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Quirky Wall Street Journal Says Firing Government Workers May Lead To Higher Unemployment!

Up next: sleeping under a bridgeWe are sorry, but we do not know what has gotten into the formerly sensible Wall Street Journal. Just listen to this Communist nonsense!

One reason the unemployment rate may have remained persistently high: The sharp cuts in state and local government spending in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and the layoffs those cuts wrought.

We are not buying it, Wall Street Journal! Everybody knows government jobs come at the expense of private-industry jobs, and that is why Mitt Romney said we should learn the lesson of Wisconsin and have fewer teachers before saying it was “absurd” that anyone would say he said we should have fewer teachers!

The Labor Department’s establishment survey of employers — the jobs count that it bases its payroll figures on — shows that the government has been steadily shedding workers since the crisis struck, with 586,000 fewer jobs than in December 2008. Friday’s employment report showed the cuts continued in April, with 15,000 government jobs lost.

But the survey of households that the unemployment rate is based on suggests the government job cuts have been much, much worse.

The Journal takes from this report the bizarre notion that if more people had jobs, unemployment would be lower.

The unemployment rate would be far lower if it hadn’t been for those cuts: If there were as many people working in government as there were in December 2008, the unemployment rate in April would have been 7.1%, not 8.1%.

We commend the GOP (and Barack Obama) for resisting this nonsense and making American government “leaner” and “more efficient,” as always works so well at places like HP and the Times-Picayune. Now everyone go and kiss the hem of Rand Paul’s robe, for He shall lead us from this desert, the end.


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    1. HippieEsq

      It's true. And it's also Obama's fault, according to something I read in Wonkette (so it must be truthy).

  1. DrunkIrishman

    Oh, so I guess Pres. Obama was technically right then when he spoke about the private sector?

  2. actor212

    One reason the unemployment rate may have remained persistently high: The sharp cuts in state and local government spending in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, and the layoffs those cuts wrought.

    In other news, dog bites tend to come from angry dogs and lighting matches tend to cause fires.

    1. Beowoof

      Ah Monty Python just played in my head, Rupert picks up his head and says I am not dead yet, to which someone whacks him with a mallet. Just a happy thought.

  3. Barb

    Mitt Romney and a pack of his thug friends in the GOP will hold the government down and trim it until it cries.

    1. JustPixelz

      Except military. They'll shove money down the military's throat until it cries.

      Also oil companies. They'll give tax credits and cheap leases to oil companies until they run out room in the Cayman's to store all their money.

      And uterus police. The TSA will be repurposed … with a vengeance.

  4. Beowoof

    There is the astute reporting that caused me not renew my subscription to the Journal, that and the little to the right of Attila the Hun editorial page.

  5. Callyson

    we do not know what has gotten into the formerly sensible Wall Street Journal. Just listen to this Communist nonsense!

    Guess those legal issues are starting to distract Rupert Murdoch…

  6. Ruhe

    Do we have to pay Rand Paul to lead us? Because if we aren't paying him I can't imagine why in the name of Ayn Rand's ghost he would bother to do it. Leadership as a moral imperative is a cheap canard invented by socialists.

  7. Chick-Fil-Atheist™

    So why isn't the deficit going down? Oh, that's right… we're still killing people.

  8. not that Radio

    Does the WSJ have any thoughts on whether the banksters' plundering of our retirement accounts has caused our retirement accounts to lose value?

  9. Not_So_Much

    This piece of shit paper would be kicked out of the party if it wasn't owned by some of Mitt's best friends.

  10. anniegetyerfun

    The Journal takes from this report the bizarre notion that if more people had jobs, unemployment would be lower.

    That IS some communist bullshit right there. Someone's achin' for a Congressional investigation into their anit-Americanness, methinks.

  11. Serolf_Divad

    1st rule of Economics: Paul Krugman is invariably right

    2nd rule of Economics: if you suspect Paul Krugman is wrong about something, refer to rule 1.

  12. Goonemeritus

    But clearly public sector hiring is crowding out private sector hiring, just like Gay marriage is crowding out traditional marriage. Soon we will all be gay public sector employees.

    1. Serolf_Divad

      Holy crap, you win the analogy of the day (yesterday, alas… but still). I shall use that. I shall use that the next time either of those two topics of conversation come up.

  13. OneYieldRegular

    This is the danger of empirically-based economic studies: they turn up stuff that totally gets in the way of indulging in a self-righteous, abstract, unfounded opinion.

