That used to be a frequent refrain on Radio Derb. Though the gag has been made emeritus, the advice is even better today than it was when the Derb introduced it. As he explains:
The percentage breakdown is private-sector 76 percent, government 16 percent, self-employed 8 percent.
So one in six of us works for a government, federal, state, or local.
Which group does best on salary? Go on: see if you can guess. It’s government workers, of course. Median earnings 52½ thousand. That’s six percent higher than the self-employed and fourteen percent higher than the poor shlubs toiling away in the private sector.
If you break down government workers into two further categories, state and local workers in category one, federal workers in category two, which does better?
Again, which did you think? Federal workers are way out ahead, median earnings 66 thousand. Even state and local government workers are ahead of us private-sector and self-employed losers, though.
Moral of the story: Get a government job! — federal for strong preference.
The public is in broad agreement. A recent YouGov survey asked respondents if they would encourage or discourage a young person considering working for the federal government from doing so. The following graph shows net encouragement by selected demographic characteristics. Net encouragement is calculated by figuring (2*%strongly encourage)+(%somewhat encourage)-(%somewhat discourage)-(2*%strongly discourage):
Responses for all groups are positive on net. That is, everyone is generally encouraging of the idea–old black Democrats especially so.
Though it is well known that a government gig is a gravy train, opinions of the people with said gigs is embarrassingly low as the results from several additional survey questions show.
First, how frequently the government can be trusted “to do what’s right”:
Uh, it looks like a couple of relevant potential responses are missing there. It’s not a transcription error on my part, though. Those were the three responses participants had to choose from. Dear citizen, please rate your experience at this mandatory government instructional seminar. Would you say it was great, good, or average? Zoomers (and young millennials) are singled out because they vary substantially from other age cohorts. Bernie, they sort of trust you! Even their relatively less suspicious inclination reflects poorly on American democracy. We view as slimeballs those we’ve chosen to govern us.
Why can’t the government be trusted to do what’s right? Because the people who populate it are crooks and liars. Asked whether “hardly any”, “not many” or “quite a few” people in the federal government are crooked, the following percentages answered with “quite a few” (“not sure” responses, constituting 12% of the total, are excluded):
Hard to imagine how all the mendacity and prevarication used to fabricate the
Russia Ukraine Hoax has helped the government’s case much over the last three years.
Accompanying a strong sense of corruption is the perception of widespread incompetence. Presented with a binary choice between “the people running the government are smart” and “quite a few of them don’t seem to know what they are doing”, a solid majority chose the latter (“not sure”, at 21% of all responses, is again excluded):
But we’re one election away from setting everything straight. We’re always just one election away. This election. Yes, this election! Every election is that one election of paramount importance–the most important election of our lifetime!
Part of the reason Americans don’t trust the government is because many don’t trust the people the government is waving in. The percentages who say naturalized citizens are “only” or “mostly” loyal to the US rather than to the country they hail from (19% “not sure” excluded):
Dual loyalty leads to no loyalty. If America isn’t first, she will in time cease to be America at all.