President Obama responds to a woman who was laid off from her government job: "Let me just first of all say that workers like you, for the federal, state, and local governments, are so important for our vital services. And it frustrates me sometimes when people talk about 'government jobs' as if somehow those are worth less than private sector jobs. I think there is nothing more important than working on behalf of the American people."I don't know how you could get anymore wrongheaded. It is only private employment that generates the taxes that permits government jobs to exist. Of course government jobs are worth less than private jobs. Far too many government jobs exist at all. We need to focus on eliminating government jobs.
This is a government-uber-alles president.
On a related note, it is altogether wrong to ask what government agencies can be eliminated. We should instead ask what government agencies do we need to keep.