Pentagon to create 20,000 jobs to manage arms buys

President Barack Obama’s Defense Department plans to create 20,000 new government jobs to help revise how it buys more than $100 billion of weapons each year, the Pentagon’s No. 2 official told Congress.


One Response to “Pentagon to create 20,000 jobs to manage arms buys”

  1. Soeren Says:

    Philosophical considerations aside, these newly “created” jobs may help
    a few thousand unemployed folks get back on their feet (in the short term, anyway), but the fundamental problems with this are twofold:

    1)It’s practically a certainty that these jobs will be paid for with *borrowed* taxpayer dollars which will only add to the deficit.

    2)These types of jobs don’t *produce* anything, meaning they add nothing to the GDP.

    IMHO, if we’re going to fund “make-work” jobs with taxpayer money, I think they should at least be put to work on things that benefit all of us, such as public infrastructure(roads, bridges, ect). I find it hard to believe
    that in this day and age of computerized supply-chain management and logistics, we need an army of 20,000 purchasing agents to spend money we don’t have – and I’m *tempted* to say “on things we don’t need”, but
    I want to stay clear of political issues and stick to economic ones;-)

    How much are these 20,000 new employees giong to cost us, and does anyone think the possible savings these new hires might find for us in the Pentagon’s procurement system(s), will offset the costs of their employment by at least enough to allow us to rationalize that, “well, even though they aren’t exactly earning their keep, at least there’s 20,000 more paychecks in circulation helping the local economy”?

    It seems to me that lately, no matter which side of Demopublican Duopoly occupies the White House, the gov’t just keeps growing and getting bigger, leaving fewer and fewer people who actually *produce*
    something of value that someone else may actually want to buy, to support more and more governmental “overhead”.

    This makes it increasingly difficult for American businesses to retain employees during difficult times, grow and create new jobs during better times, and pay a decent wage to their employees. Higher taxes will also makes it difficult for American businesses to compete in the global marketplace – which is at least part of the reason American businesses
    have outsourced so many of our jobs overseas. It’s not always greed – sometimes, it’s a matter of survival.

    I know I’m going off on a tangent, here, but with all the “tax, borrow and spend” going on unabated, I forsee a time in the near future, where our
    incomes will be taxed at European Welfare State rates, but with none of the benefits.

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