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In May the U.S. workforce added 82,000 private sector jobs. In May public-worker employment decreased by 13,000.
Those numbers are fairly indicative of how the past 27 months have gone under President Obama's leadership. For each of the past 27 months in a row, the private sector has added jobs....
Alan Krueger, head of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, pointed out that the country has added jobs for 27 months in a row, including 4.3 million jobs in the private sector.
At the same time, public sector jobs...government jobs....have been in negative territory for 16 out of the last 18 months. The total public sector jobs lost since Obama became president is somewhere between 600,000 and 700,000. If all of those laid off public workers had not been laid off, today's national unemployment number would be approximately 7.2%.
It is within that context that Obama made his alleged "gaffe" concerning the private sector "doing just fine." However, as usual, Foxian-media and GOP dead-enders didn't concern themselves with context...and the robotic Mitt Romney, aware that Americans think he's a bit goofy and detached from mainstream American life....is still pounding Obama this morning for.....my god, wait for it....."being out of touch."
Now that's some funny stuff coming from a quarter billionaire intending to lower his own tax rates should he be elected president. Especially rich coming from a guy intending to privatize Medicare, resulting in increasing geezers medical coverage costs by as much as $6000 per year.
Let's review a bit....
The GOP's number one priority has been....."making Obama a one term president." That priority has led to numerous incidents in which Republican elected officials have done their best to do damage to the national economy. One way for Republicans in Washington to damage the economy, thus increasing their candidate's chance this November (in their minds, at least) is to gridlock Congress so that no further government stimulus can be forthcoming to increase job growth during an historic recession.
Another way for elected Republicans to damage the economy for the purpose of "making Obama a one term president" is to focus on national debt and deficits......debt and deficits these same Republicans slumbered over during the government spending spree of the 00's. Republican officials fretted so much over debt, deficits and extending the nation's credit limit last year that Standard & Poors downgraded America's credit rating to A-......damaging markets. In doing this, the GOP was only focusing on "making Obama a one term president." Purposely harming the national economy, as Republicans did last August, was simply a means to an end. Harm the economy, do financial damage to more Americans lives.....the better the chance the people will turn against Obama.
In addition to Boehner's Bunglers in D.C., there has been a conspiratorial movement within GOP governors to help...."make Obama a one term president." By blaming state shortfalls on public workers rather than on bankster crooks.....Republican governors have eliminated 700,000 public sector jobs. Laying off 700,000 public workers has done damage to the national economy....and that is exactly why Republican governors pushed for public sector layoffs. Damaging the economy equals damaging Obama's chances of re-election. The GOP governors conspiracy was to damage Obama by damaging state economies through public sector layoffs.
So while... the private sector isn't "doing fine", even though for 27 months in a row private sector job growth has been positive......it sure as hell is doing better than the public sector where Republican sabotage of the economy has been more robust and successful.
And, naturally, that was President Obama's point the other day.....here's the context, which, I'm sure, Fox and Fiends just accidentally overlooked.....
"Where we're seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government, oftentimes cuts initiated by, you know, governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don't have the same kind of flexibility of the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in."
Republicans have worked hard to do damage to the national economy. In some ways they have been successful in their efforts to sabotage the economy in order to...."make Obama a one term president." D.C. Republicans have been working, conspiring, with GOP governors to prevent the economy from growing.....and they've had some success. Austerity measures, crushing unions and slashing public workers have come from state GOP governors and GOP legislatures. Gridlocking and stonewalling any Obama attempt to stimulate job growth has come from D.C. Republicans. It's a one-two punch, as it were, with Republicans hoping to do just enough damage to the national economy to kick the alleged socialist out of the Oval Office.