We Are All Hacks Now

One of Woody Guthrie’s lesser know oeuvres is a simple little children’s ditty called “Howdi Do”.

I stick out my little hand
To ev’ry woman, kid and man
And I shake it up and down, howjido, howjido
Yes, I shake it up and down, howjido

Howdy doozle doodle doozie
Howji hijie heejie hojie,
Howji hojie heejie hijie,
Howjido, howjido, howjido, sir,
Doodle doosie, howjido.

On your sidewalk, on your street, any place that you do meet, shake your neighbor by the hand—you’re hacks too:

Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments.

By November, according to data BLS released today, the total number of people employed had climbed to 143,262,000, an overall increase of 847,000 in the six months since June.

In the same five-month period since June, the number of people employed by government increased by 621,000 to 20,559,000. These 621,000 new government jobs created in the last five months equal 73.3 percent of the 847,000 new jobs created overall.

Rush had this number a few days ago, as we reported, but it’s still stunning to consider. Three out of every four new jobs are government jobs. In this Obamacovery, the private sector can barely create 55,000 jobs a month.

No wonder we need the rich to pay more, and we need another stimulus and a QE3 (or is it 4?): if the Lord won’t provide, the government will have to.

Of course, we’re only a few years (if that) away from the famous Soviet system where “we pretend to work and they pretend to pay us”. (Which the Soviets learned from Detroit automakers’ “jobs banks” anyway.)

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