ADP reports “unexpected” decline in payroll employment for March

posted at 10:12 am on March 31, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The Wall Street Journal gets into the favorite-adverb act today, but perhaps they have an excuse.  The White House sent signals this week that the job numbers for March would look healthier than those months preceding it.  Given that, the news that private-sector payrolls declined yet again may have been “unexpected” for the WSJ:

Private payrolls unexpectedly fell in March, according to data released Wednesday.

Private-sector jobs in the U.S. dropped by 23,000 this month, according to a national employment report published Wednesday by payroll giant Automatic Data Processing Inc. and consultancy firm Macroeconomic Advisers.

The ADP survey tallies only private-sector jobs, while the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ nonfarm payroll data, to be released Friday, include government workers. The addition of workers for the 2010 census is expected to lift federal government payrolls.

The ADP number compares with a 50,000 gain projected by economists in a Dow Jones Newswires survey. The change in employment from January 2010 to February 2010 was revised down slightly, from a decline of 20,000 to a decline of 24,000.

The Wall Street Journal expects to see a Bureau of Labor Statistics report on Friday that shows a jump of 200,000 in employment — while keeping the jobless rate at 9.7%.  Apparently, so does the Washington Post:

On Friday, the Labor Department will release a closely watched March employment report expected to show the strongest job growth in three years, driven by stabilization in the economy and a rebound from February snowstorms.

The Post also finally finds someone to blame for lagging unemployment …. workers:

One of the great surprises of the economic downturn that began 27 months ago is this: Businesses are producing only 3 percent fewer goods and services than they were at the end of 2007, yet Americans are working nearly 10 percent fewer hours because of a mix of layoffs and cutbacks in the workweek.

That means high-level gains in productivity — which in the long run is the key to a higher standard of living but in the short run contributes to sky-high unemployment. So long as employers can squeeze dramatically higher output from every worker, they won’t need to hire again despite the growing economy. …

Instead companies squeezed more work out of remaining employees, accounting for a 3.8 percent boost in worker productivity in 2009, the best in seven years. Which raises the question: Why couldn’t companies have achieved those gains back when the economy was in better shape? The answer to that may lie on the other side of the equation — employees.

Workers were in a panic of their own in 2009. Fearful of losing their jobs, people seem to have become more willing to stretch themselves to the limit to get more done in any given hour of work. And they have been tolerant of furloughs and cutbacks in hours, which in better times would drive them to find a new employer. This has given companies the leeway to cut back without the fear of losing valuable employees for good.

Those big employment numbers may still arrive, the WSJ reports, but it will mainly be temp workers for the Census Bureau.  The private sector only gained in the service sector (+28,000 jobs), while losing factory jobs (-9,000) and small-business jobs (-12,000).  This time, the White House can’t blame the weather, either.


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I’m unexpectedly surprised. Who’s right? I heard they were going to trumpet jobs”gains” Friday?

sandee on March 31, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Historically unexpected.

Where are those 400,000 jobs Pelosi said would immediately be added once ObamaCare was passed?

JammieWearingFool on March 31, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Lies dressed up in pretty lace, are still lies, aren’t they.

Always wait for the revisions, everybody knows the Obama administration is cooking the books …

tarpon on March 31, 2010 at 10:17 AM

This time, the White House can’t blame the weather, either.

No, but they can sure blame Bush!

Johnnyreb on March 31, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Speaking of the Census did anyone read the email Michelle posted on her website yesterday from a person who is now working for the census? It details how much money is being wasted on the census. I understand “quality control” but this is disgusting.

milwife88 on March 31, 2010 at 10:19 AM

ARE YOU NOT STIMULATED?

Good Lt on March 31, 2010 at 10:19 AM

CNBC/NBC is running out of ways to cover for their big hero, Zero.
Now they have been reduced to trotting out the classic B.S. line “the new normal”, regarding unemployment.
Which is basically saying, “Your job losses are for the greater good of Obama.”

jjshaka on March 31, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Of course most of the media will go out of their way to hype up the creation of 200,000 new jobs, ignoring that they’re census workers.

