Two major misconceptions

The TEA in the tea party is supposed to stand for “Taxed Enough Already.” That’s an odd driver for a political movement right now. Why? Because the federal tax burden is at a historic low. You have to go back 60 years to find a time when the tax burden relative to the economy was lower.

Meanwhile, Republicans want to gut the federal workforce, apparently laboring under a different misconception: the federal workforce has grown tremendously. It has not. The federal government has added 58,000 workers since Obama took office (while the states have cut more than 400,000). But even with that increase (mostly in national security-related positions), the federal workforce is still the smallest its been in decades relative to the size of the population.

In 1962, federal workers made up about 13 percent of the total population. Last year, they only made up a little more than 8 percent.

So, we have the lowest tax burden in generations supporting the smallest federal workforce in generations.

What are the tea party types so riled up about again?

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