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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

One of the biggest Republican myths of the last four years is that the government has been exploding in size. The truth is that federal, state and local governments have cut more than 750,000 jobs since June of 2009.

If those jobs hadn’t been lost, the unemployment rate would now be 7.1 percent, according to the Labor Department.

The total number of people employed by the government is down 950,000 since the recovery began in June of 2009. This number will only get worse as the federal government, with the sequester cuts, joins in on the austerity that’s being implemented on state and local levels, where budgets must be balanced by law.

While the president did sign into law the one-time spending burst of the stimulus, most of the deficit is directly accountable to policies began under George W. Bush.


Economist Mark Thoma put together this chart that compares President Obama’s spending to that of his predecessors.


Obama’s growth in spending is so low that The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson asked if he was “the most fiscally conservative president in history.”

One can only wonder what the unemployment rate would be if Obama grew the government the way Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush did.



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  • sigrid28

    It is a miracle that the employment rate has not taken an even worse hit thanks to the Republican policy of blocking further stimulus, such as the Jobs Act, and of taking a ham-fisted approach to the administration of cuts dictated by the sequester, which they refused to eliminate or modify. This article should be posted in every bus stop and subway station in the U.S., along side another showing how Republican policies have needlessly sent the U.S. Postal Service into a tailspin. Wide publication of the facts in these two matters influencing government jobs would put to the test the disrespectful and cynical Republican assertion that the public does not care about the truth, that voters will sit idly by while Republican candidates and elected officials lie to them and try to cheat the system to win elections. A majority of voters wants to see the American economy improve, not stagnate or decline. Once voters understand the many ways in which the Republican party has undermined progress, its candidates and their destructive policies will be deserted in droves in the 2014 election.

    • Tom_D44

      Sigrid, What republican policies sent the post office into a tailspin? Not familiar with those.

      • Republicans made sure that the post office had to fund it’s pension fund 70 years in advance, Something that no other department has been ordered or force to do during this Country’s history.

  • montanabill

    Horse diarrhea!

  • Urbane_Gorilla

    The chart says it all. The wars and Bush Jr tax cuts are the problem. All else is BS and misdirection…Fat chance fixing it now though. c