Labor Costs and Big Spending

Karl Rove, former senior adviser and deputy chief of staff to President Bush the Younger, wrote in last Thursday’s Wall Street Journal about President Obama’s campaign fundraising and spending.  Of particular interest to me, he had this:

The Obama campaign’s high burn rate doesn’t come from large television buys, phone banks or mail programs that could be immediately stopped.  It appears to result instead from huge fixed costs for a big staff and higher-than-expected fund-raising outlays.  These are much tougher to unwind or delay.  Left unaltered, they generally lead to even more frantic efforts to both raise money and stop other spending.

Doesn’t that sound an awful lot like public service unions and their drain on the taxpayers’ dollars?  Is there a pattern here?

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