What those number really tell us is the government got in the business of contracting out it’s labor force. The ratio of people paid by the government verses the private sector is meaningless without looking at the dollars spent.
That’s a good point. It would be interesting to see that same number including govt contractors. I work for the govt and in my organization contractors outnumber govt employees by at least 3 to 1. For a given project there’s usually a government lead who calls the shots and then there’s a bunch of contractors under him who do the bulk of the work. It actually works really well and we’ve got a good relationship with our contractors who do excellent work. But there’s no doubt that you’re not seeing the whole picture if you’re only looking at the govt side of things.
That’s very true; I hear that even in the Dem bastions of local government around here.