Saturday, October 22, 2011

Harry Reid tells the truth - public unions not jobs

Senator Harry Reid got caught telling the truth Wednesday: He cares about government workers, not jobs for the rest of us. Obama kept saying his bill is about jobs. Wrong. Harry told the truth:
“... private sector jobs are doing just fine. It's government workers that need help."
He got his facts wrong. He doesn't seem to be concerned about facts interfering with politics. Fox News
Since Obama took office in January 2009, the public sector has lost 607,000 jobs while the private sector lost 1.6 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The numbers show the big problem is the private sector. But he made his priorities clear - the public-sector union jobs which means bodies and  cash for the Democrat Party.

Austan Goolsbee, the formerly prominent economist, continues to chip away at the respect I had for him. He could not say he disagreed, just that he "would disagree a little."

I don't know my way around the employment statistics well enough to verify the jobs numbers. They are somewhere at Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Photo via Sweetness and Light

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