We hear so much about jobs being outsourced. But the job losses that are really dragging down our economy right now are public sector jobs (teacher, firefighters, police officers, etc.) that can’t be outsourced. We’ve lost more than 600,000 of these jobs in the last three years, mostly in states controlled by Republicans. If these jobs still existed, unemployment would be about 7%.
If you have a problem with your credit card bill, you can get help from a guy in India. If your house is burning down, not so much.
The GOP is attacking President Obama for not reducing unemployment enough, but we’ve gained back all the private sector jobs that were lost in the Great Recession. It’s the GOP, using their power at the state and local levels to fire people, and using their power at the federal level to block more stimulus in the form of direct aid to states to retain those teachers and firefighters, that is keeping unemployment high.