Private jobs versus Public jobs.
A federal employee who is on the verge of losing her job confronted President Obama about her status during a CBS News Town Hall meeting broadcast on Thursday morning.
Karen Gallo, an employee at the National Zoo told the President that she’s four weeks away from losing her job because of budget cuts. She went on to say that she is seven months pregnant and that she and her husband were in the process of building a new house.
The President’s response (see video below) was:
“Workers like you, for the federal, state, and local governments are so important for our vital services. And it frustrates me sometimes when people talk about ‘government jobs’ as if somehow those are worth less than private sector jobs.”
Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m gonna have to take exception to that statement. There is a very clear distinction to be made regarding the differences between government jobs and private sector jobs. That being that private sector jobs are self-supporting and government jobs depend on the private sector to support those positions.
The salary, benefits, and pensions of government workers are funded exclusively by the people working in the private sector. It is absolutely necessary for people to earn from private industry in order to pay the taxes which are then used to fund the various government jobs. Government jobs that have been steadily increasing in number over the last few years. Since 2009, the federal government has nearly doubled the number of civilian employees in the federal workforce from 1.28 million to over 2 million jobs.
President Obama created those jobs, not by creating more revenue, like the rest of us do. Nope, he did it by imposing those costs onto the private sector by borrowing record amounts of money with the expectation that the private sector will repay through taxation.
How could anyone think there is not a difference between those who support the jobs and those whose jobs are supported?