Quote of the Day: Reid Wants More Money for Public Sector Jobs

By Garance Franke-Ruta

"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."
--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, pressing a jobs bill for teachers and first responders.

While it may be overstating things to call private sector hiring "fine," Media Matters points out that it is the case that governments are still shedding public sector jobs while private sector employment is going up. Unstated by the group's graphic, of course, is that many conservatives think that's a good thing.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/10/quote-of-the-day-reid-wants-more-money-for-public-sector-jobs/246977/