RUSH: TheHill.com is where I saw this story. And they're unfazed. They are simply unaffected. They simply report this as though, "Yeah, we all think this." "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday indicated 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." Here's the audio sound bite from Dingy Harry himself.
REID: 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.
RUSH: Now, I'm gonna give you some numbers here, folks. This is unhinged. This is delusional. This is a lie. I could think of other ways to describe it. In percentages, private sector unemployment is down 5.4% since 2007. Government unemployment is down only 1.8% since 2007, and teacher unemployment is down 1.4%. Fact: Since 2007, the private sector has lost 6.3 million jobs under Obama as a senator in a Democrat controlled Senate and as president where the first two years his party controlled the House and the Senate. So since 2007 the private sector has lost 6.3 million jobs, the public sector has lost just 392,000 jobs. And yet here is Harry Reid saying, "It's very clear that private sector jobs have been doing just fine. It's the public sector jobs where we lost huge numbers, and that's what this legislation's all about." What this legislation is all about is continuing the money laundering scheme.
I want to give a halfway tip of my hat to the Wall Street Journal today. They have an editorial condemning this. Now, they don't call it money laundering; they come up with their own term for this, campaign finance pass-through or some such thing. But all this is, we have 30, 35 billion dollars being voted on by Friday, this money is for teachers, teachers are unionized. As a member of a union you pay dues. The dues are what end up recycled back into the campaign coffers of the Democrat Party and various Democrat candidates. This really is a huge scam. It is a way for the Democrats to get your money, taxpayer dollars, donated to them. Except you haven't donated it. You're paying taxes; your taxes hire the teachers; the teachers pay dues; the dues, as we all know, the union leadership spends far more in campaign contributions to the Democrats than they do Republicans. That's what this is all about.
This is all about campaign money. This is not about even teachers' jobs. That's secondary. But the Tea Party, independents who abandoned the Democrat Party in the November midterms precisely because the private sector's being destroyed. The private sector's being downsized. We have a story today that the wealthiest area of the country is suburban Washington. Average income there, I think average is $126,000 a year. It used to be San Jose, California. Now it's Washington, and it's because a lot of lawyers live and work there and that's where the money is, and they are finding ways to give it to themselves.
In the meantime, "New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week and a gauge of labor market trends hit a six-month low, a government report showed on Thursday, pointing to an improvement in the jobs market." Now, other than this number, where is there any indication of an improved jobs market? The number is still north of 400,000. The fact of the matter is -- and this is from the Christian Science Monitor -- US standard of living drop worst in history. Now, this is side by side with Harry Reid saying "Hey, it's very clear private sector jobs have been doing just fine. The public sector is where we've lost huge numbers." It's just a brazen lie, and it's on par with what Plugs Biden is out there saying about needing all of this Jobs Act money to prevent rape and crime and robbery and murder.
"Think life is not as good as it used to be, at least in terms of your wallet? You'd be right about that. The standard of living for Americans has fallen longer and more steeply over the past three years than at any time since the US government began recording it five decades ago." Now, what happened three years ago? Three years ago, just under three years ago Obama was elected. And, believe me, unemployment started rising on his election, not his immaculation. Job creators knew what was in store for them, and they began laying people off even before he was inaugurated.
"Bottom line: The average individual now has $1,315 less in disposable income than he or she did three years ago at the onset of the Great Recession – even though the recession ended, technically speaking, in mid-2009. That means less money to spend at the spa or the movies, less for vacations, new carpeting for the house, or dinner at a restaurant. In short, it means a less vibrant economy, with more Americans spending primarily on necessities. The diminished standard of living, moreover, is squeezing the middle class, whose restlessness and discontent are evident in grass-roots movements such as the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street."
So here again, as a side note, another effort, State-Controlled Media, to equate the Tea Party with Occupy Wall Street because they know the Tea Party's real, the Tea Party has credibility, the Tea Party is substantive. They know that Occupy Wall Street is a phony baloney, good time rock 'n' roll, plastic banana creation of the regime with George Soros. So to give it credibility they lump it in with the Tea Party at every opportunity. "Similar complaints, similar reasons for protesting, they're just upset. It makes total sense that people would be protesting." And, of course, Occupy Wall Street, why, grassroots, middle class, just like the Tea Party. Wrong. So what do we have here? We have unemployment basically no change. We have a report about a long, steep drop for American standard of living.
From the AP: "Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits have fallen to a six-month low, according to a four-week averaged calculated by the government. Some economists said the steady decline signals fewer layoffs and possibly stronger job growth in the months ahead. But they cautioned that employers are not yet hiring at healthy levels. Weekly applications dropped by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 403,000." It's still north of 400,000. There's no change here. And in the midst of all this is Harry Reid saying, "It's very clear that private sector jobs have been doing just fine." Now, this is another situation just like Plugs Biden. The Drive-Bys try to hide this, they tried to ignore it, but do not doubt me, this is resonating throughout every crevice of this country. Voters are hearing this stuff and they are making note.
The Democrats are beating themselves up. They are destroying themselves with this kind of stuff. This has to be a slip-up. Dingy Harry, if he did this on purpose he's a blithering idiot, and that's an open question. But accidentally let it slip, exactly what these people are all about, and it's money laundering. There's no other way to describe this. From US News & World Report: "The Ranks of the Underemployed Continue to Grow -- In September, the number of underemployed workers rose for the third consecutive month. While the number of unemployed workers has held steady at around 14 million in recent months, another telling measure of frustration in the labor market -- the number of underemployed individuals -- rose for a third consecutive month in September, by almost a half of a million people."
And yet the president's out there saying he's made all the right choices in an interview with Jacob Tapper at ABC News, yeah, made all the right choices. Public sector jobs take priority over the private sector, Dingy Harry says. This is also interesting. This is a story from The Politico, and it's about a poll that is one month old, it's a USA Today/Gallup poll published a month ago back on September 21st. The Politico is reporting it today as news. "For the first time, a majority of Americans blame President Barack Obama for the nation’s economic problems, according to a poll Thursday. A majority -- 53 percent -- said Obama deserves 'a great deal' or a 'moderate amount' of the blame for the economic problems that the United States currently faces, the USA Today/Gallup poll from mid-September shows. This figure has jumped from 32 percent in July 2009, after Obama had been in office for only six months," up to 53%.
This poll was conducted September 15th through the 18th, and yet Politico is just reporting it today. Well, for whatever reasons, I don't care; the evidence abounds. The evidence screams. The private sector is being downsized and destroyed, and here's Harry Reid saying the private sector doing just fine. Public sector's where we've gotta focus on. That's where we need to look. That's where the concern is. That's the priority. They're digging their own grave. They literally are digging their own grave.