This really shouldn't be so hard to understand. If we fire people from their jobs--whether public or private employees--that creates more unemployment. And it doesn't help the economy. And if we hire more people--again, whether public or private employees--that actually creates more jobs and reduces unemployment. To believe otherwise is to be blinded by anti-government ideology in the face of all evidence. Did Mitt Romney not understand that lesson from his tenure as Massachusetts governor, when he caused the layoffs of a lot of public employees? Evidently not.