Television is my least favorite medium because pundits usually strike outlandish poses that are wholly disconnected from the facts. Case in point is the short video above from MSNBC with Chris Hayes of The Nation, author Amanda Foreman, pundit Ann Coulter and political commentator and comedian Bill Maher. What are these people talking about?
Amanda Foreman: “Government doesn’t create jobs. Ideas create jobs. Innovation creates jobs.”
Chris Hayes: “My mother works for the government. Is that not a job?”
Fact check: Chris Hayes mother definitely has a “real” job. About 20% of the U.S. economy comes governmental expenditures, and much of that is paid as salaries and wages to government employees. State and local governments are about 12% and the federal government is about 8%.