POSTED AT 11:35 AM ON DECEMBER 5, 2011 BY ED MORRISSEY
When Republicans want to shrink the size of federal government, argues the New York Times, it’s not about reducing the explosive growth in federal budgets seen even in just the last three years. It’s not about scaling back the regulatory adventurism that will eventually require 230,000 more inspectors at the EPA alone [see Update II]. No, say the editors in today’s missive — it’s really all about latent racism:
Buried in the relatively positive numbers contained in the November jobs report was some very bad news for those who work in the public sector. There were 20,000 government workers laid off last month, by far the largest drop for any sector of the economy, mostly from states, counties and cities.
That continues a troubling trend that’s been building for years, one that has had a particularly harsh effect on black workers. While the private sector has been adding jobs since the end of 2009, more than half a million government positions have been lost since the recession. …