Harry Reid: Goverment Jobs Must Have Priority Over Private Sector Jobs …(DC Fed Workers Already Make $126,369 a Year)

And, you wonder why the economy stinks?
Democrat Harry Reid says government jobs must have priority over private sector jobs.

Federal workers last year had an average total compensation of $126,369, higher than the average of $122,697 in 2009. Harry Reid wants to improve on that.

Beltway workers make more than Silicon Valley.

The Hill reported, via Free Republic:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders.

“It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine; it’s the public-sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about,” Reid said on the Senate floor.

Reid was responding to recent comments from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who accused Democrats of purposefully pursuing higher taxes as part of the teacher/first-responder bill, S. 1723, so that Republicans would oppose it. McConnell said the bill was meant to fail in order to give Democrats an issue to run on in the 2012 election, but Reid said the Republicans are simply trying to defeat President Obama any way they can.

The legislation Reid is defending is part of Obama’s jobs package. Vice President Biden was in Pennsylvania, an important election state, on Tuesday to push for the administration’s plan on increasing the number of teachers.

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  • Patty

    Reid: “Private sector jobs are doing just fine”.

  • progressoverpeace

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday said Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders.

    Regardless of the rest of Reid’s idiocy, teachers and first-responders are not the rsponsibility (nor within the power) of the federal government. These are STATE issues and must be dealt with by the states, not the feral government.

  • Patty

    If I was an adviser of Reid’s or Obama’s I wouldn’t allow Biden to say a word. But now, Reid and Obama both are even more idiotic looking.

  • Granny

    If the private sector is “doing just fine” then why are 20% of all Americans unemployed, many of them long-term? They weren’t all or even mostly working for the government. And does the utter nincompoop not understand that it is private sector jobs that allow government jobs to even exist?

    Why do the people of Nevada keep saddling us with this demon?

  • Blackbird

    Harry Reid’s let them eat cake moment here.

    By the way, Harry, I’ve got about half a dozen out of work construction workers here that would love the opportunity to discuss the definition of “fine” with you. We don’t want any of your filthy handouts, we just want you to leave us and our clients alone so that everyone can get back to the business of business. The tail in Washington is no longer waging the dog, it’s wrapped around it’s neck and is strangling us to death.

  • Patty



    Tell that to Holder and Ohio cops.

  • Patty

    progressoverpeace…correction, sorry 🙁

  • Patty


    The whole administration is using and abusing the Teachers and First responders for their follie.

  • progressoverpeace

    When the federal government has broken free of the domesticating constraints of the Constitution, it becomes a feral beast set on devouring America. We have such a feral government in Washington. Led by an Indonesian Prime Minister who has nothing but contempt for our governmental architecture, our culture, our traditions and our institutions … which has since bled all through the America-hating dems.

    As with animals, once a government goes feral, it cannot be redomesticated. The damage is irreparable and done.

  • Melvin

    Harry is a damn fool

  • progressoverpeace

    That’s okay, Patty. Everyone does that.

  • Molon Labe

    Good reason to cut the government workforce by 50%.

  • whocaresanymore.

    Occupy Portland Protester Dances On Soldiers’ Monument.

    An Occupy Portland protester crossed yellow police tape that is protecting a memorial to fallen soldiers in the center of Lownsdale Square.


  • Molon Labe

    Can I be Federal czar of delivering bribes to Congressman and Senators?

  • Patty

    This administration is using TEACHERS, MILITARY, POLICE, TEA PARTY as pawns in their little game to pass Obama job bill.

    This is sick. Obama was a draw down of troops and disregards the commanders advise.

    Police work on minimal pay for a dangerous job, Teachers who love to teach understand that this nation can afford more. I am sure the great ones do. The tea party has been on constant attack since they changed the scene in Washington. Military withdrawal is the way Obama intends to pay for his jobs bill and on the back of our freedom and security.

    It is easy to stay one step ahead of radicals. And Reid is grasping at straws and looking more foolish than ever, at the command of Obama. Obama is running scared because his real Baby is his awful Health care bill.

  • Patty


    And there again, Idiot and Chief approves this message.

  • Patty




  • Remco Kimber

    Whoa there, Mr. Wimp.

    Actually we’re gonna have to use scientific notation to express the number of government jobs that MUST BE ELIMINATED in order to set this country back on the right track.


    more lies …would you expect anything less from a commie marxist a-hole…hey harry if private sector jobs are doing so well…why don’t you go shove the fraud jobs bill up your A$$ as we all know it’s just more stimulus to keep the destruction of this country going

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  • Patty

    One thing about what Paul said last night was good. Less Government Jobs. Complete Opposite, Paul is out there but I do feel that he could put a real dent in this gross negligence of tax payers maybe. Paul has some real other crazy ideas other than this. But right on this one.

