In the wake of dismal revenue figures indicating that Kansas will need to come up with $279 million in savings by June, the Republican speaker of the state House of Representatives is calling for drastic cuts to government services rather than increased taxation, asserting that government public employees “produce nothing.”
“Government employees produce nothing. They’re a net consumer,” Ray Merrick told the Wichita Eagle late last week. “That is employment to Democrats. Hire more [government employees]. And that was Kathleen [Sebelius, the state's governor from 2003 to 2009]; she’d brag about her employment number, ‘Oh, I got a lot of people employed.’ Yeah, you got a lot more government employees employed. That doesn’t stimulate the economy,” he added.
It’s certainly news to economists that a dollar spent by a public school teacher or firefighter doesn’t count the same as a dollar spent by a private sector office worker — just as it’s news that educating young minds and protecting public safety amounts to “nothing...”
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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