One of my favorite western prints is Gary
Carter’s springtime branding scene.
foreground, safely away from sweating ropers and
wrestlers, the artist placed a cowboy seated in the
shade of a brace post enjoying a sweet slice of
The print is titled, “Hiring You Was Like
Three Good Men Leaving.”
It makes me chuckle, as this scene is seen in
real life, such as during government’s recent
Since America’s bicentennial, our nation has
survived 17 shutdowns, yet today’s progressive media
portrays cessation of services as the apocalypse.
If government is your god, perhaps their
comparison is fitting.
This most recent halt lasted a whopping three
days and with two of those being the weekend, the
disaster was hardly noticed in the hinterlands.
Monday morning, non-essential government
employees were told to not report for work prompting
me to ponder why we hire non-essential employees?
One unneeded employee is like three good men
leaving and this thought prompted me to peak beneath
the surface of our federal payroll.
As a percent of America’s growing population,
the number of federal employees has actually dropped
from a 3 percent high in the ‘70s to roughly 1.25
This is how former President Obama claimed
government was smaller than ever, but here is why
this figure is misleading.
First, over a similar timeframe, state and
local government payrolls have tripled to 18 million
employees and they are mostly funded with federal
Second, progressivism has so saturated institutes of
higher indoctrination, the philosophy the little
people are incapable of managing their affairs has
This is the deep state where bureaucrats
reflexively impose regulation because they believe
they know best.
As real-life examples, examine the FMCA’s new
Electronic Logging Device mandate and the FDA’s
Veterinary Feed Directive.
Both these rules wield the power of law yet
were inflicted on the citizenry without a single
congressional hearing or vote.
Failure to comply with either decree empowers
the federal authorities to separate you from your
Jefferson is credited as saying, “government
big enough to give you everything you want is big
enough to take from you everything you have.”
He was and remains spot-on.
America is trapped in a battle between good
and evil with the second category relying on
deception to advance their cause.
You are being led to the slaughter by a ruling class
pretending to have your best interest at heart.
They do not.