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Reid: It’s government jobs we need to create

Posted by Richard on October 20, 2011

It’s obvious to anyone who looks at how the 2009 stimulus bill spent $800 billion and how this year’s so-called jobs bill would spend another $450 billion that the jobs the Obama administration wants to “create or save” are government jobs and government contractors’ jobs. The only thing surprising about today’s outrageous statement by Sen. Harry Reid is that he’d admit this — and offer an absurd justification (emphasis added):

The Senate Majority Leader dropped this stunner in the context of explaining why Congress must drop everything and spend more money we don’t have to prop up public sector jobs.  Because, Reid apparently believes, government workers are the real victims of the great recession.  Ladies and gentlemen, the Democrat Party mentality, distilled:

“It’s very clear that private sector jobs have been doing just fine.  It’s public sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers.”

The private sector’s official unemployment rate has been stuck above 9%, and the real rate (accounting for all the people who’ve given up and left the labor force or are involuntarily working part-time) is at least 16% and maybe over 20%. Sen. Reid thinks that’s “just fine.”

Meanwhile, the government worker unemployment rate is 4.7%. And that’s where Reid and the Obama administration want to “create or save” more jobs, by spending another few hundred billion dollars we have to borrow from the Chinese — or take away from people whose spending and investments might otherwise create private sector jobs.

I’ve tried in the past to remember Hanlon’s (or Heinlein’s) Razor (“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity”). But the Socialist Democrats have demonstrated through both their words and their actions that their purpose is to create more jobs in government, where unemployment is at 4.7% (effectively full employment), and that they don’t give a rat’s ass about the 9-16% (or higher) unemployment in the private sector.

In fact, their massive new regulatory schemes can only make private sector unemployment worse.

Shrinking the private sector while growing government: The sum total of the evidence strongly suggests that this isn’t stupidity or happenstance — it’s their intent.

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2 Responses to “Reid: It’s government jobs we need to create”

  1. Rick Shultz said

    Richard you have every right to delete comments posted by me which you feel will bring the Feds down on you or me, and I respect that right. I would be untrue to my own political philosophy if I did not. Nevertheless, I believe that Socialists cannot be reasoned with, and must be opposed by force when it becomes necessary and I will say so at the risk of being censored, arrested or even killed. And I said nothing in the particular comment you removed that I believed was either illegal, at least as far as I can tell, or untrue so far as I know.

    Lincoln was indeed the greatest criminal to have occupied the White House with the possible

    exception of the one presently inhabiting it. You do not have to take my word for this, and indeed I would insist that you do not. Instead I refer you to a very good book entitled “The Real Lincoln – A New Look At Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and An Unnecessary War” Copyright 2002 By Thomas J. Dilorenzo, former professor of history at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. And had John Wilkes Booth committed the act he did 4 years earlier, he might indeed have been considered a hero of the Confederacy. As has been said before, “What is treason? A matter of dates.” As to the rest, perhaps a more sanitary version might be more palatable to the powers that be?

    — From The Declaration of Independence —

    Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…

    But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

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