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The Conservative Producer and the Liberal Consumer

March 13, 2013

The fundamental problem with socialism and ideologies of the same ilk is that they are all much more interested in spreading the wealth than creating it.  It is just a bit ironic that it is those on the left who represent the ultimate consumer.  On the other hand, it is conservatives who are truly compassionate in that they realize that in order to care for the young, the old, and the less fortunate it is vital to attract and retain the producers.  It is an unfortunate fact that it is often those with conservative values who are their own worst enemy by mitigating the initial harmful effects of socialism.

The reader might find the following facts of some interest.

According to the total population of the United States in 2013 is  around 317,260,000

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Establishment method):

the number of individuals on non-farm payrolls as of February, 2013 was                             133,603,000

the number of government employees (included in the number above) was                               22,171,000

the number of individuals employed not including government employees was                 111,432,000


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (Household method):

the total number of all individuals employed (note: not just non-farm payrolls)  was        143,492,000

the number of government employees (included in the number above) was                                   22,171,000

the number of individuals employed not including government employees was                     121,321,000


Although the numbers may not be entirely accurate at the margins the fact remains that each gainfully employed person, whether part or full-time, supports two additional persons.  The reality is that this number actually understates the extent of the problem.  The figures were pulled from a yet to be published article which looks at these figures in much greater depth, but there is no question that as the population ages the ratio will almost certainly climb even higher.

Thank you.


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  1. Chloe permalink

    I had not thought about that, but it is ironic, isn’t it ?!!
    …Those most likely to spread the wealth, are the majority of the consumers.

    I also found your statistical analysis interesting – 1 employed = 2 additional persons being supported.

    Food for thought. Thank you.

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