For all those who think government doesn't create jobs, we bring you Wisconsin.
Oh, and lookee here, a slowdown in government spending is hurting the national economy. According to the Miami Herald,
The U.S. economy expanded at a sluggish 2.2 percent annual rate from January through March, the government said Friday in a confounding report that spotlighted the continuing challenge of spurring strong growth.
Most forecasters had expected growth in the 2.5 to 3 percent range. The disappointing first-quarter number mirrored the closely watched March jobs report earlier this month, which also fell short by adding only 120,000 jobs after a string of stronger months.
Although the headline number for the nation's gross domestic product - the sum of goods and services produced in the U.S. economy - came up short of expectations, the report's component parts offered rays of hope. They showed consumption remaining strong in a recovering private sector, while a slowdown in government spending dampened overall growth.And don't forget what government austerity is doing to Europe (short answer: destroying its economy).