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Reid says government jobs must take priority over private-sector jobs
The Hill ^ | October 19, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz

Posted on 10/19/2011 8:58:45 AM PDT by jazusamo

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said 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.

Reid was responding to recent comments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who accused Democrats of purposefully pursuing higher taxes as part of the teacher/first-responder bill, S. 1723, so that Republicans would oppose it. McConnell said the bill was meant to fail in order to give Democrats an issue to run on in the 2012 election, but Reid said the Republicans are simply trying to defeat President Obama any way they can.

The legislation Reid is defending is part of Obama's jobs package. Vice President Biden was in Pennsylvania, an important election state, on Tuesday to push for the administration's plan on increasing the number of teachers.

Reid reiterated his emphasis on creating government jobs by saying Democrats are looking to "put hundreds of thousands of people back to work teaching children, have more police patrolling our streets, firefighters fighting our fires, doing the rescue work that they do so well … that's our priority." He said Republicans are calling the bill a "failure" because they are "using a different benchmark for success than we are."

Private-sector jobs have increased over the last 19 months, while government jobs have lagged. They've also seen cuts in several states that are struggling to balanced their books.

Reid also said a majority of people polled support the bill, and that the tax hike needed to fund the $35 billion spending program is minimal.

"My friend, the Republican leader … is complaining about a tax of one-half of 1 percent … on people who make more than $1 million a year to pay for a program that would stop teachers from being laid off and rehire some of the teachers that have been laid off," Reid said.

Democrats who support the bill have said it would help save 400,000 teacher jobs and thousands of first-responder jobs that have either been cut or could soon be cut. Reid said Wednesday that these layoffs are "rooted in the last administration," but did not explain further.

Senate Democrats are hoping to pass S. 1723 as early as this week, although votes could be delayed until early November, depending on the progress made on passing a 2012 spending bill.

Reid also dismissed efforts by the Republican House to ease environmental regulations as a way to create jobs.

"The Republican response has been cutting back environmental health safeguards, I guess hoping that a sicker, more polluted country is a better place to create jobs, and it's not," Reid said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: firstresponders; jobsbill; reid; teachers
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Reid, Obama and the Rats are desperate to pump up public sector union support for votes.
1 posted on 10/19/2011 8:58:49 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

It’s called the Wellstone Principle.


2 posted on 10/19/2011 9:00:30 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: jazusamo

“Reid says government jobs must take priority over private-sector jobs”

Jobs that do not create tax revenue. This doddering old fool needs to retire.


3 posted on 10/19/2011 9:00:42 AM PDT by edcoil (The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital. -- Joe Paterno)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

It’s a very Communist principle.

No one is to be able to attain a livelihood except through “the party”, ie, the government under communist control.


4 posted on 10/19/2011 9:02:38 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: jazusamo
Sheer stupidity on parade.

Again.

and again.

5 posted on 10/19/2011 9:03:12 AM PDT by LasVegasMac (Have ya hit 'em in the a$$, Never let off the gas 'til ya rolled into Victory Lane?)
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To: edcoil

I’m confident he knows he’s lying through his teeth.


6 posted on 10/19/2011 9:03:31 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
"It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine..."

Unbelievable. If the Pubbies don't put this in multiple commercials and blast it from the rooftops, they just have no spine. Oh wait, we knew that.

7 posted on 10/19/2011 9:03:40 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: jazusamo
"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.

Read it, folks. What's the "legislation all about"?

Separately, this scum would clearly sell his mother if he needed money for a cup of coffee.

8 posted on 10/19/2011 9:04:12 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: jazusamo

Government of The Government, By The Government, and For The Government............Lincoln must be spinning in his grave...........


9 posted on 10/19/2011 9:05:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: jazusamo
"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.

Nevada should be kicked out of the Union for re-electing this bufoon. Let Guam or Puerto Rico in so we don't have to buy new flags.

10 posted on 10/19/2011 9:05:32 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: jazusamo

Effin’ communist!

My uncle fought in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam against people like Reid. Are the people in Nevada THAT stupid to keep electing someone like this?


11 posted on 10/19/2011 9:05:51 AM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: edcoil

“...This doddering old fool needs to retire.”

Change “retire” to “suffer a humiliating, long suffering death, followed by a grave burning.”

This guy is the epitome of a liberal...senile, stupid, and couldn’t ever hold a real job.


12 posted on 10/19/2011 9:06:19 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: jazusamo

The Obama Jobs plan funds government jobs for one year. After that the grant money runs out and the states are left to come up with the money to keep the teachers and first responders employed. This insures that there will be a new crisis within two months of the 2012 elections. It’s all a political game designed to get Obama reelected - not solve the crisis that they insist on prolonging.


