If there's any hunk of red meat for self-declared "conservatives" which they can be relied upon to devour more voraciously than charges of "big government" I don't know what it is. Speaking to a crowd in Colorado today, Mittens Romney made the following statement:
"We have 145,000 more government workers under this president. Let’s send them home and put you back to work."This isn't merely spin and it's not some sort of exaggeration. It's an outright, bold-faced, incredibly big-balled, straight up lie. Period. End of discussion. At least it should be.
Since President Obama took office, six hundred and eight thousand public sector jobs have been eliminated (SOURCE).
Here's the rub; Obama has actually presided over the largest contraction of government in generations, something the right has demanded for as long as can be remembered. That's well over half a million consumers not participating in the economy during the worst downturn in 80 years, a fact which has directly contributed to the stalled recovery by further depressing demand.
To Obama's army of detractors I would say this:
You can have wildly shrinking government or a robust and dynamic short term rebound.
You can't have both.
You have received full delivery on one of your movement's core demands and it is biting our country on the ass.
H/T to MM