An article in the Nation called “War Against Government Workers Is Prolonging the Recession” by Ari Berman highlighted the effects of the budget cuts,
This is by now a depressingly familiar story. In the past year, 1.6 million private sector jobs have been created. But since the recession began in December 2007, more than 500,000 public sector jobs have been lost. Half of those jobs have disappeared since January 2011, after Republicans (who ran on improving the economy in 2010) took control of the House of Representatives. States have cut 49,000 jobs and localities have cut 210,000 jobs since the beginning of the year. Contrary to what Republicans might tell you, these are “real” jobs lost by real people, who pay taxes, spend money, provide for their families and perform vital public services. When they suffer, the economy suffers too.That is a total of 259,000 jobs and that doesn’t even count the loss of jobs in the private sector because of the budget cuts. We cannot balance the budget without tax increases for the mega rich.
Congress (both the Democrats and the Republicans) and the President (Bush) had no problem bailing out the banks that were “too big to fail”, but the Republicans refuse to help create jobs for the ordinary people. The article goes on to say,
Just last month, Republicans in Congress blocked a section of Obama’s jobs plan that would have prevented 400,000 teachers, firefighters and cops from losing their jobs through aid to state and local governments, which is among the most effective forms of stimulus. “Federal aid to strapped state and local governments also is providing significant economic benefits, lessening their need to slash programs and jobs or to hike taxes and fees,” wrote Mark Zandi of Moody’s in July 2010. Had it not been for austerity policies, wrote David Leonhardt of the New York Times, state and local governments would have added half a million jobs, rather than cutting them. “In other words, the state and local austerity of the last two years has cost the economy about one million jobs,” Leonhardt writes.The Republican job plan is to cut taxes even more on corporations and the mega rich. The Regan administration called this the trickledown theory and after thirty years we have seen what trickledown and it is brown in color. The Bush administration gave to the rich the largest tax cut in history back in 2001 and we went from having a budget surplus to having some of the largest budget deficits in history which plunged us in to a depression.