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Massachusetts Liberal

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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Gaffer's tape

Anyone every notice the campaign press corps resemblance to the easily distracted dog in the movie Up?

Just as our poor pooch got sidetracked by squirrels, so the media seems to fall for well-produced sideshows, like the GOP's focus on Barack Obama's quickly walked-back oops moment declaring the “the private sector is doing fine" 

And the key here is "well-produced." There's far less attention being paid to Mitt Romney's declaration that:
“He says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
Aside from the massive slap in the face to public employees who keep us safe and educate our children, Romney's remarks show a decided lack of understanding of the data underlying economic doldrums.

The intersecting lines show a upsurge in private sector employment since 2010. On the other hand, public sector jobs -- police, firefighters and teachers -- which surged thanks to the federal stimulus spending that prevented a recession, have been on a steady downward slide since the plug was pulled.

So yes, in terms of jobs the private sector is doing OK, if not hunky-dory. Job creation continues and stocks, which fuel the retirement funds of millions of Americans, are slowly recovering.

But the elimination of public sector jobs, combined with the GOP's European-style austerity, is dragging down employment growth and leaving the economy hovering slightly above neutral.

Find that explanation in mainstream media.

Political reporters continue to pursue the "fresh" story, no matter how stale or contradictory it may be to the facts. Hand them a simple package, ready for air and publication and you have a group as easily distracted as our intrepid friend Dug the dog.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's interesting whenever public sector jobs are listed it's police,fireman,teachers. Once in a while throw in public housing administrators or state legislative assistants.

June 11, 2012 4:55 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

That's because the overwhelming number of public employees are NOT public housing administrators or legislative aides. Truth hurt?

June 11, 2012 5:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I said "once in a while". What percentage of public employees are front line police and teachers in a classroom (as opposed to administrators) does anyone know?

June 11, 2012 6:20 AM  
Anonymous Gaff Tapes said...

There are far more "desk" jockeys in the public sector than police officers or teachers. Administrators out number large cities (100,000+) 5 to 1. I read it in a BLS study.

June 19, 2012 12:33 AM  

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