October 25, 2011 - 12:43 PM
by Mike Huckabee
Last week Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the floor of the Senate to talk about "Jobs." He made a rather bizarre statement saying "It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about."Oh really? At a time when State governments are strangling on the debt they are incurring in trying to honor their public sector contracts, at a time when most Americans agree that the size of the federal government is simply too large to be sustainable, Harry Reid wants us to concentrate on helping to increase public sector jobs? Even Politifact was forced to say that Reid's statement was "mostly false."
In a time when more Americans than ever are without work, and most of us agree that the number one issue confronting our nation is getting Americans back to work, it seems like the last thing you would expect out of a Congressional leader is a statement that we are doing ok with 14 million Americans out of work, but really need to work on increasing the public sector jobs.
Of course, it doesn't help Senator Reid that his numbers are all wrong. The White House budget office says that when the financial crisis hit in 2008 the federal executive branch had 1.875 million full time employees. Two years later, that number had increased by 253,000 jobs, a 13.5% increase. Maybe Harry meant state and local government jobs? Well, state governments have cut payrolls by all of 49,000 since September 2010, and local governments have eliminated 210,000 workers in the last year.
With an unemployment rate of 9.1% and 14 million Americans looking for work, and millions more under-employed or working two jobs just to survive, Mr. Reid's logic is strange indeed.