Mitt Romney should press forward relentlessly with his pledge to slash bloated federal employment rolls by 10 percent. Even such serious cuts would leave two million holding civilian federal jobs—more employees than in January, 2008.
Does anyone think that the 250,000 workers added since then have made for more efficient or responsive government? In the last year of President Bush and the first three years of President Obama, the federal workforce swelled by 13 percent—while private employment fell by 5 percent. Worst of all, we now pay 36,000 government lawyers—a 19 percent rise since the hiring boom began. While federal employment has leveled off and even edged slightly lower in the past few months, the massive growth in government jobs combined with drastic declines in private sector jobs, means less freedom and less prosperity.