I honestly thought this was a typo when I saw the headline at The Hill. I was wrong (emphasis mine):
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.
This is so profoundly ignorant that I don’t even know what to say. But I’ll endeavor to persevere (through my laughter) and make an attempt to summarize Dingy Harry’s “argument”. The private sector is doing gangbusters in the Obama economy. Therefore we need to stick it to the private sector and raise taxes in order to bail out irresponsible (mainly) blue states so that they can keep
Democrat voters public employees on the payroll so that the Democrat Party can continue collecting the precious union dues that fund their campaigns. Natch. Have I missed anything?
Update: On a related note, federal government employees earn an average annual income of $126,000 pushing Washington to the top as the nation’s wealthiest metro area. $126,000 is just north of two and a half times the national median income of $50,000. Via Bloomberg:
Federal employees whose compensation averages more than $126,000 and the nation’s greatest concentration of lawyers helped Washington edge out San Jose as the wealthiest U.S. metropolitan area, government data show.
The U.S. capital has swapped top spots with Silicon Valley, according to recent Census Bureau figures, with the typical household in the Washington metro area earning $84,523 last year. The national median income for 2010 was $50,046.
I don’t know about you, but I’m all broken up over the plight of those poor public-sector employees.