Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Sask: Grow the economy, not the government

My latest commentary on taxpayer.com...

Of course, this doesn’t stop the government from trumpeting their overwhelming success in economic development. Industry Minister Eric Cline said the job increases are a “testament to the diversification and strength of Saskatchewan’s economy.”

The economy is diverse if by “diverse” you mean the difference between various government departments. Cline also warns that this growth is a “double-edged sword” in that they are now having trouble filling some positions.

For taxpayers, an unfilled government position isn’t a liability, it’s a blessing.

Since 1995, our provincial government has grown its payroll by 12,190 bodies and hiked the average wage by 22 per cent. The number of working people sticking around in Saskatchewan to pay these wages is in slow but steady decline.

Sound like trouble?

1 comment:

Shawn said...

Socialists are inherently unable to comprehend the difference between tax-paying enterpreneurs and tax-costing public servants. I have had several discussions on this with friends who think they "... are taxpayers too." Unfortunately, the faces get blank when you point out that their entire salary comes from other peoples taxes. Any real growth in the economy (i.e.: private sector) is in spite of the government, not because of it.

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