Sunday, October 17, 2010

Balance The Budget?

I hear so much talk about balancing the federal budget, so I looked up some facts.
The estimated 2010 Federal deficit = $1.171 trillion (1)
Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 (2)
Divide the deficit by the average salary = 9,516,534 employee will have to be laid-off.
There are 2,748,978 civilian federal employees in the United States as of January 2009 (3)
As of December 31, 2009 1,421,668 people are on active duty (4)
Total = 4,140,646
So that leaves still another 5.375,888 people to be laid-off.

So I have a question for the Tea Partier, how the hell are you going to balance the budget without raising taxes? You can close down the Federal government, do away with the military and the budget still would not be balanced. You would have to lay off another 5 million civilian contractors.

Say you only want to cut the size of the government in half. That means you have to laid off even more civilian contractors, a total of about 12 or 14 million people because civilian makes about a half of what federal employees make (2).

What would you get? Chaos. Anarchy.

(1)2010 United States federal budget
(2)Federal workers earning double their private counterparts
(3)Number of Federal Employees
(4)United States Armed Forces

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