Hmmm. I thought the purpose of government was to facilitate commerce in the private-sector. According to Harry Reid, the purpose of the private-sector, apparently, is to support government jobs.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday indicated Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders.
“It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about,” Reid said on the Senate floor.
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I can’t count how many things about Reid’s statements grate at me. His assertion that the private-sector is doing “just fine”. His belief that government jobs are something that need to be protected instead of a necessary evil that should be minimized to the greatest extent possible. Or the fact that the government jobs he’s talking about, teachers and “first-responders” (by which I assume he means cops and firefighters) are the employees of state and local government, and shouldn’t be subject to federal legislation. Is this jobs bill just a bailout to the states?
And can we stop pretending that more teachers equates with smarter students? More teachers just means more union dues to go to more Democratic politicians.