Massive Public Layoffs Warning

SUBHEAD: Obama warns of massive layoffs of public sector teachers, police, and firefighters. Image above: Sesame Street teachers, firemen and police get laid off... especially teachers. Mashup by Juan Wilson.

By Staff on 13 June 2010 in Huffington Post - (

[Editor's note: This is an excerpt from article that is part of White House effort that appears to be an attempt to shore up stimulus effort and delay pain of joblessness that is coming.]

On Saturday night, the White House released a letter Obama sent to congressional leaders of both parties asking for nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments to fend off "massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters" and to prevent a possible double-dip recession.

"We are at a critical juncture on our nation's patch to economic recovery," the president warned. "It is essential that we continue to explore additional measures to spur job creation and build momentum toward recovery, even as we establish a path to long-term fiscal discipline. At this critical moment, we cannot afford to slide backwards just as our recovery is taking hold."

In an interview with the Washington Post, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel "said the letter is intended to settle the growing debate over the opposing priorities of job creation and deficit reduction and 'where you put your thumb on the scale.'"


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