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Thursday, October 20, 2011

What a Stupid, Stupid Man

Democratic Senator Harry Reid on the floor of the Senate yesterday:

"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."

Private-sector jobs have been doing just fine?

I nearly fell out of my chair when I heard him say it.

This guy is one of the Democratic Party's leading lights in Washington?

Reality, as provided by the Wall Street Journal:
Going back to 2008, the Labor Department reported 111.822 million employed private workers at the end of 2008. The number plunged during the recession, and as of September of this year overall private employment had climbed back to 109.349 million. But that's still some 2.5 million fewer jobs than in 2008. If this is doing fine, we'd hate to see Mr. Reid's definition of lousy.

What these numbers show is that, contrary to Mr. Reid, the real U.S. jobs problem continues to be in the private economy. If private employers were hiring at the pace they normally do in an economic recovery, we might be doing fine.
Harry Reid shouldn't just be driven from office. He should be banished to some far-away island.

Americans in this time of great distress need to have confidence in their leadership. Idiots like this only make matters worse.