The Rule of Thumb: Size of government

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    As the population continues to grow, so does the size of government to meet the needs of the people. My question is, what should be the ratio of government employees to how many citizens? If we can agree on a ratio, a standard could be set to guide America.

    I would think 20% would be sufficient to run federal government. That is about 1 worker to every 15,000 citizens. I think I hear figures of around 50%, but whatever, that is my estimate, 1 to 1,500 citizens should be the standard.
     
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    Better rule of thumb. No government official till a specific need is shown that cannot be satisfied by the private sector.
     
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    Does this include our military personnel? I.e., Government employees?
     
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    United States Armed Forces - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Hell, there's 7% right there....
     
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    That is a bad rule of thumb because the private sector cost us more than having government do it themselves. ie Haliburton discretions.

    So back to looking for a reasonable standard.
     
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    It's far too simplistic to work on a percentage.
     
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    I think it should. In nam the ratio was five support people to one combat troop with feet on the ground. The ME is much higher, because private contractors have taken over many military positions. mess halls, fuel, cargo, protection, etc.
     
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    Here's the rule of thumb: government should continuously seek to improve productivity and to reduce its burden upon taxpayers.
     
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    And yet we still need over 2M men and women as actual soldiers???? Really? For defense?

    Including water, the United States is 3,618,780 square miles. Do we REALLY need over 2 million people to defend this?
     
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    "The Obama administration says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, topping 2 million for the first time since President Clinton declared that “the era of big government is over” and joined forces with a Republican-led Congress in the 1990s to pare back the federal work force.

    Most of the increases are on the civilian side, which will grow by 153,000 workers, to 1.43 million people, in fiscal 2010.

    The expansion could provide more ammunition to those arguing that the government is trying to do too much under President Obama."

    Largest-ever federal payroll to hit 2.15 million - Washington Times

    That would be about a 12% increase in federal (civilian) employees.

    "As the population continues to grow, so does the size of government ..."

    By your calculations, the population of the United States is about 350 millon, huh?
     

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