Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker wave at a campaign event on June 18, 2012 in Janesville, Wis. Republicans have pushed deep cuts in public employment since the economic downturn began.
Bryce Covert is the Editor of the Roosevelt Institute's New Deal 2.0 blog and a writer for The Nation.
It's no secret anymore (particularly since Obama's The-Private-Sector-Is-Doing-Fine-Gate) that there have been huge numbers of government worker layoffs during the recovery. Many are rightly pointing out that this is only making the jobs crisis worse. But what's behind those losses?