Mitt Romney said Americans don't want more teachers, firefighters or police officers. Now his campaign is defending the comments. Michael Eric Dyson talks with The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne about the Republican fallacy of wasteful government jobs.
Republicans want to pretend government job losses don't hurt the economy, but the facts are not on their side.
We are currently experiencing the only time in the last 30 years in which public sector jobs have not been part of the post-recession recovery. And they wonder why this current recovery is sluggish:
Those jobs make a difference in the overall unemployment picture.
According to the wall street journal, unemployment would be a full percentage point lower with those public sector jobs factored in: