The article’s tone is a bit self serving, but the writer makes the case that nonprofits are an important, but often overlooked part of the economy.
Taken all together, the sector generates almost $1.5 trillion in spending per year and employs about one in 10 American workers, or 13.5 million people. It is the third largest labor force behind retail trade and manufacturing.
Nonprofit organizations are a great answer to government bloat.
In a time of economic challenges, nonprofits have grown to meet the greater needs in our communities. Many services previously provided by the government are now contracted to nonprofits.
I’m not quite sure who the writer is taking a defensive stab at here, but I think his point is stronger rearranged this way:
When there are proposals to cut defense or other federal programs that fund businesses, Congress often protects them because those cuts kill private-sector jobs. Shouldn’t Congress likewise protect cuts in federal funds that eliminate middle-class jobs that provide health, education, opportunity, safety and culture for our communities?
…the truth is that many private-sector businesses receive tax credits, tax deductions, government grants and government contracts.
No one dismisses as private-sector jobs those at Lockheed Martin, which received $16 billion in government contracts from 2009 to 2011. Or General Electric, which paid no federal taxes last year.
No one likes to call such things welfare either, but they are. One way or another nearly every citizen benefits from some type of welfare from the Federal or State governments.
Nonprofits are often subjected to the same streamlining forces of efficiency that for profit organizations are (especially when they’re competing with each other for government cheese). Why not encourage more of that ‘welfare’ money to funnel through nonprofits to the eager beneficiaries?