As Americans increasingly rely on government services, lawmakers and public officials who make the vast majority of their income from government contracts have the power to set the budget and the budget process.
It’s this power that has given rise to the phrase, “power” that’s “invisible.”
But when you look into the eye of the bill-making power hungry, you can see the hidden hand that is often the most powerful: the one that wields the most influence over your paycheck.
This hidden hand is known as the “corporate welfare” arm of the federal government.
When it comes to federal funding for everything from prisons to education to health care, this arm of government wields a tremendous amount of power.
But what does that really mean?
When it’s not spending money, what does it really do?
And why does this power exist?
Let’s take a look.
“Corporate welfare,” as defined by the Federal Election Commission, is the political influence exerted by one entity over another, such as the lobbying arm of a corporation or an employee union, to influence the way that one group is treated by the other.
The federal government has spent billions of dollars lobbying for corporations over the past two decades.
Over the past year alone, the federal budget has been increased by $2.5 trillion in spending that will not be funded by Congress, but by the corporations and unions that the federal funds were intended to benefit.
Corporations are lobbying for federal spending.
They spend billions of federal dollars lobbying to be included in the federal funding bills that the government issues.
Corporations that benefit from the massive amount of money being spent by corporations lobbying Congress and the federal courts have lobbied for increased funding for their corporate welfare programs.
The federal government is the largest single employer of federal employees.
It provides more than 70 percent of the workforce, and over a quarter of all federal employees make over $100,000 a year.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 40 percent of federal government employees are part-time workers.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that more than 80 percent of government workers earn less than $100 a week.
In 2017, the median federal employee salary was $58,971.
The average salary for a full-time civilian federal employee was $63,078.
These figures aren’t exactly the numbers that you might expect from the federal bureaucracy.
In fact, these figures do not represent the total income earned by federal employees who are paid through federal employment programs.
The vast majority are paid with wages that are lower than the federal poverty line.
According a 2017 report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Bureau has found that the average federal salary for an employee earning $50,000 or less is $35,988.
This figure does not include overtime pay, which the federal workforce is required to pay.
The number of federal workers who earn over $250,000 per year is also much lower than what the federal federal government pays.
What is this hidden hand doing?
This hidden arm of Washington power is primarily responsible for the huge amounts of money that are being spent lobbying Congress.
In 2015, there were more than 1.6 billion hours spent lobbying the federal legislative branch, according to a 2016 report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
This spending is largely funded by corporate lobbyists, which spend billions a year lobbying federal agencies.
In the past decade, there have been nearly 100 lobbying and congressional committee meetings at which lobbyists and politicians from the public sector have had direct interactions with each other, according the Center for Responsive Politics.
This is largely because the government is now heavily dependent on corporations for funding.
This revolving door between politicians and corporate lobbyists has been known to make it nearly impossible for members of Congress to get a fair shake.
The result is a revolving door of lobbyists that is almost guaranteed to lead to more lobbyists and lawmakers receiving more power and influence.
According to the Federal Elections Commission, corporations and labor unions are the largest groups lobbying Congress for their support.
This group of lobbyists are not a small minority of the public, and this influence has been building for decades.
In 1973, for example, Congress passed the Public Employee Retirement Security Act (PERSSA), which required that all federal government workers receive at least one year of paid leave.
Congress also passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act in 1977.
These acts were the first federal employee legislation to require that federal employees provide paid sick leave and provide some form of paid maternity leave.
In 2001, the Employee Benefits Security Act of 2003 mandated paid sick and paternity leave, while the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 required workers to provide paid leave for new parents.
These are just a few examples of the huge number of laws and policies that corporations and other political interests have been lobbying for in the years since the passage of the PERSSA.
In 2020, the number of workers