Jan 5, 2010

The Chart I've Been Looking For: the Tipping Point

Reached it in 2007 and the shadow-players knew it. Knew they had the numbers to make it a close election and had the operatives in ACORN and friendly judges to pull the last strings and fix the close precincts. Those voting their own interest, their own largesse, are in the majority. We're there, it seems. That point of place and time where there are more singular people taking from the common purse than are adding to it (by jobs, not by amounts).

It's a voters' tipping point from which I fear we will not recover. Be sure to note the steady climb of that graph, and consider the dip in the graph during the Reagan years, and the conspicuous growth since. Why it's almost as though they are ALL in on the deal, and I'm ashamed to consider what political expediencies were foisted upon us by our own so-called Conservative legislators and executives.

Our republic? It's dead, Jim:

UPDATE: Good. I'm glad to see some commenters re-aligning my thinking on this, cuz I need some reassurance. Still, just thinking about the gov't and city sector pensioners and all other seniors and beneficiaries of the common weal, and I'm dubious, peeps. Seriously doubtful we can march it back from the trend.


Anonymous said...

Indeed, scary, Joan. ~Jimmy

(But, call me Jim ! And I'm not dead - yet!)

PeggyU said...

I kind of figured that was true. How many are military, though? They can certainly be thought of as government employees.

If this does not include the armed forces, then we are indeed screwed.

Jeff said...

OK, but, it's not more government jobs than private sector jobs. It's more government jobs than goods-producing jobs. The service sector - large and growing - is not included. (Hint: there are more than 45 million workers in the US.)

CHICO said...


The true story of federal jobs growth in the US. Meanwhile the population has gone up about 65% in the same time period.

Van said...

"It's a voters' tipping point from which I fear we will not recover. "

I've seen worse

"Our republic? It's dead, Jim"
"Miracle Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive..."

The real tipping point still remains to be seen, and it hinges on whether we can brew and serve up more Tea, faster than they can with koolaid... I can't say that I'm overly optimistic on how it'll end up, but if instead of asking if they'd like fries with that, we ask whether they'd like "...To be a house slave... or to be an American ..." and why... we might get somewhere.

It's gonna be a tough fight... but if everyone, everyone, sill speak up, talk back, challenge, the stupid remarks of friends, neighbors, co-workers and family... identify what it is they're supporting - giving up liberty for becoming house slaves (they hope) and shame them publicly for it... there's a chance.

It may be a long shot, but it's worth the risk... after all, "This is true love - you think this happens every day?"

Velociman said...

I'm with Jeff. Not only have service jobs replaced manufacturing jobs, the manufacturing jobs went to China. We are a service economy now.

Would you like a honey apple-roasted chipotle and bacon triple Angus burger with cheese super value meal today, ma'am?

Yabu (POBAR) said...

I'm with Velociman...we've outsourced our economy...super size it...

Van said...

The manufacturing jobs weren't 'sent to china', they were given the bums rush. 'Outsourced' is way too easy an answer, and usually flung at 'greedy' businessmen, allowing 'We The People' to feel all innocent and aggrieved. Personally I blame the blue collar union worker, more than the businessmen (and not mistaking businessmen for corp suits), that and our obsession for fairness and benefits (that govt worker line is climbing for a reason).

Outsourcing when done for proper reasons, is a good and smart thing to do. If my coding job can be done cheaper and better by someone in India... then good on them, shame on me, and congrats to the business for finding a better more productive value. Ditto for manufacturing industries.

But that's not what's happened, and we've no right to complain about such a clean & sensible process - we've allowed something far worse to occur. Instead, we've hobbled and shackled ourselves, requiring businesses to use unions and their ridiculous rules and protections, mandated that they pay minimum wages, provide minimum benefits, comply with reams worth of govt regulations and procedures from everyone from the FDA to EPA & OSHA
"What is the cost to U.S. businesses of complying with federal regulations? In 2004, U.S. federal government regulation cost businesses in the United States an estimated $648 billion.1 This cost burden has increased about 19 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars since 2000. Notwithstanding the many benefits to society of federal regulations, several indicators show that the cost for businesses of complying with these regulations is sizable and has been growing rapidly."

And that says nothing about the mass of equivalent "Me Too!" State and Local rules and regulations... and a pragmatic legal system bereft of principles, which allows and encourages suing for millions for spilling coffee in your lap.

We haven't outsourced much of anything, we've banished it.

The good news is, it wouldn't take more than a few splashes of ink to cut ourselves free of the shackles (which would also send that rising govt worker line plunging towards the bottom). The bad news is, that'd it'd require 'We The People' to stand up, speak out and insist on it... which is going to require 'We The People' to switch from koolaid to Tea.

One lump or two?

KeesKennis said...

Good morning Ma'm
Hey Vman,
The Angus was outsourced from Scotland to the USA and as they are a Black hornless breed, I wonder about your "triple Angus burger"
Racism everywhere
Sorry Ma'm