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Harry Reid: Private Sector Jobs Are Doing Just Fine, It’s Government Jobs We Need to Worry About

 

The Democrat Party tries to cultivate an image as wise technocrats who know better than private citizens how the wealth of America should be “invested” to produce the maximum public good.  In reality, they’re a band of statist lunatics who don’t have a clue how anything in the private sector works at all.  Some of them are barely aware the private sector exists, except as a piggy bank filled with money for politicians to spend on the really important stuff.

An earlier incident I cited to prove this thesis was the astonishing spectacle of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) asserting that government regulations create private sector jobs, because businesses must hire people to comply with them. 

Today we join Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) as he explains that, under the endless double-digit unemployment of Obamanomics, “it’s very clear that private sector jobs have been doing fine.  It’s the public sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about.”

As The Hill explains, the legislation Reid refers to is Big Government’s latest attempt to make us forget about the trillions it has already wasted, and insist that if we don’t give it more money to spend, cops and teachers will get the axe:

Reid was responding to comments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who accused Democrats of purposefully pursuing higher taxes as part of the teacher/first responder bill, S. 1723, so Republicans would oppose it. McConnell said the bill was meant to fail in order to give Democrats an issue to run on in the 2012 election, but Reid said the Republicans are simply trying to defeat President Obama in any way they can.

The legislation Reid’s defending is part of Obama’s jobs package. Vice President Biden was in Pennsylvania, an important election state, on Tuesday to push for the administration’s plan on increasing the number of teachers.

Reid reiterated his emphasis on creating government jobs by saying Democrats are looking to “put hundreds of thousands of people back to work teaching children, have more police patrolling our streets, fire fighters fighting our fires, doing the rescue work that they do so well… that’s our priority.” He said Republicans are calling the bill a “failure” because they are “using a different benchmark for success than we are.”

My “benchmark of success” is the one where government shrinks, the private sector grows immensely, and Harry Reid gets to find out what private-sector employment is like after 25 years in the Senate.

Big Government is a curious beast, which wears its vital organs on the outside to protect its layers of fat. Every time a serious attempt is made to arrest the rate of spending increase by our unbelievably insolvent government – let alone make an actual spending cut – Democrats sigh and start lining cops, paramedics, and teachers up against the wall.  It’s a stupid game Americans should have forced them to stop playing fourteen trillion dollars ago.

Instead of telling us how efforts to restrain today’s out-of-control deficit spending are unthinkable because they’d wipe out jobs created by yesterday’s out-of-control deficit spending, Harry Reid should explain why he refuses to take a little money from somewhere else in a $3 trillion federal monster that spends $1 trillion more than the $2 trillion it already seizes from the American people, and hire those cops and teachers he’s so interested in.  Why were Obama’s “green energy” boondoggles more important than all these vital public servants we need to hire?

Meanwhile, the Republicans should send Reid a thank-you card for cutting such a wonderful campaign commercial for their 2012 Senate campaigns.

 

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