Your government at work

govt at work

There once was a time when Americans visiting communist countries would make fun of the ubiquity of their superfluous and redundant workers.

I still remember my first trip to the People’s Republic of China in 1981. Only two years ago, the country had begun its “capitalist” economic reforms and opened itself to the West. Then, as now, China is a one-party state, where the Communist Party wields monopolistic power.

While waiting in Beijing airport for my flight back to the United States, I saw a team of about 10 workers constructing a new departure/arrival gate. I was amused that most of the workers weren’t actually working, but instead stood idly by, chatting and smoking. One woman was squatted down on the floor cooking noodles in a small pot over a grill.

Little did I know that years later, we would have the EXACT same surplus and superfluous labor here in America.

The standard joke in socialist countries is: “The state pretends to pay us, and we pretend to work.” But we do them one better here in Amerika: “We pretend to work, and the state taxpayers pay us! — and they pay us well!”

See also “What’s wrong with government in one graph“.

H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska


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THAT is the exact thing the people of Massachusetts saw with “The Big Dig”, the project to build a commuter tunnel under Boston, thus reducing traffic problems in the city. The project was planned from 1982, and the construction went on from 1991 to 2007. During that time, Boston commuters, stuck in traffic jams, were treated to what appeared to be an extended coffee break. Of course, traffic in Boston is just as bad as before. But on the plus side (snark), union workers had high paid jobs for an extended period, so they would be happy to continue to… Read more »


Enterprise Corruption demonstrates that monopoly capitalism truly is the best friend of socialism.

Monopoly capitalism aka big end of town has NOTHING in common with free market capitalism.


Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this interesting post. The goal of government should be to have efficiency and resourcefulness to save taxpayers’ money.