Federal Employment Far Exceeds Private-Sector Job Growth
Written by Brian Koenig
The New American
June 12, 2012
President Obama’s assertion last Friday that “the private sector is doing fine” has drawn heated criticism from his opponents, as media outlets and the Romney campaign have pounced at the opportunity to exploit the President’s “out-of-touch” view toward the U.S. economy.
In response to the flurry of criticism, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday that the media has been skewing Obama’s remarks, and then lectured reporters about taking the President’s words out of context. “Certainly, we believe that you all ought to do your jobs and report on content,” Carney averred. “Our general position is we’re for truthful, factual, accurate reporting that’s done in context.”
Obama made his controversial statement during a White House news conference Friday, asserting, in part:
The truth of the matter is that, as I said, we’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government — oftentimes, cuts initiated by governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don’t have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.
The Romney campaign swiftly pounced on the President’s contentious narrative. “Is he really that out of touch? I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people,” the GOP nominee told a crowd of supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality?”