Just your average lie of the day
January 23, 2017 3 Comments
You know, it could be a full time position for a team to counter Trump’s lies, but I think some lies are particularly worth calling out. And, given the all-around Republican war on the federal government and the federal workforce, today’s is definitely worth calling out. So, today’s #alternativefact, the growing federal workforce. Drum:
A bunch of little things happened this afternoon. They’re not really big enough for a full post each, so here’s a little roundup. First up, President Trump signed an order freezing the federal workforce. This is part of the standard conservative playbook, and I doubt it means much in the long run. However, press secretary Sean Spicer—who moments earlier had said he would never lie to us—explained that Trump’s order “counters the dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.” Just for the record, here’s that dramatic expansion:
If you look closely, you can see the dramatic expansion at the far right of the beige line. Do you see it? No? Look harder. Use your browser to zoom in. See? There it is! The federal workforce increased from 2.09 million in 2014 to 2.12 million in 2015. And it probably went up to 2.14 million or so in 2016. That’s less than it was at the end of the Reagan administration.
And, it’s not even stable, but losing if you look at share of the workforce:
Another day, another (dozen or so) empirically verifiable lie.