BTW, am I the only one concerned that the government will take their time letting these census workers go so the unemployment rate doesn’t take a huge hit all at once? With the White House now overseeing the thing, I don’t have any faith in how this is being run.

Doughboy on March 31, 2010 at 10:20 AM

The addition of workers for the 2010 census is expected to lift federal government payrolls.

America: the new temp society.

Vashta.Nerada on March 31, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Where are those 400,000 jobs Pelosi said would immediately be added once ObamaCare was passed?

Are you threatening Speaker Pelosi?

RACIST! NAZI! HATEMONGER!

Good Lt on March 31, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Where are those 400,000 jobs Pelosi said would immediately be added once ObamaCare was passed?

JammieWearingFool on March 31, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Those are government jobs. Stand by…it won’t take long.

orlandocajun on March 31, 2010 at 10:20 AM

It’s my fault if I save money.
It’s my fault if I don’t.
It’s my fault if I am too productive.
It’s my fault if I am not productive enough.

I keep forgetting, the Progressives know best, and that everything will always be my fault.

Until November……..

khacha on March 31, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Lolly, lolly, lolly get your adverbs here……

rock the casbah on March 31, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I’m thinking this is unprecedented, too.

With the White House now overseeing the thing, I don’t have any faith in how this is being run.

Doughboy

Odamna could destroy the faith of the Pope.

Crusader Rabbit on March 31, 2010 at 10:26 AM

ARE YOU NOT STIMULATED?

Good Lt on March 31, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I am unexpectedly stimulated.

darwin on March 31, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Lies dressed up in pretty lace, are still lies, aren’t they.

Always wait for the revisions, everybody knows the Obama administration is cooking the books …

tarpon on March 31, 2010 at 10:17 AM

That’s why the rate will stay at 9.7 percent even if the report does show an addition of 200,000 jobs. They’ll still be lying, but at least they won’t be lying “as much.”

MobileVideoEngineer on March 31, 2010 at 10:27 AM

I guess the bottom is going to drop out in August when the majority of census workers will be done with the door-to-door interviews.

ButterflyDragon on March 31, 2010 at 10:28 AM

they won’t need to hire again despite the growing economy. …

Despite the what????

Daggett on March 31, 2010 at 10:28 AM

That’s no moon… it’s a Death Debt Star!

Enoxo on March 31, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Freaking Democrats.

Lives are being destroyed – and the total lack of economic intelligence is simple criminal in its impact.

The anger this nation is building is fomenting, is staggering – I have never seen anything like this in my 51 years.

jake-the-goose on March 31, 2010 at 10:28 AM

Well of course the weather is still to blame! After all that snow, people normally looking for jobs are OUT ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE!

Next month, it will be because of all the Easter Egg hunts being held. People didn’t have time to look for a job.

GarandFan on March 31, 2010 at 10:29 AM

JammieWearingFool on March 31, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Enter “increase in US employment” into google.

Did you mean decrease in US employment?

rightside on March 31, 2010 at 10:30 AM

LOL NOOOO!!!!

FULL OPERATIONAL

blatantblue on March 31, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Yes Emperor the porkulus is fully operational! He is getting all wee weed up again.

tim c on March 31, 2010 at 10:30 AM

This time, the White House can’t blame the weather, either.

You want to bet? There’ massive flooding in the Northeast.

Enoxo on March 31, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Hard pivot to jobs, jobs, jobs! Cap’n Rape and Amnesty!!

cntrlfrk on March 31, 2010 at 10:33 AM

ADP is usually incorrect. I’m not buying in to any early unemployment information any more. Nothing we are being told is factual and its all put out for a purpose.

Lets wait and see the propaganda on Friday. I’m wagering they will report all is warm and wonderful in unicorn land.

Any takers?

dogsoldier on March 31, 2010 at 10:35 AM

dogsoldier on March 31, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Go buy your lolly pops. ADP doesn’t calculate the government fix.

