During his speech at Otterbein College yesterday, Mitt Romney decided to attack the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the stimulus) not because it saved or created jobs, but because it saved or created the wrong jobs. Government jobs. Because those aren’t real jobs. Or something.
Then there was the stimulus itself. $787 billion of borrowing. It could have been entirely focused on getting getting the private sector to buy capital equipment, for instance. That puts people to work. Or to hire people. Instead, it primary protected people in the governmental sector, which is probably the sector that should have been shrinking.
He’s right about one thing. It did primarily protect people in the public sector. Over a million of them to be more specific. And I would like to thank Mister Romney for admitting that it saved jobs even if he thinks it was the wrong jobs.
Is Romney arguing that we should have let over a million people lose their jobs all because of some deranged ideology that says a job is a job unless its a government job then it’s not a job?
Employment is good for the economy, no matter who is doing the employing. Public or private. And tossing over a million public workers off the rolls would be just as big of a shock, if not bigger, than tossing a million private workers off the rolls. Because public employees have loans, mortgages, and children too.
Adding… the government has been shrinking. States are still laying off workers. Mitt Romney thinks this is a good thing.