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LAMBRO: Obama’s self-congratulations
President believes he’s the ‘somebody else’ who made it happen
Government has been the pre-eminent focus of all his economic policies, from a public-works bonanza that did not create permanent jobs to green technology handouts to companies that went bankrupt. It has been the largest recipient of his largesse.
He admitted as much several weeks ago when he was talking about the need for jobs in the various employment sectors of the U.S. economy, saying, “The private sector is doing fine.” It’s the public sector that needs shoring up, he argued.
This is patently false, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private-sector employment is nearly 4 percent lower than it was when the recession began, the Heritage Foundation reported.
Between December 2007 and May 2012, state worker levels were down a mere 1.3 percent; local government employees were down 2.8 percent; and federal employee levels were up by 11.6 percent.
Private-sector employment was down by a huge 3.9 percent, and it is definitely not doing fine.
There are two major candidates in this presidential race. One is peddling more government as the answer to all our economic ills. The other wants to vastly expand the private sector though investment incentives to fuel business start-ups (now the lowest in decades), economic growth (now barely breathing) and robust job creation to put 23 million unemployed and underemployed Americans back to work.
Go to Mr. Obama’s campaign website and you will see “The Life of Julia,” a cartoon everywoman who is cared for from cradle to grave by government. Go to Mr. Romney’s website and you can read his plan to expand the free private sector by accelerating economic growth, opportunities and jobs for all Americans to live productive, independent and successful lives.
These are the choices before voters this November.
Donald Lambro is a syndicated columnist and former chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.
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