CTSherman on March 31, 2010 at 10:40 AM

That’s ok,The commerce department just released an “unexpected” and revised number for factory orders. They’re up. I’m so surprised. The stock market was going down in flames this morning, but this “unexpected” good news brought it back up.

sandee on March 31, 2010 at 10:41 AM

CNBC/NBC is running out of ways to cover for their big hero, Zero.
Now they have been reduced to trotting out the classic B.S. line “the new normal”, regarding unemployment.
Which is basically saying, “Your job losses are for the greater good of Obama.”
jjshaka on March 31, 2010 at 10:20 AM

“the new normal” = Change you can believe in

“The president works each and every day on making our economy stronger and putting us in a position to where we’re creating jobs, businesses are hiring again. I can certainly assure the American people that that is the chief focus of the president of the United States.”
— Robert Gibbs

Oopsdaisy on March 31, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Reality is knocking on the door, Barry.

The One is now in favor of (at least considering) offshore drilling on the east coast. This demonstrates an Economics 101 understanding of supply and demand and is a clear improvement from the knowledge he evinced in the campaign.

It is significantly above the Obama Money attitude of his core supporters, although they were mostly college students and sundry other social parasites whose understanding of capitalism is limited to demanding more handouts from what they keep calling the “richest nation on earth”.

Since most of what our leaders say has an expiration date, our Dear Leader will have no trouble reversing himself. He didn’t mean most of what He said when He said it.

But I wonder how the NYT, MSNBC et al. are going to handle all the moves which The One has to make in light of how stupid it makes their lack of questions and previous comments appear?

IlikedAUH2O on March 31, 2010 at 10:42 AM

I hope all 57 states vote all Dimmocrats out of office in November.

Maybe wouldn’t be good for country … unemployment would go up!

txdoc on March 31, 2010 at 10:43 AM

Not mentioned: businesses shedding their less productive workers.

Really, the problem is that wages have not been allowed to adjust downward to their new market clearing level. Instead of firing people or laying them off, businesses should have been reducing wages until the employees left on their own or costs went down enough to make a profit again.

Count to 10 on March 31, 2010 at 10:44 AM

More precipitation AKA pee in the fan…

Speakup on March 31, 2010 at 10:44 AM

They can cook the books and propagandize all they want, but they can’t hide unemployment. Everybody knows people who are out of work – and when those people still can’t find a job months later, even the dimmest bulbs begin to figure out what’s going on.

But Obama thinks he can hide this because he lives in a bubble. And I don’t just mean the handful of Communists and terrorists in his inner circle. I’m talking about the entire city of Washington.

logis on March 31, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Decline in Payroll = Decline in Tax Revenue’s.

I am in awe of Obama’s awesome intellect and vision…NOT!

PappaMac on March 31, 2010 at 10:46 AM

The White House sent signals this week that the job numbers for March would look healthier than those months preceding it. Given that, the news that private-sector payrolls declined yet again…

How did public-sector payrolls do? That is usually where Øbama gets his “good” news.

Kafir on March 31, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Unprecedented

J_Crater on March 31, 2010 at 10:49 AM

The ADP numbers do not reflect the hundreds of thousands of temp Census workers that were hired recently. It is a better indication of what is really going on with jobs.

The analysis of the Wash Post is embarrassing. Why dont they simply look at the job cuts in their own industry – Newspapers. Small businesses have to make payroll every week. The Porkulus did nothing to help small business.

iam7545 on March 31, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Can I be ‘Un-Shocked!’ Is that possible?

PappaMac on March 31, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Stormtrooper….still ridin’ the train.

ted c on March 31, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Decline in Payroll = Decline in Tax Revenue’s.

I am in awe of Obama’s awesome intellect and vision…NOT!

PappaMac on March 31, 2010 at 10:46 AM

Fed tax revenues are already down by over 15% this year and still dropping. Gonna be an ugly end of the fiscal year come about Aug-Sep. I expect some agencies will have to shut down quite a few operations.

Johnnyreb on March 31, 2010 at 10:52 AM

The actual (real) unemployment for construction workers here in Montana is 27%… Democrat Governor, Democrat State Senators, Democrat Congress, Democrat Senate, Democrat President…

To be expected…

Liberals care about power over the people; period. Starve us to death and bring about financial ruin in order to gain complete power.

Keemo on March 31, 2010 at 10:53 AM

I just saw this headline and cracked up. Bless you and Allah for the repeated use of the hilarious “unemployed Starship trooper on the subway” photo. Classic.

