A Nation of Takers
Pat Buchanan’s masterful Suicide of a Superpower is replete with gems. I am still uncomfortable with his protectionism, but I see his point a little better after reading his first chapter. Quoting Stephen Moore,
More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined. We have moved decisively from a nation of makers to a nation of takers (16).
Buchanan blames free-trade ideology. Though there may be some element of truth, the reality is that the government has increased its size, and part of that increasing demands a workforce to keep the machinery going. The lesser her size, the lesser her workforce.