Last week in speech at the K. Neal International Trucks Plant in Maryland, President Obama trumpeted the May Unemployment Numbers. "The economy added 431,000 jobs. Now this is the fifth month in a row we've seen jobs grow. - This report is a sign that our economy is getting stronger by the day" the president said.
Well let's dig a little deeper into this 431,000 jobs. Only 41,000 of these jobs were in the private sector and 390,000 of these jobs are temporary census workers bringing the total to 550,000 census workers (an estimated 1.4 million temporary workers will be hired in total). To put that in perspective, that is once census worker for every 560 people in America.
I find it hard to believe that it takes that many people to conduct the census. How does that compare to other sectors that actually contribute to the economy?
- Census = 550,000 Workers
- Airline workers = 456,000 Workers
- Electronics & Appliance Store = 480,000 Workers
- Oil & Gas = 165,000 Workers
- Rail = 216,000 Workers
- Utility = 557,000 Workers
- Source - Bureau of Labor & Statistics & iMarketNews.com
The cost of the census has skyrocketed as well. The 2000 census cost an estimated $4.5 billion and the 2010 census will cost taxpayers an estimated $14.5 billion. That's more than 3 times the cost of the 2000 census. So where did all that money go?
- 3.8 million People were recruited to conduct the census and a total of 1.4 million will be hired.
- Sponsorship of a NASCAR Team.
- 425,000,000 direct mail pieces printed in 28 languages.
- 11.6 million pounds of paper (425,000 truckloads or 341,146 trees).
- 24 different TV ads.
- Super Bowl ad - $2.5 Million.
- An interactive website.
- Teaching aids for schools.
- A road tour.
- Various partnerships.
- Social Media.
- Source - visualeconomics.com & conservatree.com
With waste like this we're supposed to trust these people to manage our health care system. That's not likely to happen when the post office can't even break even and relies tax payer bailouts to continue operation. Social Security and Medicare are on the verge of bankruptcy and are also going to require some sort of taxpayer bailout in the near future. When will our government learn that this is not their money it's ours? We need to hold them accountable for their actions in November.
See you in the trenches...