Jaibones on March 31, 2010 at 10:54 AM

The change in employment from January 2010 to February 2010 was revised down slightly, from a decline of 20,000 to a decline of 24,000.

These are small stinking numbers. The error from 20,000 to 24,000 was 20%!
.
Lies, LIES, more LIES and damned statistics! Let’s just changed the denominator, OK?

ExpressoBold on March 31, 2010 at 10:54 AM

while keeping the jobless rate at 9.7%

Stop using that phoney number!

REAL unemployment is over 16%. Conservatives should ONLY be using the REAL number, and rubbing it into the progressives face at every opportunity. Using the phoney number plays into 0bama’s narrative, stop using it.

Rebar on March 31, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Yeah but all the jobs being lost now are just the burger-flipping jobs created during the Bush administration.

Akzed on March 31, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Count to 10 on March 31, 2010 at 10:44 AM
—–
The problem, Count, is that the ones who will leave first are the most productive, the “grade A” folks who know they can get their old salaries back elsewhere.

That leaves the company with “grade B” and below, which is to say *not* competitive.

Mew

acat on March 31, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Not mentioned: businesses shedding their less productive workers.
Count to 10 on March 31, 2010 at 10:44 AM

This is the only good thing about the beginning of this Depression. For the first time in years, I have zero dead weight on my staff.

I assume that’s where all the “extra efficiency” is coming from. But the fat’s pretty much gone now. From this point forward all the losses are coming from flesh and bone.

logis on March 31, 2010 at 11:00 AM

This is great democrat success. How else would these greedy and selfish workers get to experience democrat care unless they were unemployed. Democrats care and will take care of these people.

daesleeper on March 31, 2010 at 11:04 AM

daesleeper on March 31, 2010 at 11:04 AM

That’s the goal, to have as many people as possible on as many govt teats as possible. Cloward Pivens in action. They ain’t foolin nobody. Well they are, just not everybody.

Akzed on March 31, 2010 at 11:10 AM

the census people must come to my house because I have a PO box. the stupid census mails the form to our post office addressed to 123 main st. my post office (we are here in town of pop. 1200) usually puts my mail addressed to 123 main street into my PO Box. but noooooo, the census requires that the post office mail my form back because i don’t have a postal employee actually coming around to a box in my yard.

so the census will have to come by or call me.

and trust me, I will not keep them long. they can get right back on that unemployment line in the blink of an eye!

kelley in virginia on March 31, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Amazing, we’re still hemorrhaging jobs, and these liars are refusing to increase the unemployment number. Doesn’t fit the narrative I guess.

Vyce on March 31, 2010 at 11:18 AM

What is so freakin’ hard to understand?

Jobs numbers suck because employers do not have any faith in this tax and spend happy government. It really is that simple.

highhopes on March 31, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I will not keep them long. they can get right back on that unemployment line in the blink of an eye!

kelley in virginia on March 31, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Do what I did and simply tell them how many people are living in the house. There is no reason why the federal government needs to know race, age, and all that other stuff they demand in their forms.

highhopes on March 31, 2010 at 11:27 AM

The recent Ace Post on ‘survior bias’ seems to holding true… same store sales that many are going on don’t factor in the amount of store/restaurant closures… small businesses are still retrenching waiting for their ‘tax hike’ to take effect as the Bush Tax Cuts sunset at the end of the year…

phreshone on March 31, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Why couldn’t companies have achieved those gains back when the economy was in better shape?

Simple. Unions.

loudmouth883 on March 31, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I remember back in the ’70s when 6.5% unemployment was being touted as the equivalent of full employment and it really, and for true, was just people moving around and in-between jobs and, golly gee, just ‘between jobs’.

Then, over the next two decades, unemployment went down… way down… past that ‘new normal’ to the more traditional 2% that was used as ‘full employment’ because there really is some constant movement of people from job to job in a healthy economy. That told me all I needed to know about the MSM and its ability to obfuscate, prevaricate and change the position of the goal posts whenever they felt politicians they liked needed help.

If your analysts are constantly wrong in an ‘unexpected’ fashion, then perhaps, just perhaps, it is time to chuck the analysts you have and find some new ones.

