American corporations have begun posting healthy profits. Banks that were once “on the brink” have now been stabilized and are flush with cash. It seems like we’ve got the makings of an economic “recovery,” and now we just need American businesses to start hiring workers in large numbers – right?
Well, yes, “hiring new workers” would seem to be the missing piece of the recovery puzzle. And based on some of the rhetoric from our nation’s capitol, it also seems like Washington politicians are among the most “puzzled” as to why, after all the terrific things they have done for us in the past couple of years, American companies still don’t want to expand their payrolls.
In reality, some of those “terrific things” done by our politicians have given American businesses a reason to not hire new workers. But I won’t let “reality” disrupt a nice narrative about “new jobs.” Regardless of how people may be sacrificing or “doing without” in the private sector, and no matter how cautious or tepid the world of private enterprise may be, our U.S. Federal Government isn’t holding back a bit. Government agencies are advertising plenty of openings for “new jobs,” and we should all be aware of the hiring spree.
If you’ve never perused the website USAJOBS.gov, make it a point to visit. Described as the “Federal Government’s official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information,” USAJOBS.gov is a website operated by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, a division of our government that was established back in January of 1979.
The precise intricacies of this governmental division are too cumbersome and bureaucratic to describe in detail here (think of all the jobs “created or saved” just keeping these details straight). Yet, the Office of Personnel Management emanates largely from the Executive Branch of our government, with very little oversight from the legislative or judicial branches, nor from the offices of the various cabinet secretaries.
The “why work for America?” page of USAJOBS.gov proudly declares that the Federal Government is “the nation’s largest employer,” and claims that holding down a “government job” allows one the opportunity to “address the tough challenges that our country is facing today,” to “contribute to projects that affect the lives of over 300 million people,” and to “help make a difference.” Right from the start, our fellow Americans at our Office of Personnel Management are very clear about how important they believe themselves to be.
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.