  • Patty

    Hope you understood what I meant on my last post.

    Democrats just love finding ways to spend our money. And that is why they need to be taken to the woodshed. Hopefully, in 2012 they will get a rude awakening.

    Bye, Bye, Reid and Pelosi, Dodd and Frank.

  • Valerie

    Here’s the video clip where Harry Reid says the private sector is doing just fine.


    I am sure somebody can put this to good use.

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  • StrangernFiction

    #9 October 19, 2011 at 11:42 am
    progressoverpeace commented:

    Don’t worry Romney, Boehner, and McConnell will get us back on the right track.

  • Bozo the Clone

    It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine

    Oh, Goody! More campaign fodder for the GOP! #OWS protesters and idiot Democrat politicians. What a wonderful video montage this will be for a whole bunch of campaign ads.

  • Patty


    Watch that on Fox an hour or so ago.

    They all where shaking their heads. What is Reid smoking and even Biden. THEY BOTH ARE THEIR TEMPORALLY, UNTIL 2012.

  • Patty

    Love the deluxe cars in Picture.

  • Poor o”fool,with-out the private sector there would be no public sector,where does Harry think the money comes from to fund the public sector……….

  • Valerie

    For those who don’t read graphs:

    Burea of Labor Statistics, October 7, 2011



    Nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 103,000 in September, and the unemployment
    rate held at 9.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The
    increase in employment partially reflected the return to payrolls of about 45,000
    telecommunications workers who had been on strike in August.

    The number of unemployed persons, at 14.0 million, was essentially unchanged in
    September, and the unemployment rate was 9.1 percent. Since April, the rate has held
    in a narrow range from 9.0 to 9.2 percent. (See table A-1.)

    The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to
    as involuntary part-time workers) rose to 9.3 million in September. These individuals
    were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were
    unable to find a full-time job. (See table A-8.)


    So the numbers for September show that 45K strikers went back to jobs they already had, leaving actual gains at 58k.

    Compare that item to this headline in the Huffpo for August:

    U.S. Private-Sector Job Growth Slows In August, 91,000 Positions Added: ADP


    So private-sector job growth slowed in August with 91,000 added and increased in September with 58,000 added, when underemployment (part-time work) increased.

    Private Sector lost ground in September, 2011.

  • Mike Giles

    And the fact that government workers kick back a portion of their wages to the Democrats through union dues probably has absolutely nothing to do with it/sarc.

  • Millitant Conservative

    This is why the TEA party came into existence. The common Republican, Democrat and

    Independant found common ground due to Obama’s policies. Government IS the

    problem. We have taken our frustration out on you once (Nov 2010). The a$$

    Whoopin in 2011 November will be Earth shaking. Super Majority in the house,

    Majority in the Senate and good by skid mark in the WH.

    Many a Republican RINO will be primaried out of office. I predict lots of “retirements”

    from the Democrat party. DO NOT let the Dem’s change party affiliation.

    Time for all but the TEA partiers to be thrown out. The anger is almost boiling

    over out here. Washington establishment is going to get pink slips in Nov 2011.

    powder is dry

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  • Choey

    Mike has it right. The whole purpose of this is to get some of the money back in the form of campaign contributions. Dems don’t send money to anyone without expecting a “return on their investment.”

  • bg



    Hajj Settlement is a dangerous Precedent

    [“The decision announced on Thursday, October 13, 2011 of the Berkeley Board of Education to settle a lawsuit with the Department of Justice (DOJ) will have implications that reach far beyond the case of Safoorah Khan, a non-tenured computer math lab teacher who had worked for the district for just a little over one-year. In her suit Ms. Khan alleged that the district forced her to choose between her religion and her livelihood when it denied her request for three weeks of unpaid leave to perform Hajj in 2008. The board denied the request twice because it did not meet the requirements of the union contract which gave uniform standards for leave that applied to all employees.

    While AIFD believes religious freedom is a cornerstone of American constitutional civil liberties the adjudication of the conflict between an arbitrary demand of an employee that cloaks themselves in religion and an employer who must treat all employees equally is a critical fault line in the battle between theocracy and secular society.

    While I am sure the pressure on the board to settle was immense with DOJ’s involvement, it is lamentable because it creates a dangerous precedent by lowering the threshold of what merits action for civil rights abuse.

    In Ms. Khan’s case the federal government has taken the wrong side. By championing Ms. Khan’s case which stepped outside of the contract that she and all other certified staff signed with the Berkeley School District, DOJ is essentially making Muslims a privileged class. The interpretation this case demands speaks contrary to the very principle of “ensuring that workplaces are free of bias,” that Jacqueline A. Berrien, Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claims to promote.

