Our fearless leader and friend of fearless leader, govenor Patrick of Ma, seem to look at the stimulus package in the same light, a means to saving government programs and government jobs. This in no way is helping the small business owner who is holding on by the skin of his teeth and trying to out live this recession now into it's third year.
“You might as well play the roulette wheel rather than think you can get a job through (the state’s) stimulus program,” said House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading).
“The focus has not been on private-sector growth,” said Charlie Baker, a Republican candidate for governor. “The focus has been on the status quo.”
About 71 percent of the 4,722 full-time equivalent jobs that Patrick said were created or saved last quarter were government jobs either fully or partly funded with federal stimulus dollars.
An examination of the state’s overall numbers also shows that about 70 percent of the total jobs were retained, not created. Only 1,389 of the positions touted by Patrick are classified as newly created jobs, data shows.
Alethea Pieters, a spokeswoman for Patrick’s economic stimulus office, said yesterday that public sector jobs are “as important, if not more important” than private sector jobs because of the “critical services” some of them provide, such as schoolteachers, police and firefighters. She also blamed the federal government, saying that stimulus money came with strings attached.