Figures vary depending on where you get them but since I found these at politifact - which has been accused of lefty leanings - well righty leanings too - so what the heck.
The average government employee compensation in 2009 averaged $123,049 that's full benefits. The average Median individual income for people 25 and older is $32,140 (2005) so maybe it's a bit higher today but probably not much- same with the government numbers.
Now, the average tax rate across all americans has been roughly 17% for a long time - sorry don't have the source right now, I'll keep looking. But it's the reason people were talking about a 17% flat tax - because no matter what we seem to do with the tax rates, it always works out to about the same revenue / GDP. So for arguments sake call it 17%
Great so 17% of $32,140 = $5,464
If we divide that government employee's compensation by $5,464 we get 22.5 - so it takes on AVERAGE 22.5 people to support each and every government employee. Everything else the government spends money on - needs to be paid for by anyone left over. Think about that for a bit. Let it sink in. Are we really getting 22 peoples worth of benefit from any government employee? - maybe the military but probably not even all of them.
Keep in mind these are averages- and the years don't match and .... but it's approximate call it roughly 20 to 1. Ask yourself - are they worth it? When was the last time they actually did something beneficial? When you were happy to hear from them?
ASSUMING 20 to 1 (lower than calculated)
There are approximately 153,900,000 people in the labor force. There are approximately 2,800,000 federal employees. Yeah, that means we have 151,100,000 people paying taxes. - Wait Government employees pay taxes - Seriously? Pay them with WHAT? Oh yeah - taxes - at best it's a figging discount. That means it takes about 56 million people to Pay for the number of federal employees we have - wait can that be right? That's like a third of the entire workforce... No, it's even more than a third...
Yes Martha - it's that bad. It takes over 1/3 of the work force just to pay for the people that are making our lives more difficult. Who's bright idea was this anyway? - Oh yeah, government employees.