Washington Wire [emphasis mine]: House Speaker John Boehner expressed little sympathy Tuesday for federal workers who lose their jobs as the result of Republican budget cutting.“In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs,” Mr. Boehner told reporters Tuesday morning during a press conference in the lobby of the Republican National Committee, according to various news outlets. “If some of those jobs are lost, so be it. We’re broke.”
Republicans in the House are considering legislation on the floor this week that seeks to slash $62 billion from the federal budget by the end of September. Those reductions – which face significant resistance in the Democratically controlled Senate – would result in drastic reductions at just about every federal agency.
Republicans campaigned on the promise to cut federal spending in the run-up to the 2010 election. That pledge, if enacted, will inevitably result in job losses at the federal and state level. But Mr. Boehner’s “so be it” line marks a coarse reversal from his more sympathetic “Where are the jobs?” mantra from the last election.
The associations that represent government workers are scrambling to minimize the pain as cost-cutting takes hold in Washington.
Ah, but there is a huge difference between private sector jobs and government jobs. Private sector jobs are paid for by the wealth that is created from free enterprise. Government jobs are paid for taxpayers and those taxpayers have been taking a beating with forclosures, unemployment and rising prices. Government employee salaries at this point is just another burden on their backs.
So while no one wants to see anyone lose a job, government jobs at this point come at a very painful price.
Via: Washington Wire