    1. Serolf_Divad

      Yes, much better to be an "Austrian" economist (or is it Austrian "economist") and derive all your ideas from "first principles."

      Such as:

      Principle 1: everything that ever goes bad is because of government intervention in the economy.
      Principle 2: The End.

  14. MittBorg

    Well, there ya go. It was only a matter of time before Barry Hussain's Socialist Commie pinko comrades infiltrated the finest bastion of corporate/capitalist journalism the world has ever seen.

    We're doomed now.

  15. Estproph

    Fucktard Limbaugh was out there saying that public sector jobs don't do anything to help the economy. There's a bunch of stupids that believe that too (probably because he said it). So, if someone makes $20 an hour working at a car dealer and spends money on groceries, that helps the economy. But if someone makes $20 an hour working for the government and spends money on groceries, that takes money out of the economy.

    Yes, they actually believe this.

    1. AbandonHope

      Can't we just change the government's name to "America, Inc.," and pretend it's a giant corporation? Problem solved!

      1. pdiddycornchips

        That might work except for a few flaws in the plan.

        We would have to pay Obama $200M a year and shortly after we launch our IPO,
        Congress would demand we hire Goldman Sachs who would then sell the country to a Soviet Oligarch.

    2. ph7

      Not to mention that government allocates the radio frequencies, which allows every red state grandpa to listen to Rush without interference from the microwave as it cooks their Swanson pot pie.

    3. pdiddycornchips

      If Rush said that shit tastes like steak, Middle America would be tossing turds on the BBQ right now. When people realize that shit doesn't in fact, taste like steak, it would somehow be the fault of Liberals and the media.

  16. prommie

    I has a new avatar! It is the once and future avatar! I love my old avatar, because its so pointless and borderline stupid!

        1. BaldarTFlagass

          Hmm. All I'm seeing is your old avatar of the raging turd. but when I run my cursor over it, the large pop-up avatar is some cute chick. Wonkette (or I guess Intense Debate) is really fucked up for me today.

      1. Mumbletypeg

        I have a new avatar too, but it looks just like half the other avatars here.

        I like yours better. It has that je ne sais qui. Wanna trade?

      2. BigSkullF*ckingDog

        I like my avatar. It reminds me that my head shaped space sits on top of my shoulder shaped space.

        Edit: it would look better with a hoodie shaped space.

    1. FakaktaSouth

      Oh wow I remember this old gal. Now we are cute together. You know how much I fucking LOVE cute. I do. Randomly. Trick is finding out when.

      You know what this reminds me of? drinking beer out of a can in the shower. That's a happy thing, right? I mean, yay, it's beer in a can so it tastes like water anyway, and it's showering, so yay naked, and if you are getting ready to go some place that you can show up beer-drunk, well, I mean, what else does one need? And this sweet young thing is so happy looking. Kind of incongruous, you and this – I love it.

          1. prommie

            You may treat your shower as if it were a masturbatorium, sirrah, but I daresay you should not presume we are all so tacky.

        1. FakaktaSouth

          Well, only if you are alone. Otherwise, I'm yelling, cause I would notice. Hit that fucking drain dude, that's all I'm asking. I'm shower drinking here, show some class.

      1. prommie

        You remember this avatar? I coulda swore it was years and years ago. Now what I love about your avatar is that the My Name Is Earl Question has replaced the Gilligans Island Question, which was Ginger, or MaryAnne? Your avatar was always my anwer to the My Name Is Earl question.

        And for randomness, My Name Is Earl is set in New Jersey. And the drummer for the Killers looks just like Earl.

        I heard in Alabama its acceptable to show up most anywhere beer-drunk. But whiskey-drunk is frowned upon at church.

        1. FakaktaSouth

          I just found out it was frowned upon at the fucking PTA meetings too, buncha bitches. If you don't want me drinking, don't make me come there. That's all I'm saying.

          I don't know how long ago it was my darling, when first I fell in love with your avatar's farrah fawcett trickle down 80s hair do. I covet that shit though, I love big hair.

          And there is not a thing you can tell me about Earl that I don't know. Camden is a city in Alabama too, isn't that weird?
          And because you mention it, my ocd requires me to say, "That's okay I can say that, I just had a black baby." LOVE that shit.

          OH OH and, I want to be Ginger but some times I accidentally turn in to MaryAnne.

