Did you know that teachers, firemen, police, office workers, IT professionals and mail carriers aren’t actually doing a “real” job?

That’s according to Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), who told a conservative radio host recently that he’s opposing a national debt limit increase because he believes it wouldn’t affect anyone with a “real job.”

Although Republicans raised the debt limit repeatedly and with little debate under President George W. Bush, Republicans under President Barack Obama are digging in their heels and threatening to harm the global economy by forcing the U.S. to default on its debts or make significant cuts to the government’s day-to-day operations.

Some of those day-to-day operations include workers who may be deemed “non-essential”: about a quarter million of them, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

But speaking to conservative talk host Martha Zoller, Broun was unfazed at all the jobs that would be lost.

“Well those are gonna be government employees that are put out of work,” he said. “There are a lot of government employees that need to go find a real job!”

Failure to raise the debt limit, most experts agree, would be catastrophic to the global economy.

This video is from the Martha Zoller show, as snipped by Think Progress.