I swear, it's like Willard doesn't know that things he says are actually recorded. Mittens recently castigated the President for wanting more teachers, firefighters, and police officers, as if advocating such a thing in a growing nation were some kind of sin. He quite properly got jumped on for it, and the outcome is obvious:
Willard claims the government can't do anything to help state and local governments anyway.
Here's what he said, verbatim:
He wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.
Now, here's what he said in response to criticism:
Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states. The federal government doesn't pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that’s completely absurd. He’s got a new idea, though. And that is to have another stimulus and to have the federal government send money to try and bail out cities and states. It didn’t work the first time. It certainly wouldn’t work the second time.
You see what Willard does there? First of all, he's LYING about the role the Federal government plays in funding education. About one-ninth of all education dollars come from Washington. Federal money goes into law enforcement and fire fighting as well. (You can read the details here.)
Secondly, Willard is LYING about the effects of the 2009 stimulus law.
From an important study located here:
Based on my preferred measure of spending, announced funds, the results imply that its
first year ARRA spending yielded about eight jobs per million dollars spent, or about $125,000
per job. Extrapolating from that marginal local effect to the national level, the estimates imply
ARRA spending created or saved about 2.0 million jobs, or 1.5% of pre-ARRA total nonfarm
employment, in that first year. The estimated employment effect is estimated to have grown
further over time, reaching 3.4 million (based on announced funds) by March 2011. The
estimates are moderately larger if one measures ARRA spending by obligated funds or actual
outlays. Despite the use of a very different methodology, these estimates are in line with the
range of estimates of the ARRA’s impact generated by studies using the macroeconometric
(Oh, and we won't mention the 1.2 million auto-related jobs that Willard wanted to flush as well.)
Third, Willard is LYING about the sentiments he expressed.
He specifically ridiculed the idea that we need more teachers, cops, and firefighters. It's absolutely clear. And his tactic is simply denial.
No, Willard CANNOT be allowed to run this country. He and his right-wing masters know only one way to run America:
Straight into the ground.