When you hear Republicans yell about how President Obama is expanding the size of government – they’re either lying or they’re uninformed. According to new numbers released by the Labor Department, government employment is now at its lowest level since 1968. In other words, government is smaller than it’s ever been in nearly a half-century.
That has a lot to do with Republicans pushing austerity at both the state and federal level – laying off hundreds of thousands of public workers since President Obama took office in 20-09. Just last month, 9,000 government workers lost their job in addition to the 680,000 government workers who’ve been laid off over the last three years – the worst three years for government employment in history.
Unlike Presidents Bush and Reagan who INCREASED government employment to fight back a recession, President Obama has been forced by Republicans to cut government employees – which is hampering any sort of robust recovery.