Greg Sargent on the GOP ideal of slashing public sector jobs,
…it’s also important to realize that perhaps the most important reason that people believe the economy stinks — and make no mistake about it, they do — is the devastating job losses decreed by state and local governments and enthusiastically supported by Republicans in Washington, including Romney and the other GOP candidates.
Matt Yglesias has the numbers for 2011 — 280,000 government jobs lost. And of course it’s not just the actual jobs lost that hurt the economy; it’s also every teacher who didn’t take a summer vacation because she was worried that she would be laid off and every cop or firefighter who decided against buying a new home after hearing about the state budget.
The local, state, and federal workforce are / were a large part of the American middle-class. Try selling your [enter any small business goods / services here] to people who no longer have a paycheck.
Vote GOP and these are the kinds of jobs / self-employment opportunities we’ll all be scrambling for in the future:
We’ll be making minimum wage — if we’re lucky — with no government services or benefits, while the wealthiest Americans will have even more tax cuts. It’s important to balance priories with this kind of sound budgeting.