President Obama's top campaign strategist said Sunday that the country needs to "accelerate" job creation in the private sector -- by hiring more teachers, police and firefighters.Obama's stimulus efforts, including this latest folly, has never been about growing the economy. It's been about protecting public-sector union members from the effects of Obama's economic policies. And, of course, it's also been about rewarding big Obama donors, but the payoffs to the unions have been huge.
David Axelrod made the comment as he continued to perform damage control for the president, who said Friday during a press conference that the private sector's "doing fine." But Axelrod drew rapid-fire ridicule from conservatives, after he called for more public-sector hiring to address private-sector economic issues.
"The private sector, we need to accelerate job creation in the private sector," Axelrod told CNN's "State of the Union," before adding: "One of the ways that we can do that is putting teachers and firefighters and police back to work because those are good middle-class jobs."
It's not the job of the federal government to hire teachers, cops and firefighters. That's the job of local and state governments. Propping up local government unions simply delays the problems and solutions, it fixes nothing.