While the private sector has shed millions of jobs, some never to return, since Barack Obama took office two years ago, the federal workforce has grown by 200,000 positions. House Speaker John Boehner says our debt and deficit crisis is so bad that if some of these new hires have to lose their jobs to restore some measure of fiscal sanity, then “so be it.”
While no one wants to see people thrown out on the street, the fact is, we’re broke. We can’t afford all this. We’re paying for these positions with money we don’t have, and our descendants will be stuck with the bill. If we can’t even trim the federal payroll a little bit to reflect the current economic reality, then we deserve what’s coming.
So be it.