David Selig, Conservative Commentator & Pro-Business Advocate, joins Thom Hartmann. Thanks to relentless Republican austerity demands since President Obama took office four years ago, nearly 700000 public workers - like teachers, cops, and food inspectors - have lost their jobs. That's the largest four-year decline in public workers since 1944 to 1948, when World War 2 ended. Despite moderate job creation over the last three months, one government worker has been fired for every five new private sector hires. And this purge of government workers is dragging down our economy. As the Economic Policy Institute uncovered, every time a dollar is cut in the salary of public-sector workers, the economy loses 24-cents. Government spending and government jobs are desperately needed to fix the unemployment crisis in America. And every president in history who's faced similar economic challenges - from FDR to Reagan - has increased government employment to get us out of a recession. As the top of this chart shows - Reagan created tons of public sector jobs to life the nation of a recession in the early 1980's. But Republicans - who are still hell bent on crashing the economy and blaming Democrats for it - won't let President Obama do the same things to fix this current problem. So why is that?