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Why is the federal government hiring while the rest of corporate america is having layoffs?

Revenues are down for not only corporations, but also the federal, state, and local governments. So why is the federal government adding so many jobs? Don't you think they would be contracting due to the lower amount of revenue they are receiving? Here is the link you wanted http://www.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20080430/1a_lede30_dom.art.htm

Asked By: Obama - Wimp in the White House - 2/12/2009
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Every time the government develops some new program (bailouts for example), new employees have to be hired to do the overseeing and accounting and paper shuffling for those programs....i.e. support staff. For some reason, the government seems to think that their workers can only do one thing at a time Odd when you... More
Answered By: Poohcat1 - 2/12/2009
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Your kidding right?! How many jobs are they adding and where are they? Please back up your question with a source.
Answered By: excellentbeatz - 2/12/2009
 
Getting as many people as possible on their teat, and there they'll stay.
Answered By: dudiedood - 2/12/2009
 
i have not seen it, in North Carolina there are hiring freezes for the city and state governments maybe the federal government still needs people
Answered By: lemontreesp - 2/12/2009
 
The more people who depend on the govt., the better, according to democrats. This is socialism in the making.
Answered By: sunstarr - 2/12/2009
 
they need voters for the 2010 elections, so if they give jobs to at least 4 million, that 4 million will roughly translate for 4 million votes.
Answered By: black leopard - 2/12/2009
 
Havben't you heard , they are contracting , but only to unionized companies so your union dues will make up for the raise they give you and moreso . However it will allow you to dine at the ObmaPork Barrell .
Answered By: Loyd/Mary P - 2/12/2009
 
I am a federal employee and I waste my working day on YA asking moron questions on the tax payers dime. Scott White
Answered By: PinckneyMIVillageIdiot - 2/12/2009
 
Contractors charge the government more. But then, you have to factor in the cost of insurance and 401k matches by the government. Usually, contractors charge the feds twice the amount they pay the actual employee - for profit and for paying the insurance costs and other benefits of the employee. Hard to say
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Answered By: Muddle of Pud - 2/12/2009
 
votes votes votes votes votes votes votes votes votes votes!!!
Answered By: We Told You So - 2/12/2009
 
Because the government is coming into a lot of money. Ours!
Answered By: Cheryl - 2/12/2009
 
The money for this "Economic Stimulus" is coming from the sale of US Bonds, which will come due in thirty years. Who has bought the majority of US Bonds... More
Answered By: Free To Be Me - 2/12/2009
 
They are the ones with all the money.
Answered By: JEFF S - 2/12/2009
 
It's just backward of what WILL bring prosperity. Only the government will hire a bunch of people when it is clear that the ability pay for them is dwindling. All the government employees take more out of the system than they put in. They are a net tax drain. Only private enterprises are a net tax gain. It makes little... More
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Answered By: Good Guy - 2/12/2009
 
Because unlike corporate America, if the U.S. government wants more money all they have to do is either borrow it from China or print more. You need to remember, they own the mint and that is precisely what they are doing... More
Answered By: RitchWilliams - 2/12/2009
 
It is a quandary. The Government does not create wealth. Only the private sector can do that. What the Government creates is "work" not jobs. A job is self-sustaining. Work is only something to do. That is a critical difference. If you give private business incentives to grow and expand, they create jobs and... More
Answered By: Jacob W - 2/12/2009
 
Bob you are right at this moment in time they have a unlimited resource the tax payer they create all kinds of laws inspections oversight that the private sector has to meet this in turn creates jobs for the government and if they are not hiring they are getting pay increases also continue to get the best health care... More
Answered By: buster - 2/12/2009
 
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