      2. prommie

        And "Yay Naked" is my new imaginary rock band's name. Cause, yay, naked. Or maybe Promnight Fap Altar.

        1. FakaktaSouth

          I just turned my head to the side like a dog hearing a loud noise upon reading that band name. Promnight Fap Altar is a mouth full. (ew) ALSO it's kind of make ya think-ish. What the hell is wrong with you is mostly what I am thinking, but also, like, that's kind of deep.

  17. poorgradstudent

    Government jobs just don't count because they don't generate Libertarian fairy dust.

  18. GeorgiaBurning

    This guy needs to watch out, suggesting that firing people makes them unemployed will kill his chances for a job in the Romney campaign.

  19. John Birf Society

    Premise 1. The Gov't has never created a single job (Cain, 2012).
    Premise 2. Thus, "Gov't jobs" do no increase employment.
    Conclusion. Therefore, the "loss" of Gov't jobs cannot increase unemployment.

    Logic, bitches.

    1. Negropolis

      Information goes in, facts go out. Never a missed communication. You can't explain it.

      Wait, what? You say that you actually can explain it with logic?

  20. SayItWithWookies

    These facts violate doctrine — they should be outlawed, just like mentioning the rising sea levels is.

  21. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    But government workers don't count, as they don't actually work or do anything valuable. They are just there to shepherd people to the FEMA Concentration Camps, and to pave the way for the Idealized Workers State/New Caliphate.

    If I had a chalk board, you would understand.

  22. Jus_Wonderin

    Honestly, it is time to simply put creamy hot fudge on the unemployment rates. And nuts, plenty of nuts.

  23. Allmighty_Manos

    laying people off causes unemployment? I think we need a Heritage Foundation scholar to weigh on this relatively extreme notion before jumping to any conclusions.

  24. Troglodeity

    Probable Republican spin: fire all government workers, and unemployment in the private sector will go down even more. Stands to reason.

  25. pdiddycornchips

    Why don't all those state workers who got fired borrow twenty thousand dollars from their parents and start businesses umm? I'll tell you why not. 'Cause they're Socialists, obvs.

  26. JustPixelz

    Obama: "Government workers are people, my friend."
    WSJ: "Government workers are statistics, my friend."
    Mitt: "Government workers are job destroyers, my friend."

  27. imissopus

    The logic pretzels the WSJ commenters are twisting themselves into in order to blame Obama for spending too much AND screwing over the private sector AND keeping unemployment even higher than the actual reported number is making my brain hurt.

  28. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    But you see, if we had no government workers, then they wouldn't be able to become unemployed and hurt the nation.

  29. Antispandex

    This is just too bizarre even for the Wall Street Rag. Do they actually think that government workers use their ill gotten gains to pay for good and services and pay taxes? Only the job creators do that…well not the "pay taxes" part, but the rest of the stuff!

  30. JustPixelz

    "Communist nonsense?" Rebecca: Will you be changing your screen name to JournalGirl?

  31. Chick-Fil-Atheist™

    Hopefully they got rid of the crotchety bitches at the DMV. Sorry, but they really are awful people.

    1. Negropolis

      Hey, crotchety bitches are people, my friend. In fact, some of my best friends are crotchety bitches.

  32. Wonderthing

    They were hoping the laid off government workers would be so stressed and squeezed and depressed that they'd all go and take whatever shit job was out there, like a greeter at Wal Fart or something. They did not count on pride. Many people still have it. Darn it.

  33. ttommyunger

    So, now that Newspapers are pretty much a thing of the past, they decide to try the truth? Too little, too late, assholes.

  34. Abernathy

    "The Journal takes from this report the bizarre notion that if more people had jobs, unemployment would be lower."

    Now that's cerebral!

    1. Serolf_Divad

      OMG, that's awesome! Any way I can pay $3999.00 for a wall sized glicee print??

      BTW: as long as we're on the subject of plagiarism, I pretty much stole my original comment from Brad DeLong… credit where credit is due.

  35. MinAgain

    If the Tennessee General Assembly gets wind of this, they'll probably pass a law against "cause and effect" being taught in public schools.

  36. Buckminster

    Great Googly Moogly! If I had a nickel for every time I had posted this OBVIOUS fact, I would, myself, be rich and would be looking down my nose at the rest of you poors. Instead of sharing your plight. I wish the writer would choke on his own vomit.

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