(Video: Michael Steele, newly chosen chairman of the RNC, on The Situation Room, 2009 January 2)
Yes, it's true. Michael Steele, the new head of the Republican Party, said on 2 January this year:
Not in the history of mankind has the government ever created a job.
While we might wish that George W. Bush had not had a job for the previous eight years, this statement that our soldiers, sailors, and airmen, whether overseas or here at home; the cops and firefighters who keep our streets safe; the teachers who determine "is our children learning"; and all the doctors, nurses, and nurses aides who work in public hospitals aren't jobs is just stunning.
Having a job means working for a living, right? So that means that, according to the Republican party, all these people don't work for a living. You can't say that about our armed forces, or our teachers, or our police and firefighters. You just don't. It's appalling.
This quote should be put over pictures of the rescue workers at Ground Zero, planes taking off from aircraft carriers, soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and cops on the beat. It's unbelievable.