Laying Off Customers
Laying off firefighters, cops, and teachers is bad for business.
Connect: Any American business owner can tell you: our businesses need more customers.
Define: Mitt Romney's plan to lay off our firefighters, cops, and teachers wouldn't just hurt our families and our kids -- it would hurt our businesses, too.
Explain: Firefighters, cops, and teachers aren't just our neighbors, friends, and family -- they are customers in our stores. When they get laid off, they have less money to spend in them.
Bottom line: A dollar's a dollar no matter who's spending it. Businesses lose business when their customers lose their jobs.
Connect the dots: Mitt Romney's plan wouldn't just take firefighters out of our neighborhoods and teachers out of our classrooms -- it would take customers out of our stores, too.
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EYE ON THE RIGHT
- Actually, the entire drop in Americans' household wealth happened in 2008 -- all under George W. Bush's watch.
- But too many working families are still struggling and our economy isn't doing as well as the President wants, even though it has added over 4 million jobs in just the last two years alone.
- That's why the President's policies have been focused on getting our economy going again -- despite GOP politicians like Mitt Romney pushing to lay off even more Americans.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Consumer spending fuels the vast majority of our economy. In fact, the country's major metropolitan areas with the slowest recoveries had lost government jobs since total employment began to recover.
- While the private sector has added over 4 million jobs in the past two years, 600,000 firefighters, nurses, cops, teachers, and other workers in the public sector have been laid off.
- GOP leadership pushed for the public sector layoffs at the state and local levels that are dragging down the national economic recovery.
- These layoffs were entirely avoidable, but Republicans in Congress repeatedly blocked efforts to help keep our firefighters, cops, and teachers on the job -- against the wishes of the vast majority of the American people. Now they're pushing to throw even more families out of work.
- If GOP politicians hadn't also blocked efforts to put Americans back to work fixing our roads and bridges, the unemployment rate could be down to 6% already.
- Public sector jobs generate private sector jobs: if public sector employment had been allowed to recover normally, we could have nearly 2 more million jobs today -- including 500,000 jobs in the private sector.
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