Leave it to the NYTimes, in this lickspittle Obama-toadying piece (really, honestly, do yourself a favor and clear your cache or whatever you need to do to read this almost perfect example of water-carrying) to clarify exactly what this campaign is all about.
It's about having fewer public employees.
First, a taste of the shrieking Obama-defense. About the "six words" Obama said, about the "private sector" doing well, The NYTimes rushes to his aid:
But for the day at least, the damage was done, as Republicans hijacked the news cycle with their barrage against Mr. Obama’s six words in a professorial 29-minute exchange. While the metaphor of the bully pulpit originated with President Theodore Roosevelt about a century ago and generally remains apt, it does not allow for a 21st-century media environment of constant cable television chatter, blogging and instant Internet videos that empower a president’s opponents to bully back.
He's too smart for us, see. He was just being "professorial."
Then, clarity breaks out. You see, we all agree. The NYTimes says:
Mr. Obama’s point at his news conference was that for more than two years, monthly jobs reports have shown growth in the private sector, but continuing cutbacks in the public sector as state and local governments slash jobs in their struggle to balance their budgets; the public sector — not the private sector — most needs additional government help.
And Obama says:
“We’ve created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government — oftentimes, cuts initiated by governors or mayors who are not getting the kind of help that they have in the past from the federal government and who don’t have the same kind of flexibility as the federal government in dealing with fewer revenues coming in.”
Mitt Romney says:
“He wants another stimulus. He wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did: It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
I love this. This is clarity. The left wants more government workers. We want fewer. I know this seems obvious, but it's rare we get this agreement about where the line in the sand is.