Obama: ‘We Don’t Need a Huge Government’

By Michael W. Chapman | August 7, 2013 | 12:57pm EDT

President Barack Obama and Tonight Show host Jay Leno. (AP)

(CNSNews.com) – During his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said that when it comes to the economy and infrastructure – fixing bridges, roads, and ports – “we don’t need a huge government.’

Host Jay Leno raised the topic of infrastructure and asked why fixing a bridge had to be a partisan issue. President Obama said he did not know but took a dig at Republicans and said the following:

“Part of it is, what they’ll [Republicans] say is, ‘We like infrastructure but we don’t like to pay for it.’ And one of the things I’ve been trying to get across here is we don’t need a huge government, but we need government doing some basic things.”

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“And we should all agree on a sensible mechanism to go ahead and pay for it and make sure we don’t waste money,” said Obama.  “Make sure we’re cutting down on permitting times, delays, but let’s go and get it done.”

There were 2,804,000 federal employees as of the end of 2012, up from 2,709,000 in January 2009, when Obama was inaugurated for his first term, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  At least 459,016 of those federal workers make over $100,000 a year in salary, about 1 in every 5 federal employees.

In every month of his presidency since January 2009, the number of federal workers has increased.  Further, there are more federal workers under Obama than were under President George W. Bush.

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