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Obama thanked

July 31, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

In a July 17 opinion from the editor of The Mining Journal, he complained about President Obama creating 123,000 federal jobs (according to him) in the public sector over the last three years, financed (of course) by your taxes.

What was not mentioned was that in 2010 alone, the top four Department of Defense contractors of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and General Dynamics, stuck their heads in the corporate trough and gobbled up well over $28 billion of the DoD budget (Washington Technology / Defense Systems).

This created jobs in the private sector, again, financed by your tax dollars.

Of special note, on March 20, 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics released a report on the Employment Situation of Veterans.

The report stated that in August of 2011, there were 21.6 million men and women in our population that were veterans.

The jobless rate for vets was 8.3 percent, 12.1 percent for Gulf War-era vets. For those Gulf-era (II) veterans with a service connected disability, unemployment was at 26 percent.

Of those disabled veterans that were fortunate enough to be employed, one in three (34 percent) worked in the public sector. For employed vets with no disability, 1 in 5 worked in federal, state, or local governments.

I served about six years of active duty with the U.S. Army and about 14 years with the State of Michigan. Public sector employees have a very positive impact on their local economies. They work hard, provide a service, shop, purchase cars and homes, and pay their taxes.

Beyond a doubt, unemployed veterans, disabled veterans, and unemployed civilians are more than thankful when they are able to secure either a private or public sector job funded through our tax dollars.

For those 123,000 federal jobs, thank you President Obama.

Max Graves




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