Republican Governors Eliminate Jobs and Raise Unemployment Rate by Firing Cops, Teachers and Firemen
by John Lawrence / Will Blog for Food / August 14, 2011
The private sector has added jobs in recent months, but government has lost jobs because Republican Governors are firing public workers.
In July total private sector employment rose by 154,000 over the month, reflecting job gains in several major industries, including health care, retail trade, manufacturing, and mining.
Government employment continued to decline mainly at the state and local levels which lost 39,000 jobs. The Federal level added 2000 jobs so the net new job creation was 117,000 jobs. At the state and local levels they are doing their level best to eliminate jobs and increase the unemployment rate at a time when the unemployment rate is approaching 10%.
Republican Governors like Scott Walker in Wisconsin, Rick Scott in Florida, Rick Snyder in Michigan, Chris Christie in New Jersey and John Kasich in Ohio are doing everything they can to make the job situation worse so that Obama won’t be reelected.
If all those teachers, policeman, firemen and snow plough drivers hadn’t been laid off, the unemployment rate would be a couple per cent lower. With the unemployment rate above 9% Obama’s chances of being reelected are nil and Republicans aim to keep it that way.
Now they are going after the Post Office which is considering laying off 120,000 workers!
This fiasco is being precipitated because the Republican Congress is forcing the Post Office to make overly huge payments into their pension fund thus causing a budget crisis. The fact that most U.S. citizens are using fewer USPS services due to improved electronic and computer communication, turns out not to be the main source of the problem. It turns out that the Post Office budget crsis has been totally manufactured by Republicans in Congress.
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