The Obama campaign is out with a Web video highlighting job loss resulting from cuts to state and local budgets — and contrasting Obama’s plan to send billions in aid to the states to rehire first responders and teachers with Mitt Romney’s claim Friday that we don’t need any more of them:

At Obama’s presser on Friday, he made one of his most extensive cases yet that austerity and more cuts to government will push us further into crisis, while Romney’s comments later in the day gave Obama’s campaign an opening to reframe this debate as one not about parasitic bureacrats but one specifically about cops, firefighters and teachers. More broadly, the argument is now fully engaged over the relationship between government job loss and the economic crisis.