Timminz wrote:patrickaa317 wrote:Timminz wrote:Sorry, with the way you spouted off on the topic, I assumed you actually knew something about it. Thanks for the help with the research though.
Anyway. I didn't see anything there that supported your point. I did see one link that said average public sector salary is slightly higher than average private sector, but averages mean very little. The same article mentioned that, when you compare people with similar qualifications that the disparity actually reversed.
Seriously though, I was interested in more information about the topic, and all you could give was a smarmy, "lmgtfy". If there isn't actually evidence to back up the "facts" you spout (or at least, you have no idea where to find such evidence), try not to be so cock-sure of yourself. People will start to think you're just some teenager in a fly-over state.
I've read, heard, and seen plenty of information on this and I just don't have them memorized which is why I sent you a link to try to find that information on your own through various places. I could search the internet and post all kinds of articles, charts and graphs, all of which have their own pros and cons in how they are written or documented, you could pick a part these on either side. Someone once showed me a statistic that humans, on average, are born with one testicle. The point being, with birthrate of approximate 1 male (with two testicles) to 1 female (with no testicles), they average out to being born with one testicle (despite a small percentage that may actually fit this case).
If you were truly interested, I apologize for not holding your hand by posting evidence that is easily obtained through a bunch of google searches. The majority of this off topic area is spent where two or more people take one small part of another's post, rip it to shreds and try to discredit the person; rarely is anyone ever influenced enough to change their mind through this forum banter. Most people here have their mind made up on the majority of these types of things.
The point about averages, is that the private sector has a whole lot of cashiers, and bag boys, and what-not, working for minimum wage, while the public sector has no need for that level of unskilled workers, so of course the average there will be higher.
As if governments don't have a lot of unskilled workers too. Do you honestly think it takes a lot of skill to perform some cityhall bureaucracy? Also, even though there are more low-wage workers in the private sector, there are also more high earners in the private sector.
The reason why average wages in public sectors are higher is the following:
Milton Friedman - Very few people spend other people's money as carefully they spend their own money