Krugman Is Still A Lying Sack Of You Know What

From Mr. Duplicity himself:

During today’s round table on ABC, Rand Paul seemed shocked at my claim that government employment is down under Obama. Of course, it is.

Oh, is it? Well, then someone ought to tell the U.S. Office of Personnel Management because they tell a different story:

Federal Personnel (Executive Branch):
2008: 2,692,000
2010 (latest data): 2,776,000

For a increase of 84,000 employees.

Total Federal Personnel:
2008: 4,206,000
2010: 4,443,000

For an increase of 237,000 employees.

 I’m still looking for the decrease here Paulie.

But, that’s right, Krugman cannot be bothered looking up the real numbers because he is too busy blaming Bush:

But maybe he’s thinking of the fact that since govt employment rose under Bush, we’re still at higher absolute levels than we were a decade ago.

Well, let’s look at the Bush numbers, shall we?

Federal Personnel (Executive Branch):

1999: 2,687,000
2008: 2,692,000

For an increase of 5000 employees in 8 years.

So Bush increased the Executive Branch by an average of 625 employee per year. The Obama number? 42,000 per year.

Total Federal Personnel:
1999: 4,135,000
2008: 4,206,000

For a total growth of 71,000, or 8875 per year. The Obama number? 118,500 per year.

So, how does Krugman get his numbers? Well, by lying. Krugman adds in all of the local and state government jobs lost since the start of 2009 because of the horrible Obama economy, and portrays them perversely as evidence of Obama’s penny pinching ways. So, your local government had to lay off teachers because property tax revenues have plummeted? Well, says Krugman, you can thank Obama. And, hey, all you protestors in Wisconsin! According to Krugman you’ve got it all wrong. Scott Walker isn’t to blame. Any changes in state spending and hiring are all Obama’s doing!

I’m sorry, but in the real world President Obama controls the Federal government and its hiring practices. The Federal government has increased since Obama came to office and at a rate many times that of President Bush. President Obama has nothing to do with whether your local government has to lay off its librarians, except in the generic sense of being to blame for the state of the so-called recovery that has put state and local governments in the bind they are in. 

 I’m sure Paul’s hesitation when confronted with the Krugman statement on the Sunday talk shows was caused by his not being able to believe that A) Anyone could make as stupid or dishonest an argument as Paul Krugman has made, or B) That there could be anyone so stupid as to believe it.

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3 Responses to Krugman Is Still A Lying Sack Of You Know What

  1. Gaius says:

    Amen. Glad to have you back posting, Rich.

  2. Mr Flinchy says:

    You’re still including temporary census worker numbers. That would be footnote 4 in the table you link to. Nice try, though.

  3. Rich Horton says:


    Another “talking point” parroted back as if real…. OK, lets do the work. The data I link to goes all the way back to 1962, but lets just look at the 2000 and 1990 and see how the Census affected those years:

    1989 (Pre-census): 3,064,000
    1990 (Census): 3,067,000
    1991 (Census)): 3,048,000

    So the 90/91 average (3,057,500) is LESS than the pre-census numbers.

    1999 (Pre-census): 2,687,000
    2000 (Census): 2,639,000
    2001 (Census): 2,640,000

    So, the 2000/01 average is 2,639,500 is once again LESS than the pre-census numbers.

    What can we take from this? Well, in the past census hiring produced NO INCREASE in these employment numbers. (Same thing happens if we look at Total Federal Employment figures.)

    And, indeed, if we just compare the 2008 to 2009 numbers (neither of which includes census hiring) we see that the Federal job rolls increased by 82,000 (in the executive branch) and by a total of 224,000 for the Federal goverment as a whole.

    So…bye, bye talking point. It’s too bad you were too non-sensical to live.

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