain government jobs? (2) What happens to a nation's economy and politics when "the best jobs" are government jobs funded by the taxpayers?