"That's a very strange accusation. Of course, teachers and firemen, and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states.
The federal government doesn't pay for teachers or firefighters or policemen, so obviously that's completely absurd."
It's technically true, but his original comments didn't seem to be about the roles of federal vs local governments.
“He [Obama] says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message in Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”
Btw, the phrase "teachers, firefighters, and policemen" is everywhere right now... sounds a bit like a Steve Martin movie, no?
I updated this post.