During his second inaugural speech, President Barack Obama repeatedly invoked the Founding Fathers as examples to support his own Big Government agenda. And yet, would the Founders have ever imagined a nation built upon the foundation of personal freedom and liberty, be burdened with the massive debt of a federal workforce that exceeds 2 million people?
EXCERPT (via WHD)
Obama Government Equal to Population in 1776
President Obama Monday invoked Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence to justify his expansive view of government, but Jefferson might be surprised to learn that the number of federal employees today is nearly equal to the entire population of the nation in 1776.
According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the current civilian federal workforce, excluding postal service employees, was 2.15 million in 2011. The Census Bureau estimates that in 1776, the entire population of the United States was just a bit higher, at about 2.5 million. The number suggests that every adult man and woman living at the time – at least – would have been needed to staff today’s federal government.
…The Founders, who crafted a Constitution that is at bottom a document designed to limit the powers of federal government, would never have recognized the welfare state and redistributionist policies Obama supports. Jefferson in particular is viewed as a leading figure among them backing the cause of states rights and a limited federal role.
Obama suggested in his remarks that the federal government is instead the protector of such rights, a warped view of the Founders’ intentions. LINK
By the time Barack Obama is done “transforming” America’s past, present, and future, children will be taught of the great Progressive pro-government Founding Fathers of the United States…