The Senate Majority Leader dropped this stunner in the context of explaining why Congress must drop everything and spend more money we don't have to prop up public sector jobs. Because, Reid apparently believes, government workers are the real victims of the great recession. Ladies and gentlemen, the Democrat Party mentality, distilled:
"It's very clear that private sector jobs have been doing just fine. It's public sector jobs where we've lost huge numbers."
Overall, federal workers earned an average salary of $67,691 in 2008 for occupations that exist both in government and the private sector, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. The average pay for the same mix of jobs in the private sector was $60,046 in 2008, the most recent data available.
UPDATE - Check out Greg's flashback mashup below.
UPDATE II - I'm told Senate Democrats just killed a McCain amendment to divert already-allocated federal bike path funds (these evidently exist) to bridge repair -- a red-herring scare issue Dems have been flogging in their vain attempts to drum up support for Stimulus 2.0. I guess bike paths are more important than tending to all of those alleged crumbling bridges.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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