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Public-sector jobs drag the economy down

In her Sept. 1 op-ed “The value of public-sector jobs,” Renée Loth writes, “If public employment had held steady during the recovery, [it’s estimated that] today’s unemployment rate would be 7.8 percent instead of the current 8.3.” I could not resist the desire to respond.

When are Democrats and liberals going to learn that public-sector jobs do not add to the economy? They are created by taking money away from working taxpayers in the income-producing private sector. As such, they are a net negative.

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Public-sector jobs should always be counted as a cost to the economy, and a tax burden. In some ways they could even be considered a form of income redistribution for services performed, but they are never a form of economic recovery.

Diane Richardson

Bridgeport, Conn.

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