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Your point is nonsensical. You make it sound as though these nearly half a million people are working for free. The fact is that they are working and will be receiving a paycheck throughout their temporary tenure. Should we stop reporting private sector temporary holiday jobs because they, too, are impermanent? Ah, the treachery of government-bashing bloggers.


Have to agree with Marty a bit.

You disagree with the lede. OK, but don't think that your lede doesn't have an editorial slant too.

(Two other things: the article has changed; "data" is plural.)


Agree with you totally Kaiser. A system in which the government creates 20 jobs for every one the private sector creates is unsustainable. We're in a hole, and 411,000 new government employees just dug us deeper. That's not progress, it's the opposite.

Francis Norton

@Marty I think that you nay have misread this post - Kaiser Fung's point appears to be about the temporary and exceptional nature of the jobs, not their state funding. In effect, these 411 thousand jobs are not telling us anything about the confidence of the economy, they're just saying "it's that time of the decade again".

Wouldn't you agree that the "calling a spade a spade" version is clearer and more informative than the NYT version?

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