Last week, you probably reacted much liked I did, as you heard Harry Reid's statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate. I couldn't help thinking, ‘What in the world is he talking about?’ Here is what Senator Reid said when talking about why the Senate needed to pass the President's jobs bill, "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."
I hope that Senator Reid was simply engaging in political hyperbole and not really thinking anyone would buy what he was selling. I think Senator McConnell may have gotten it right when he said Reid's comment was just the latest evidence that, "Democrats in Washington have lost all sense of balance when it comes to the size and the scope of the federal government in Washington.”
At a time when all of us are worrying about our unsustainable national debt, looking for ways to cut federal expenditures and worrying about the 14 million Americans looking for work, the last thing we should expect from our political leaders are comments such as Senator Reid's. There is no job recession in the Beltway, and very little recession within state and local governments. But there sure is in the private sector.
That is what we need to concentrate on. How do we get Americans back to work, not fatten the size of the federal government or increase the burden on state and local government? The President's attempt at another stimulus sure isn't the answer. We need to get the federal government out of the way of the job creators and give small businesses a chance to do what they do best - create jobs.