Harry Reid: Happy Days Are Here
There is good news, finally, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the economy is doing fine and there is no shortage of private sector jobs. The one burden we have, though, is there just aren't enough government jobs to go around.
"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.
Public workers vote for Democrats in exchange for inflated wages and benefits. Government layoffs threaten the party's business model.