Joel Kotkin makes a serious indictment of the stimulus package "as a massive bailout and expansion of the public-sector workforce as well as quasi-government workers in fields like health and education." One of the things we're likely to see in the next few years is a vast expansion of the public sector work force (as has happened in New Labour's Britain), with public sector employee unions taking their slice in the form of union dues and putting much of that money into electing Democratic (and sympathetic Republican) politicians. It threatens to ratchet up the public sector--much of which is in state and local rather than the federal government--as a part of our economy, a leech that sucks the life out of the private sector economy. By the way, if you think this is a partisan screed, Kotkin is a Democrat.
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