When speaking of his plans to jump start the economy Tuesday at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, Tenn., President Obama said “the economy would be much better off” if only we had more government workers.
“If those layoffs had not happened, if public sector employees grew like they did in the past two recessions, the unemployment rate would be 6.5 instead of 7.5,” Obama said according to the White House. “Our economy would be much better off, and the deficit would still be going down because we would be getting more tax revenue.”
Obama’s economic reform package included corporate tax reform, increased “investments” in infrastructure, greater education spending, public-private partnerships and rolling back the sequester.
These are things we’ve all heard before. Corporate tax reform sounds great and is sorely needed. But under this administration, it usually means higher — not lower taxes at a time businesses can least afford it.
Infrastructure investments is nothing more than “Stimulus 2.0” with a new name.
Increased education at a time when enrollments are down make no sense. Just ask the school boards of Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia.
Public-private partnerships? Business doesn’t want a partnership with government so much as they want to be left alone.
As for the sequester, the president offered, “Instead of using a scalpel to get rid of programs we don’t need and keep vital investments that we do, the same group has kept in place this meat cleaver called the sequester that is just slashing all kinds of investments in education and research and our military.”
This “same group” the president referred to are the House Republicans who were were only too willing to excise with “a scalpel” unneeded programs. But a deal takes two parties, and the president was that other party.
“Yet all the things that are needed to make this country a magnet for good middle class jobs, those things are being cut. These moves don’t just hurt our economy in the long term. They hurt our middle class right now,” he said.
The sequester, which went into effect March 1, does not represent a cut in spending, but rather a cut in spending increases.
“Over the past four years, another 700,000 workers at the federal, state and local levels of government lost their jobs. These are cops and firefighters,” Obama said. “About half of them are people that work in our schools. Those are real jobs. It doesn’t help a company like Amazon when a teacher, cop or a firefighter loses their job. They don’t have money to place an order. That’s hundreds of thousands of customers who have less money to spend.”
Obama then noted the phenomenal growth while coming out of previous recessions.
“If those layoffs had not happened, if public sector employees grew like they did in the past two recessions, the unemployment rate would be 6.5 instead of 7.5,” Obama said. “Our economy would be much better off, and the deficit would still be going down because we would be getting more tax revenue.”
Merely hiring new public sector employees isn’t the answer, and it wasn’t what led to the meteoric growth coming out of former hard times.
Brit Hume said recently, “Republicans tend to worry about the health of the goose, Democrats about the distribution of the golden eggs.” There can be no public employees without a healthy private sector to pay for them.