On Twitter, I follow the official Twitter channel of the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev (KremlinRussia_E). This morning I received the following series of tweets about forthcoming administrative staff reductions in Russian government:
- Ordered the administration and government to prepare a forecast of civil service reductions in the next few years http://krln.ru/f9n4
- First of all we must determine how many civil servants are needed to carry out their tasks effectively.
- Preliminary plans call for a 20% reduction in the state administrative staff. These cuts are necessary, but they must be well thought-out.
This inspires me to ask why the hell must the United States continue the unabated expansion of government and its associated drag on the economy when other countries are embarking on austerity programs in the face of what is perceived to be a lasting worldwide economic lean period?
Come on, people! If even the great bureaucracy of Russia is going to shrink, what are we waiting for?
Elsewhere, they’re seeing the light. Here, we’ve either forgotten or chosen to ignore some very fundamental macroeconomic principles. If it weren’t so scary and economically consequential to the rest of the world, our governmental profligacy would be the laughingstock of the planet.
You didn’t hear? The recession ended last year.
The amusing part is the comments in any article reciting said half-truth. People are genuinely furious at the headline, let alone the economic council which came to that conclusion.
Unemployment is still around 9.6%. Realistically, it is way higher. Cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh are severely depressed. We have massive deficits, and elitist rulers (who are not afraid of the governed) shielded by a protective media (thank the Almighty for blogs, and to some extent, FOX).
Let us all hope November comes as a pimpslap to Washington.
The Nittany Turkey says
Even in Florida, we’re over 11% unemployment, but if the White House and their coolies tell us that the recession is over, who the hell are we to argue? They spake it, and thus it must be the truth.
Not only are the elitist rulers not afraid of the governed, but also they think that if wear us down by continually calling us stupid, we’ll eventually accept the notion that we actually are stupid. Thank God we have awakened from our soporific complacency and begun to rebel against this outrage. A growing majority will no longer accept the institutionalized denial emanating from the administration and Congress.
We’re onto a solution. I hope we put our money where our mouth is. Dump the self-interested, elitist bastards in November.
Up here in Eskimo land (excuse me Inuit land) we could get rid of the friggin’ Senate and all the high paid Senators that are mostly patronage appointments for life and have many perks. No penalty if they don’t come to sessions – no one seems to care. A lot of money spent on the Red Chamber when all they do is give final and royal assent to any stupid bills that are passed. The big thing now is the gun registration bill and no one can make a decision on it. We don’t have a gun problem here (yet) so why all the money spent on debating it in the House. Bills never get passed because we have a minority government in place. Don’t get me started………………..
The Nittany Turkey says
I would have preferred congressional gridlock to the flurry of hastily passed liberal legislation during Obama’s short honeymoon. Now, finally, they’re actually hashing things out to some extent. Lots of Obama’s own party are jumping off the ship to save their own asses prior to what promises to be a tumultuous election in November.