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Boehner: If federal jobs are lost, ‘so be it’

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Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Whip Eric Cantor blasted the White House’s budget in a press conference this morning, saying it “spends too much, borrows too much, and taxes too much” and “will continue to hurt job creation.”

But Boehner’s not too wild about some of the jobs that have been created lately:

Over the last two years since President Obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. And if some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it. We’re broke. It’s time for us to get serious about how we’re spending the nation’s money.

Boehner told reporters he did not know how many federal jobs might be lost as spending is trimmed. But recent aggressive deficit reduction proposals would put 10 percent to 15 percent of the federal workforce on the chopping block.

As for fact-checking Boehner’s numbers, it’s a little tricky, since the numbers on the Office of Personnel Management’s FedScope site are slightly stale. In December 2008 — about a month before Obama was inaugurated — the federal government had 1,945,256 employees. In September 2010 — the latest quarter for which OPM data is available — the government had 2,113,980. That’s an increase of 168,724 employees — lower than the 200,000 figure Boehner cited, but not completely out of the ballpark, especially since we don’t yet have stats for the last four months.

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    February 15th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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  2. Mountain Man Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Are we going to start with him and his staff?

  3. Edna Cutlip Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I think that Obama himself and Michelle could spend less money traveling all over the USA and other countries. His children are in a private school. Don’t think you can cut everyone else without touching the government officials. The little guy on social security with gas prices, heating bills, increased clothing, food and gasoline not to mention medical bills is ridiculous and with no raises. Every time you raise S/S you then raise medicare taking away the raise.

    The Social Security should be kept safe for our children and their children. The american people did not make these debts and we entrusted the government to make wise choices for us. Has that been done?

    Where did the promise go to remove the Unfair tax from social security. Oh campaign promises must be forgotten just as we would have the same insurance as the President and other government officials.

    Get real …………what are we doing to really help the American People? Then ask yourself what you have done that has bothered your salaries. ???????????????? Your insurance and your raises.