Earth To Rep. Shimkus: The Private Sector Is Growing And The Public Sector Is Not

August 25, 2011 2:01 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Over at, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) advances the myth that public-sector payrolls are ballooning under President Obama: 

While private sector employment has declined under President Obama's watch, the president's record on government job creation is unmatched for his time in office.

Shimkus also believes the Book of Genesis disproves climate science, so it's probably too much to ask of the congressman to consider the evidence. Nevertheless, Shimkus' take on Obama's jobs record is completely backward

The private sector has created jobs in 17 consecutive months, while the public sector is steadily shrinking. The pace of the recovery is still too slow, thanks largely to the GOP's emphasis on spending cuts over job creation, but this is exactly the trend conservatives say they want.