Or use a dart board.

Flip a coin, it is 50% accurate, at least, although not that precise on magnitude.

ajacksonian on March 31, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I knew that I would end up getting blamed for unemployment somehow. Should I be posting on HotAir more often from work?

Our company is hovering at 49 employees, and I think they’d like to keep it that way.

disa on March 31, 2010 at 11:49 AM

This is just infuriating.

You know that if John McCain had somehow won that election in 2008, there would be story after story every day of boarded up shops, bankruptcies, foreclosures, pawn shops doing record business, people selling their gold teeth for food, etc. etc. Yet today we get a story that basically blames the few companies that are still in business for getting people to work harder.

The biggest reason employers are still not hiring is because new employees are about to start costing them a lot more than they are worth. Businesses are afraid their cost of borrowing is going to go up, their business vehicles are costing more due to higher gas prices and new regulations, their taxes are going up at the federal, state, and local level (especially unemployment taxes – this is a very big but almost totally ignored story right now), and now they are going to be forced to pay for health insurance for all their employees or pay a hefty fine to the Feds.

That bigger question is why WOULD any business hire a new employee now?

I interviewed last October for a position with a very large financial services company. They were going to create a new position for me, but in the interim they hired me as a consultant. Five months have passed, and they are in no hurry to hire me as a fulltime employee. I don’t need to wonder why.

rockmom on March 31, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Y’know what’s interesting about this?

We’re reading the ADP numbers ahead of the FED numbers.

Now why do you suppose anyone would pay attention to ADP, especially with the FED numbers right around the corner.

Perhaps the WSJ staff are realizing they’d better start reporting some actual facts instead of unicorn flatulence or they could be unemployed next… ?

Mew

acat on March 31, 2010 at 11:55 AM

The number of jobs lost in March is more good news for Harry Reid.

scalleywag on March 31, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Private-sector jobs in the U.S. dropped by 23,000 this month, according to a national employment report published Wednesday by payroll giant Automatic Data Processing Inc. and consultancy firm Macroeconomic Advisers.

And remember, you need about a 150,000 increase just to hold even relative to population growth, so it really amounts to an ajusted 173,000 loss.

MB4 on March 31, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Increased productivity is something you won’t have to worry about from gummint workers.

disa on March 31, 2010 at 12:09 PM

They actually changed it. First paragraph now reads:

“Private payrolls fell in March, according to data released Wednesday. The news rattled investors and economists who had expected March would show a gain in payrolls.”

I little more concise, at least. And it deftly avoids specifically invoking The Word.

Blacklake on March 31, 2010 at 12:14 PM

disa on March 31, 2010 at 12:09 PM
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Keeping in mind that stimupalooza grants to States to let them keep existing employees are running out.

My friend the teacher says his district is getting ready for layoffs, the district I pay taxes to support is getting ready for layoffs …

Apparently, “shovel ready” equates to “afscme members” … but time is running out.

Mew

acat on March 31, 2010 at 12:17 PM

The ADP number compares with a 50,000 gain projected by economists in a Dow Jones Newswires survey. The change in employment from January 2010 to February 2010 was revised down slightly, from a decline of 20,000 to a decline of 24,000.

20% deviation is a slight change??????????? Not even in the margin of error….

No wonder the country is going broke, no one has a clue what is significant and what is slight.

belad on March 31, 2010 at 12:18 PM

The Washington Post story elicits a small chuckle, as their reporting often does. The hypothesis, that workers “seem to have become more willing to stretch themselves to the limit to get more done in any given hour of work,” reminds me of the line from the 1950s Tennessee Ernie Ford country ballad “you load 16 tons and what d’ya get, another day older and deeper in debt.” I can picture the article’s author visualizing a similar scenario in all those offices as the workers shuffle 16 tons of paper between desks or in the stores as the workers unpack and stack 16 tons of sanitary diapers and breakfast cereal. All this, of course, under the steely gaze and twitching whip hand of those feared “middle managers.” I’m glad I’m retired!

boqueronman on March 31, 2010 at 12:29 PM

The 3 billion clams or so ObamaCare is bleeding from those 5 large companies should really turn these numbers around!

