Since Obama has taken office, over ten million people have left the workforce. The labor force participation rate is at a 35-yr low (63.2%, August 2013) and over 90 million people are not in the labor force.
And yet, during and after the partial government shutdown, the president along with his accomplices in the media- who willingly and regularly disseminate information which is beneficial to the president’s agenda-driven narrative, have shown more sympathy for the 800,000 non-essential government employees who were temporarily furloughed than they have to the millions upon millions of Americans who wish they were furloughed but are instead either forcibly underemployed or, as of now, permanently unemployed.
The president went so far as to thank these non-essential government employees for their service as if they are the backbone of the country’s economic engine as opposed to the private sector. In a very real sense- and central to the president’s ideology, he believes this to be true. Recall the “stimulus” bill and how the president promised that repairing roads, building and renovating bridges, and tending to infrastructure projects (all public sector, union represented jobs) would revitalize the American economy?
The president said, “I’ve got a simple message for all the dedicated and patriotic federal workers who’ve either worked without pay or have been forced off the job without pay these past few weeks, including most of my own staff: Thank you. Thanks for your service. Welcome back. What you do is important. It matters.”
It sure would have been nice if the president, sometime during the last five years, would have acknowledged the millions of Americans who can’t work for pay; to tell the millions of resilient and resourceful Americans that what they’re doing- or at least trying to do in his ‘recovery’- “matters” (as opposed to telling innovative and resourceful business owners “they didn’t build that”).
Why didn’t the president thank those ‘dedicated’ and ‘patriotic’ Americans who still appeal to- and rely on- the American ethos of hard work and determination- who refuse to be succumb to Obama-created economic apathy and government dependency- for their service?
It would’ve been nice had the president enacted policies to ‘welcome back’ the ten million people who’ve left the workforce- or in the president’s words, forced off their jobs- since he’s been president, rather than doing his level best to add to them.
Remember, these federal employees were temporarily furloughed (which means they were still employed) and will be compensated for their inconvenience. In other words eight hundred thousand federal employees just received an unplanned but paid, two-week vacation.
If that weren’t good enough, they will also be receiving a pay raise.
Good God it must be nice to be a federal employee!
These goodies come at the expense of continually contracting, private sector-employment where more and more Americans are being forced into part-time employment. Many of these very same people are unable to find second part-time jobs to supplement their lack of income because of this less-than-stellar economic “recovery” we’re stuck in.
So while the constantly-shrinking numbers of private sector employees continue their struggle to keep their heads above water- which includes trying to pay the “affordable” healthcare premiums they’re (for now) stuck with, the president gives thanks and preference to federal employees.
This is exactly what liberalism looks like. And since Republican congressional leadership isn’t properly equipped with intestinal fortitude, legitimate and practical strategies for success, and a common sense plan to communicate to the American people precisely why liberal policies are so destructive, we’re going to see even more of the president’s big government ideology implemented.
John Boehner isn’t going to be the only one crying much longer.