‘Pervasive Army’ Of Gov’t Lawyers Hits 25,000 Strong, Costs Staggering $26.2 Billion

 
Now include the lawyers working for the state and local branches of dot-gov.

Varmints, left unchecked, breed to unsustainable levels.

17 responses to “‘Pervasive Army’ Of Gov’t Lawyers Hits 25,000 Strong, Costs Staggering $26.2 Billion

  1. In other news, today former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for attempting to pay $3.5 million in hush money to a sex abuse victim.

    Hastert admitted in court to sexually abusing/molesting at least 5 boys when he was a high school wrestling coach during the 1970s.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/27/politics/dennis-hastert-sentencing/

  2. The numbers work out to about a million bucks per each. But, the average salaries, per lawyer look like maybe $150k per year. That to me means that the budget includes all infrastructure costs of their employment, as well as travel and (maybe) ancillary court costs.

    I’d hate to run a business where my fixed budget cost was that much above employee pay.

    • Welcome to awesome redistribution of our current wealth and the debt that insues. I don’t know about you, but I feel loved. 😉

    • All:
      God save your majesty!

      Cade:
      I thank you, good people—there shall be no money; all shall eat
      and drink on my score, and I will apparel them all in one livery,
      that they may agree like brothers, and worship me their lord.

      Dick:
      The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.

      Cade:
      Nay, that I mean to do.

  3. I would have guessed more, many more. But, given time, more will arrive at the debt trough

  4. From the Declaration of Independence:

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

  5. “Federal Spending On Lawyers”?

    Don’t need to remind anyone here that the FEDGOV doesn’t have any money of it’s own. So, where do they get it? If you felt a stinging sensation and the desire to break things about two weeks ago, you get the picture.

    Made me think of Shakespeare (yeah, I read a lot).

    The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.

    (Henry VI PTII)

    • Then you remember Dick’s and Cade’s platform was also price fixing and redistribution of wealth. “There shall be in England seven half-penny loaves sold for a penny: the three-hoop’d pot shall have ten hoops… there shall be no money; all shall eat and drink on my score; and I will apparel them all in one livery, that they may agree like brothers, and worship me their lord.” I may be mistaken but I think both were illiterate, uneducated revolutionaries. Sounds like a lot of college students I know.😉

  6. 26.2B -meh. Absolute immunity to ruin people’s lives? Priceless.

  7. If the pen is mightier than the sword, then as force multipliers the army of lawyers is even larger than it appears.

    Also the bonuses for some of these lawyers was larger than the entire yearly pay for most people in the military and federal civilians. By comparison at the VA even the doctors received less than $10k.

  8. carthagodelendaest

    I don’t trust the numbers. I think that there are more attorneys in FEDERAL government employment than a mere 25,000.

    I happen to have served as a Navy judge advocate and know the DoD numbers pretty well. Right now, if I have it correct, there are some 750 Navy judge advocates, 300 Marine Corps judge advocates, and some 700 Navy CIVILIAN attorneys. So, about 1700 Department of the Navy attorneys (and that does not count Reservists). Army and Air Force probably have another 3000 combined. DoD and OSD probably combine for another 500 or more (when you include DCAA, DLA, etc). If DoD, altogether, has over 5000 attorneys, which I believe is the case, how can the rest of government have only 20,000? DoJ has to have attorneys in the many thousands, especially you include the FBI and BATF. DHS, as well, must have attorneys in the thousands. CIA, State Dept, and the entire range of federal agencies?

    As for the money, salaries are really a bargain when compared to civilian firms and corporations. There are very few making over $160,000, which is the top salary except for those very few political appointees, SES employees, and the tops of certain agencies that revolve around money. Most federal attorneys are making under $150K per year. Well under. Some of those may have 10 years of experience. In the civilian world, most quality firms and corporations are paying their 10-year attorneys alot more than that. Heck, top firms pay first-year associates more than that.

    Here’s the worst part. OUR REPRESENTATIVES–the ones we elected to serve us–pass laws, Presidents that we elected then sign regulations and orders to carry them out, and courts that our elected officials put into place uphold it all. . . and it all REQUIRES more and more attorneys all the time. Federal government attorneys are just workers, like anyone else. It is the elected officials that make the mess. FIX THEM.

    • Jimmy the Saint

      ” I think that there are more attorneys in FEDERAL government employment than a mere 25,000. ”

      Probably 25,000 actually working as attorneys. Many more working in other positions.

  9. During the William J. Clinton junta’s stay in the District; the numbers of armed, non-military agents jumped by at least 25%, I dare say that has not slowed significantly. In 2001, upon Clinton’s departure, that number was in excess of 100,000; wonder what it is today?

  10. in the 1980’s, there were fewer lawyers in all of Japan than in one building in Seattle. .

  11. What’s 25,000 .gov bareassters at the bottom of the ocean?

    A good start. Barely.

    About ten or so years ago, I saw a stat which showed the rate, relative to the genpop of other pursuits, at which people were getting law degrees, with the inevitable conclusion that by 2050, every other person would be a lawyer.