    The DOJ and their choir of Islamist groups have deceptively positioned that Muslims like Ms. Khan “should not have to choose between their religious practice and their livelihood.” Contrarily, I believe that employers should not have to choose between the threat of intimidation from Islamists or the federal government and honoring the onerous and ultimately limitless demands of any single faith group or individual as a privileged class.

    By forcing this settlement the DOJ is empowering an Islamist mindset that demands special consideration above all others which is unacceptable in a society where all are equal before the law.

    Further the terms of the settlement are chilling in their Orwellian dictate that Berkeley provide mandatory training on religious accommodation to all board of education members, supervisors, managers, administrators and human resources officials who participate in decisions on religious accommodation requests made by its employees and prospective employees. It is incredulous to us that the Government is now entering into the business of teaching which versions of religion are politically correct and which ones are not.

    Ms. Khan’s request was outside the scope of the Union Contract she signed. The Berkeley officials treated her as an equal to her peers and have now lost a civil rights case for that equal treatment. It seems completely contradictory to the intent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which this case was filed under. With Ms. Khan, DOJ has essentially reconstituted a separate but equal status for American Muslims.”]

    “I’m committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that
    they can fulfill Zakat [.] it is important for Western countries to
    avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they
    see fit” ~ BHO

    translation: Sharia Law in America..


  • theBuckWheat

    Federal workers earning double their private counterparts
    Updated 8/13/2010

    Federal civil servants earned average pay and benefits of $123,049 in 2009 while private workers made $61,051 in total compensation, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The data are the latest available.

    The federal compensation advantage has grown from $30,415 in 2000 to $61,998 last year….


  • BurmaShave

    Harry Vampire Reid says that [blood sucking] government jobs (DC Fed workers already make $126,369 a year) must have priority over [tax paying] private sector jobs?! This guy is dumber that a very small box of rocks.

    Thanks, Nevadans; you sure screwed up when you turned down Sharron Angle for this jerk.

  • Trish

    Wow, private sector jobs, which generate tax dollars that are needed to keep our country running, are not necessary. They are in decline because of insane govt spending and overbearing government regulations.
    But public sector/government jobs, which suck the life blood out of the tax system and are all too often redundant or simply and completely unecessary, we need to expand.

    What part of Harry’s brain died this week? Apparently the small portion that he had left.

  • Freddy

    This cash handout is about supporting the wage levels of public sector labor unions. As state budgets have been cut, the states are now in the position of needing to negotiate lower compensation schedules for their public sector union employees. This is exactly what the fight in Wisconson was about.

    The Democrats are desperatly trying to push cash through the state governments and into the hands of their labor union donors.

    In California, under J Brown, unsustainable public sector labor union contracts signed earlier this year have pushed the state beyond financial insolvancy and into bankruptcy.

  • Finncrisp

    In Ohio, 300,000 jobs were shed over the last decade in the private sector. Public sector only shed 7200 in the same time period. Harry Reid is an idiot. Unemployment in real businesses that make real products is the problem. His political posturing is disgraceful.

  • archtop

    Dem. Harry Reid: “Private sector jobs are doing just fine”.

    Can we have some giant billboards made with Harry’s statement? We could put them up in Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, …

  • ebayer

    So this BILL is about hiring teachers and 1st responders.

    Are they being hired by the Federal Government as Federal employees or as state workers as state employees or what?

    Will the Government pay these workers as full time employees from now until they retire or will the communities that they work in be required to pick up the tab for their wages after this initial federal funding?

  • Swifty

    What was the GDP of the federal government since Obama took over and increased it by at least 24%? How as a nation are we now more competitive with Obama’s increase BEFORE Harry Reid wants to spend even more money we don’t have at increasing the overhead to the people’s business? No and hell no.

    You can’t clean the water in the pool until you get all of the crap out of it first.

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  • DavidD

    What business does the Federal government have funding teacher/first-responder jobs, anyway? Why should my Federal tax dollars go toward funding jobs for state and municipal employees in another state?

  • Harry Reid

    We can’t have the private sector getting in the way of our looting the Treasury of the United States…

  • Scott

    The Federal government was never meant to have an income tax…The income tax has provided the Feds with trillions upon trillions of dollars…They are drunk with the power of spending other people’s money. The waste, fraud and abuse is on scale not seen in the history of the world…And yet, with all the trillions raised in taxes it is never enough, witness the fifteen trillion dollar public debt…Our only hope as a nation is for states to say, “no” to Washington or risk dissolution of the United States. We must re-trace out steps back to the Federalism as envisioned by the founding fathers or we will continue running headlong into anarchy…

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    When will america wake up. You can be loyal to your party all you want democrats, but you have to say, this guy Reid is totally unhinged. Wake up!