13 posted on 10/19/2011 9:07:02 AM PDT by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: LasVegasMac

Doesn’t say much for the majority of the Nevada voters
in the last election, LOL


14 posted on 10/19/2011 9:07:50 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: jazusamo

Sometimes when I see what Reid says I think ether Scott Ott or John Semmens is writing his speeches. Reid is his own satirist.


15 posted on 10/19/2011 9:08:10 AM PDT by MCF
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To: jazusamo
"It's very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it's the public-sector jobs democrat voters where we've lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation is all about," Reid said on the Senate floor.

There, fixed it.

16 posted on 10/19/2011 9:08:37 AM PDT by red-dawg
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To: jazusamo; STARWISE; LucyT; Nachum; MestaMachine; onyx; hoosiermama; penelopesire; Liz; SE Mom; ...
"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.


17 posted on 10/19/2011 9:10:36 AM PDT by maggief
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To: jazusamo

Is Reid secretly working for the republicans? This is the sort of sound bite that writes it’s own campaign commercial. Imagine playing this a dozen times a day starting in October 2012.


18 posted on 10/19/2011 9:10:41 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Somewhere in Kenya, a village is missing an idiot)
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To: jazusamo
Reid is delusional. There are more government employees now than when the Great Obama Recession began.

There are millions fewer private sector employees now.

19 posted on 10/19/2011 9:11:09 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: jazusamo

We are in the economic mess we are in because the public sector is given priority over the private sector. It is a easy campaign fund money stream from the unions.


20 posted on 10/19/2011 9:12:18 AM PDT by jonrick46 (2012 can't come soon enough.)
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To: mbynack
It’s all a political game designed to get Obama reelected

Exactly. After the first year of fed funding it'll revert to funding from property and state taxes and people aren't going to go for it.

21 posted on 10/19/2011 9:13:25 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: edcoil
“Reid says government jobs must take priority over private-sector jobs”

Jobs that do not create tax revenue. This doddering old fool needs to retire.

I recall a statistic that Barkie's (mis)administration has added 140,000 "government jobs" in the last three years. All salary and bennies paid by the taxpayers, of course. If these unproductive drones have had any measurable impact on the economy, it has been negative as they suck money out of the private sector while adding nothing of value.

Regards,
GtG

22 posted on 10/19/2011 9:14:55 AM PDT by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: jazusamo

And the reason they have to lay off teachers and police here in CA is because their pensions and healthcare take up too much of their budget and the Unions would rather have layoffs to scare the public instead of giving on the benefits.


23 posted on 10/19/2011 9:17:22 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: jazusamo

Reid is an idiot.


24 posted on 10/19/2011 9:17:46 AM PDT by Marie (Cain 9s Have Teeth)
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25 posted on 10/19/2011 9:18:49 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs

where does the money come from to pay for the government jobs?

26 posted on 10/19/2011 9:21:04 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: jazusamo

As a side note, why do government jobs pay more than private paying jobs? It used to be that teachers, firemen, policemen and government workers were paid less than the private sector due to their excellent benefit program and stability. Now they’re all driving BMW’s and living the good life. Cut their pay to a lower percent of the overall wage average and charge them a public employee surcharge tax. And why hasn’t anyone suggested that congress take a pay cut?


27 posted on 10/19/2011 9:21:17 AM PDT by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: jazusamo
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said 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.

Continuing to spend money we do not have is foolhardy at best and plain stupid, Mr. Reid. Are not teachers and firefighters paid by state, local and municipal governments? Why does the federal government need to step in and spend borrowed money? It is no wonder your state has the highest unemployment in the country!

Perhaps Mr. Reid needs to talk to John McCain to understand that business and growth creates jobs and additional revenues.

Mindless spending without revenue and without a budget does not work. Adding tax burden to those already carrying the load is counter-productive.

28 posted on 10/19/2011 9:22:33 AM PDT by olezip
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To: Hoffer Rand
If the Pubbies don't put this in multiple commercials and blast it from the rooftops, they just have no spine.

With a chart of the unemployment rate during the Obama years superimposed.

29 posted on 10/19/2011 9:23:05 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree ("Nanny Care State" is not a Division 3 football powerhouse.)
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To: jazusamo

What does “shoring up teachers” even mean? There is not a shortage of teachers, is there?


30 posted on 10/19/2011 9:23:09 AM PDT by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline please contact the Admin Moderator.)
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To: jazusamo
Unemployment in the private sector: 9.1%

Unemployment in the public sector: 4.7%

GOP should not vote to pass this bill.