Chuck Schick on March 31, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Where are those 400,000 jobs Pelosi said would immediately be added once ObamaCare was passed?

JammieWearingFool on March 31, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Or more precisely, why hasn’t she been called out on that blatant lie?

They actually changed it. First paragraph now reads:

“Private payrolls fell in March, according to data released Wednesday. The news rattled investors and economists who had expected March would show a gain in payrolls.”

I little more concise, at least. And it deftly avoids specifically invoking The Word.

Blacklake on March 31, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Looks like the jounal is an HA fan… :)

JusDreamin on March 31, 2010 at 12:36 PM

BTW, am I the only one concerned that the government will take their time letting these census workers go so the unemployment rate doesn’t take a huge hit all at once? With the White House now overseeing the thing, I don’t have any faith in how this is being run.

Doughboy on March 31, 2010 at 10:20 AM

After they get all the info, they will need people to register all the potential new Democrat voters. That should create 800K new jobs right up until oh the 3rd week in October.

angryed on March 31, 2010 at 1:02 PM

Want a job?

Go where the job rate is rising….the Gub-ment!

Opposite Day on March 31, 2010 at 1:05 PM

When will the people realize that Austrian economics is the answer to this mess?

Tim Burton on March 31, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Obama lies. He hires a million Census workers and it still goes down. Now they have a green light to hire tens of thousands IRS workers. As soon as the death panels ramp up, there will be shovel ready mortician jobs,

The bright spot is still for repo men. When people traded in clunkers that had no debt for new cars and car payments, we should see a lot of repo work.

seven on March 31, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Fearful of losing their jobs, people seem to have become more willing to stretch themselves to the limit to get more done in any given hour of work.

An employee in a department I supervised during my career as a small business administrator once went to my own manager and filed a complaint against me, claiming I was behaving like a “drill sergeant”.

When employees act like they’re on perpetual “breaks”, despite having generous designated coffee and potty breaks on top of hour long lunch breaks, then I don’t think it is unreasonable to expect them to dedicate themselves to getting some real work done during the time actually designated for the work for which they were hired in the first place.

If many employed people are now getting a “clue”, in that they’re realizing how lucky they are in the current economic environment to even have a job, and are knuckling down and actually doing their work in a serious manner because they don’t want to jeopardize their continued employment, then this is definitely a “teachable moment” for so many who were cavalier about their jobs in the recent past. I’ve met too many people over the past ten years or so who had the attitude that their jobs were employment to which they were entitled, and their bosses had better realize just how lucky they were to have employees who even showed up four days out of five during a 36 hour work week due to family demands relating to raising kids, etc.

It’s time for the Washington Post and Liberals and Progressives in general to get their priorities straight. Jobs are not a birthright, and anyone who thinks otherwise needs to spend a lot of time on the unemployment lines to get a reality check. We work in order to support our chosen lifestyles, whether it involves being single and enjoying hobbies and the single lifestyle, or being married and raising kids, which can be very costly. Employers are not responsible for our lifestyle choices, and if our choices involve high monetary demands then it is our personal responsibility to see to it that we get the training and/or education to enable us to get the higher paying jobs required to support those higher monetarily demanding lifestyles.

Unions have attempted to turn these perceptions of personal responsibilities for our lifestyle choices upside down, and place the burden on employers for funding the huge variety of choices available to each potential employee. Sadly that has created an entitlement attitude among many workers, especially union members, that also fosters attitudes of entitlement relating to socialistic policies in government involvement in our lives.

Perhaps this current economic crisis will help Liberals to gain a much needed reality check. All one has to do is look at the socialistic economic insanity currently playing out in Greece, and in several member states of the European Union, to see just where the United States could end up if we don’t stop the insanity right now while we still have a chance.

KendraWilder on March 31, 2010 at 4:13 PM

The good news is that government payroll is up and that is completely expected. Just think of that boost to the economy that 17,000 new IRS agents will bring. And what about all that hiring for the new bureaucracies created by ObamaCare? The really good news is that the pay rates for these new government positions will be substantially higher than the equivalent private sector positions. Talk about an economic boost! What could possible go wrong with that?

tballard on March 31, 2010 at 5:02 PM