Lingyu wrote:Meade, by your logic the way to expand the economy is to hire more state employees to provide more services, like higher education, because state employees are "net contributors". I'm sure that some of your Republican friends will jump in right about now to tell us what a great idea this is.
As I stated, I pay in so that you and your wife can feed from the public trough.
As I stated, Lingyu, we don't feed from the public trough. But if you really believe that we benefit at your expense, please do the math, email it to me, and I'll be happy to write you a check so that we are square.
The way to expand the economy is to free private enterprise from overregulation, higher taxes, and government policy uncertainty. More importantly, pay down our national debt by spending only what we take in. Live within our means. Stop borrowing.
As for public employees - yes, hire only employees who will generate a net contribution. Through attrition, let all others go. Government should be lean and mean. The "safety net" should be broad, shallow, and strong - only enough to catch those who would otherwise perish, uncomfy enough to incentivize getting out of it asap if one possibly can. Continue to encourage volunteerism. Especially from retirees like Henry Vilas and semi-retirees like me.