31 posted on 10/19/2011 9:23:34 AM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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This guy just went full retard. You never go full retard.


32 posted on 10/19/2011 9:23:55 AM PDT by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: jazusamo
Wow.

I was honestly expecting the source for this to be The Onion.

33 posted on 10/19/2011 9:28:37 AM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: jazusamo

Paying for teachers and cops is a local expense, not federal.

Tell Harry to bite it..


34 posted on 10/19/2011 9:29:22 AM PDT by y6162
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To: jazusamo
Reid, Obama and the Rats are desperate to pump up public sector union support for votes.

He's just keeping in with his paymasters. 33% of Govt workers unionised v's 7% in the Private sector, and the unions fund the Democrat party. It's corruption on an immense scale.

35 posted on 10/19/2011 9:29:38 AM PDT by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: red-dawg

Damn! You beat me to it. Great minds think alike.


36 posted on 10/19/2011 9:29:50 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: jazusamo

What Biden fails to grasp is that public sector jobs are non productive in the economy. Public sector jobs, while necessary to a point, do not produce any goods or services sold in a market nor do they create any new businesses or jobs. Public jobs are also paid for by taxing those who do produce in the economy. If you want an example of how increasing public employment has devastated a country look to Greece where 18% of the labor force is directly or indirectly employed by the government and the country is bankrupt.


37 posted on 10/19/2011 9:30:00 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: GSWarrior

I sure haven’t heard of a shortage of teachers or first responders here in southern Washington but if this ridiculous bill should pass I’d bet we’ll get funding anyway.


38 posted on 10/19/2011 9:30:24 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
" I guess hoping that a sicker, more polluted country is a better place to create jobs"

Sicker and more polluted EXACTLY describes Washington (and Government at ALL levels), today.

Infested with Union parasites, producing NOTHING but Taxpayer expense that cannot be sustained.

Sh#t-can ALL of Washington's current politicians, and start over.....VERY few should be re-hired, and ALL should then be limited to ONE TERM, and then back to Private life.

39 posted on 10/19/2011 9:33:38 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: jazusamo

bm


40 posted on 10/19/2011 9:34:23 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“it’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers”

Dingy Harry is in for a real disappointmen when the GOP takes back the Senate and Presidency next year and get serious about chopping public sector jobs.


41 posted on 10/19/2011 9:36:16 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: The Great RJ

Don’t deceive yourself, Biden knows full well that public sector jobs are non productive in the economy. They do, however, make a population of slaves.


42 posted on 10/19/2011 9:36:33 AM PDT by sport
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To: jazusamo

Just thinkin’ aloud here...: Reid was a boxer in his past life wasn’t he........too many to the head I guess.


43 posted on 10/19/2011 9:38:43 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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Reid was a boxer in his past life wasn’t he........too many to the head I guess.

Yep, I believe you drilled it. :)

44 posted on 10/19/2011 9:41:27 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: edcoil

Hey, calling Harry Reid a “doddering old fool” is an insult to doddering old fools.


45 posted on 10/19/2011 9:50:26 AM PDT by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: jazusamo

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=xOAgT8L_BqQ&feature=player_embedded


46 posted on 10/19/2011 9:53:51 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum)
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To: jazusamo
Reid clearly illustrates how far America has fallen from the wise men who won the independence of the original States & then formulated a Federal Union, which had very limited functions, and was hardly a major employer.

The principles of limited Government, Government that did not get in the way of the material & spiritual progress, achieved by responsible individuals, was premised not on idiotic ideology--such as every Leftwing movement in history--but on reason applied to the actual & specific experiences of the families from whom our leaders sprang. (See America Grounded On Experience & Reason.)

In contrast to the cloudborne thinking that sees bigger & ever more centralized Government as the answer to human problems; the Founders of America relied on what had already been demonstrated by responsible peoples to actually work for human betterment. Understanding & explaining the contrast is the key to turning the demagogues & clowns out of office.

William Flax

47 posted on 10/19/2011 9:58:19 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: edcoil

“Creating jobs” spends more of the public purse than it “creates” revenue, period.


48 posted on 10/19/2011 10:01:43 AM PDT by yup2394871293
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To: Osage Orange

Good video. He’s dead on the money.


49 posted on 10/19/2011 10:02:39 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

It is not the federal govt’s job to hire teachers and firefighters - even if they actually did that with the taxes they confiscate. Reid would prefer states be stripped of their choice to hire or not. The fed knows best don’t ya know.


50 posted on 10/19/2011 10:14:36 AM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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