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Why BSOSC Stresses Personal Production...Makers, NOT Takers

Why BSOSC Stresses Personal Production...Makers, NOT Takers

Postby jpf1030 » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:00 pm

Howdy All,

Below my comments, I've posted a new WSJ article by Stephen Moore in which he details how the govt. employee sector of "takers" overwhelms the number of private sector "makers". He is the super sharp writer who often appears on numerous Fox News programs.
Though following these things pretty closely, even I was shocked at his report. Thank goodness we are taking preparedness counter measures in BSOSC for the inevitable result of this situation.

As you BSOSC members are aware, we have been working to have an alternative ICE (Intentional Community Economy) built and operating in beta mode in the background as a safety net, stop gap measure to keep local commerce functioning when the dollar collapses.

We continuously encourage every person to realize they are a producer of something, even if it is yet latent within them. To further this awareness into action, we have been developing the BSOSC cottage industry system to help all who are ready and willing to now get into producing something people will NEED! If you do not quite know where to start in becoming a "maker", feel free to get with our Task Force #7-ICE leader, Jeff B. He will be happy to assist you in brainstorming a product/service and a development plan. I work closely with Jeff on TF 7, so will also be glad to work with him in helping you.

This is why we are having our ICE markets (barter plus style markets) where folks can bring their home produced and resale items to market, to engage in commerce with other local BSOSC producers. In doing this, we are building the number of makers to help as many as possible to survive the onslaught of the takers when the events commence.

Most people probably have no idea as to how small the maker segment of our population is compared to the vast majority of takers. Takers is accurately defined as those who produce nothing toward our GDP. They are govt. employees, welfare and food stamp recipients, etc. In addition to the majority of jobs in America being for the govt., there are another 44 million people on food stamps and who knows how many others on other welfare programs.

Throw in endowment programs and needless service contracts with the govt. and the number of people dependent upon govt. paychecks is staggering. Though I don't have time to do all the exact research, it would not be the least surprise to see the total number of those dependent upon the govt. far exceeds 100 million people in our country. These people are 100% dependent upon the govt. continuing to prop up the US dollar on its slippery slope downhill decline that can no longer be stopped.

This collapse is by design of the controllers agenda to reduce all to socialists dependence upon the govt. as takers. They do not want to see independent makers, for they are far too difficult to control and herd into designated dependence. Continued govt. take over of industries is another dead give-away sign of their accelerating agenda.

I urge each of you to go within, discover your God given talents that will enable you to become a maker to preserve your liberty...jpf
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 ... %3Darticle

More Americans work for the government than in manufacturing, farming, fishing, forestry, mining and utilities combined.

By STEPHEN MOORE

If you want to understand better why so many states—from New York to Wisconsin to California—are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, consider this depressing statistic: Today in America there are nearly twice as many people working for the government (22.5 million) than in all of manufacturing (11.5 million). This is an almost exact reversal of the situation in 1960, when there were 15 million workers in manufacturing and 8.7 million collecting a paycheck from the government.

It gets worse. More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers. Nearly half of the $2.2 trillion cost of state and local governments is the $1 trillion-a-year tab for pay and benefits of state and local employees. Is it any wonder that so many states and cities cannot pay their bills?

Every state in America today except for two—Indiana and Wisconsin—has more government workers on the payroll than people manufacturing industrial goods. Consider California, which has the highest budget deficit in the history of the states. The not-so Golden State now has an incredible 2.4 million government employees—twice as many as people at work in manufacturing. New Jersey has just under two-and-a-half as many government employees as manufacturers. Florida's ratio is more than 3 to 1. So is New York's.

Even Michigan, at one time the auto capital of the world, and Pennsylvania, once the steel capital, have more government bureaucrats than people making things. The leaders in government hiring are Wyoming and New Mexico, which have hired more than six government workers for every manufacturing worker.

Now it is certainly true that many states have not typically been home to traditional manufacturing operations. Iowa and Nebraska are farm states, for example. But in those states, there are at least five times more government workers than farmers. West Virginia is the mining capital of the world, yet it has at least three times more government workers than miners. New York is the financial capital of the world—at least for now. That sector employs roughly 670,000 New Yorkers. That's less than half of the state's 1.48 million government employees.

Don't expect a reversal of this trend anytime soon. Surveys of college graduates are finding that more and more of our top minds want to work for the government. Why? Because in recent years only government agencies have been hiring, and because the offer of near lifetime security is highly valued in these times of economic turbulence. When 23-year-olds aren't willing to take career risks, we have a real problem on our hands. Sadly, we could end up with a generation of Americans who want to work at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The employment trends described here are explained in part by hugely beneficial productivity improvements in such traditional industries as farming, manufacturing, financial services and telecommunications. These produce far more output per worker than in the past. The typical farmer, for example, is today at least three times more productive than in 1950.

Where are the productivity gains in government? Consider a core function of state and local governments: schools. Over the period 1970-2005, school spending per pupil, adjusted for inflation, doubled, while standardized achievement test scores were flat. Over roughly that same time period, public-school employment doubled per student, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. That is what economists call negative productivity.

But education is an industry where we measure performance backwards: We gauge school performance not by outputs, but by inputs. If quality falls, we say we didn't pay teachers enough or we need smaller class sizes or newer schools. If education had undergone the same productivity revolution that manufacturing has, we would have half as many educators, smaller school budgets, and higher graduation rates and test scores.

The same is true of almost all other government services. Mass transit spends more and more every year and yet a much smaller share of Americans use trains and buses today than in past decades. One way that private companies spur productivity is by firing under performing employees and rewarding excellence. In government employment, tenure for teachers and near lifetime employment for other civil servants shields workers from this basic system of reward and punishment. It is a system that breeds mediocrity, which is what we've gotten.

Most reasonable steps to restrain public-sector employment costs are smothered by the unions. Study after study has shown that states and cities could shave 20% to 40% off the cost of many services—fire fighting, public transportation, garbage collection, administrative functions, even prison operations—through competitive contracting to private providers. But unions have blocked many of those efforts. Public employees maintain that they are underpaid relative to equally qualified private-sector workers, yet they are deathly afraid of competitive bidding for government services.

President Obama says we have to retool our economy to "win the future." The only way to do that is to grow the economy that makes things, not the sector that takes things.

Mr. Moore is senior economics writer for The Wall Street Journal editorial page.
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