Government payrolls, non-benefit programs shrinking amid GOP demands for even more cuts

  • Article by: TOM RAUM , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 22, 2013 - 3:22 AM
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elmore1Feb. 22, 13 6:19 AM

The headline makes it sound like this is caused by the GOP. Both parties lead by President Obama are all equally responsible. The reduction in public sector jobs is not a bad thing. They have found ways to do more with less. We constantly do this in the private sector. It is called "productivity improvements".

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formergopFeb. 22, 13 7:30 AM

Goptp must understand Social Security amd Medicare are not an entitlement. It is paid for by the people who earn a paycheck. The only entitlement I see is the over stuffed benefit package and pay the lawmakers currently enjoy.

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firefight41Feb. 22, 13 8:58 AM

Spending by federal, state and local governments on payrolls, equipment, buildings, teachers, emergency workers, defense programs and other core governmental functions has been shrinking steadily since the deep 2007-2009 recession and as the anemic recovery continues. ************* The anemic recovery is not being seen by the federal government. In 2008 total federal employees (including military) was 4,206,000; In 2009 (Obama administration) it jumped up by 224,000 to a total of 4,430,000; in 2010 it jumped up again (understandable since that was the year of the census) to 4,443,000; it dropped to a 4,403,000 in 2011 still 197,000 more employed under the Obama administration than with the Bush administration. It looks like Obama eithere did not reduce the number of middle managers in the federal workforce or he placed more people under middle managers.

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flatstanleyFeb. 22, 1310:55 AM

firefight41, one of the reasons for our anemic recovery is Republican insistance that cutting the debt is more important than lowering unemployment. When Republican policies have put 750,000 public employees out of work, they shouldn't be surprised by high unemployment rates, an increase in payouts of unemployment claims, and more Americans who qualify for medical assistance and other programs.

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texas_technomanFeb. 22, 1311:21 AM

GOP wants smaller government, no regulations, and larger military so they pour more taxpayers $$ into the maw of the military industrial complex! Talk about welfare!

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firefight41Feb. 22, 1311:53 AM

firefight41, one of the reasons for our anemic recovery is Republican insistance that cutting the debt is more important than lowering unemployment. When Republican policies have put 750,000 public employees out of work, *********** Yet the Obama administration added 197,000 jobs to their payroll. Your argument does not make sense. What 750,000 public employees are you speaking about?

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ranger1873Feb. 22, 1312:01 PM

"Huge cuts". Ha. We're talking about 1.5 cents on the dollar in a budget for a federal government that is still going to spend more money than it did last year. Although, it might be true that Mexican druglords may have to find their firearms without the help of the Justice Department and Senator Menendez may have to look for his 'entertainment' locally instead of overseas.

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kleindropperFeb. 22, 1312:46 PM

A propoganda article. These "cuts" were insisted upon by the President and a Democratic Senate. I find it interesting that the entire government seems to run on $85 billion. It makes you wonder what the other $3,700 billion is going towards.

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kleindropperFeb. 22, 1312:52 PM

It's funny how the government managed to get by on a $2.7 trillion budget 5 YEARS AGO (2007) and now a 2% cut to a $3.8 trillion budget causes mass chaos?

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kindaliberalFeb. 22, 13 1:01 PM

"..It's a massive drag on the economy. We lost three-quarter million public-sector jobs in the recovery," said economist Heidi Shierholz..."----Anyone think losing 750K middle class jobs helps increase demand? Doesn't matter if you approve of it or not. You could cut corporate or small business taxes to zero and they still wouldn't add jobs if demand doesn't increase. Why hire if you don't need the workers? That is the problem with the economy going forward and it doesn't matter which party is in charge. If demand doesn't increase much and products can be produced with continually less employees, growth will be slow. The shrinking middle class is a huge problem.

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