The President, or perhaps more specifically, Jay Carney was bombarded with tough and very aggressive questions by reporters this week. Questions ranged from allegations made by Senator John McCain, to the Department of Justice and the ongoing investigation into the Fast & Furious operation that led to one border patrolman's death. Of course the question arose again about the President's remark about "the private sector is fine." That question led Jay Carney to talk about the press and those on the right often taking the President's words out of context.
Surely President Obama knows that the economy is in tough shape. He has stated such repeatedly. Now we're economically on the road to recovery, but it's not happening fast enough; not for him, not for us.
What confuses me amidst all this attack by the right is you would think the right would be happy with the growth in the private sector. After all it's the right that has blamed this entire economic situation on unions and its employees such as teachers, firefighters and police officers. Over 800,000 jobs were created in the private sector alone; the public sector? Those jobs are reducing, not growing.
What also confuses me is how something which should be considered to be agreed upon by both sides of the aisle in Congress; job growth, has become such a bone of contention in our nation's capitol.
The President proposes legislation, Congress won't work together to pass it, no more jobs are created...and that is President Obama's fault? Hmmm... And let's not forget the Bush Tax Cuts, which are still in play, have been for over a decade; those on the right keep telling me that those tax cuts work to stimulate the economy and without those tax cuts, small and large business owners alike cannot hire more people. So where are the jobs? Where's the money to stimulate our economy?
I find it odd that the right attacked the President for a statement that not only was taken out of context; but within the context in which he used it, is actually accurate. The private sector is fine compared to the public sector. I know there are polls out there which would make you think a teacher's raking in millions; but when information is given to show public sector employees are making more than the private sector; are they including the salaries of Congress? They're federal employees. Or how about the top CEO's at the top corporations on Wall Street, earning 7 digit salaries who have yachts and multiple homes?
The bottom line is the American people aren't stupid. The economy's not fine; but the private sector is headed in the right direction and has been. The public sector has been attacked, Congress has the power to change all of this so that we'll all "be fine" and they refuse for the sake of politics. So maybe instead of attacking the President for his remark on the private sector; maybe we should be attacking the CEO's in the private sector who arent hiring, or the Congressional members in the public sector who refuse to work together for the best interest of America; and it's in our best interest to create jobs.
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