JJJ: Let’s just hire 15 million Americans to do …. something

posted at 12:45 pm on October 13, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Bring back the WPA! That’s the economic plan proposed by Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr in an interview with Daily Caller’s Nicholas Ballasly, and it’s a bargain. For just $804 billion, Jackson says we can bail out the states, the cities, and hire every unemployed worker in the US. But, er … for how long?

Jackson called for full government employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should “declare a national emergency” and take “extra-constitutional” action “administratively” — without the approval of Congress — to tackle unemployment.

“I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past,” Jackson said. “He’s looking administratively for ways to advance the causes of the American people, because this Congress is completely dysfunctional.” …

“On several occasions now, we’ve seen … the Congress is in rebellion, determined, as Abraham Lincoln said, to wreck or ruin at all costs. I believe … in the direct hiring of 15 million unemployed Americans at $40,000 a head, some more than $40,000, some less than $40,000 — that’s a $600 billion stimulus. It could be a five-year program. For another $104 billion, we bailout all of the states … for another $100 billion, we bailout all of the cities,” he said.

Jackson added that his $804 billion stimulus plan is the only way to solve the unemployment crisis. “I support the jobs plan. I support the president’s re-election. I support Barack Obama,” he said. “But at this hour, we need a plan that meets the size and scope of the problem to put the American people to work.”

Where to start with this nonsense? Let’s just start with the math. Employing 15 million at a salary of $40,000 would indeed cost $600 billion, but only for a single year — and only if you don’t count non-salary compensation like health and retirement benefits. With overhead traditionally calculated at 20% of salary, the actual payroll costs for that kind of hiring program would be closer to $720 billion per year, and over five years it would add $3.6 trillion to our national debt over and above what we’re already adding now.

And at the end of five years, when we have to raise taxes to cover all the additional debt and suck capital out of the private sector, how will job creation in America respond to 15 million newly-unemployed government workers? Hint: It will be worse than what we face now. This would become a perpetual make-work program and would cripple the American economy for decades.

The same is true with the math for the state and municipal bailouts. We’ve already given states two years of bailouts, courtesy of the block-grant funding from Porkulus I that allowed states to paper over their budget gaps rather than fix their structural problems. Jackson wants this to also continue in perpetuity, which amounts to the taxpayers of one state subsidizing the bad decisions of another. Will that produce fiscal discipline in the state legislatures, or a rush to claim more subsidies through deficit spending? Given the lack of seriousness that the states approached their budget issues in 2009 and 2010 while getting those Porkulus block grants, I’d bet the latter — especially since it allows politicians an opportunity to dodge difficult choices by passing the bills to Washington.

Finally, it’s simply outrageous to hear a sitting Congressman advise a President to bypass the legislative branch and impose economic policy unilaterally. Jackson took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, didn’t he? Oh, if only Jackson knew someone who could present his proposal to Congress so that the representatives of the people could vote to adopt or reject his plan. Hey, wait a minute …

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A beneath this smelly pile of “wit” is a whiny conservative who thinks he’s a “job creator.”

Hahaha.

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Wit is always better than unwarranted insults and accusations. You are so right in suggesting that I shouldn’t whine about people working for other people’s living.

I don’t remember seeing you post here before. Perhaps you are new and you will bless future Hotair topics with profound words of wisdom.

I can’t say that I’m looking forward to the manifestation of your future boorishness.

shick on October 13, 2011 at 2:29 PM

A beneath this smelly pile of “wit” is a whiny conservative who thinks he’s a “job creator.”

Hahaha.

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

And checkin’ your spellin’ is hard. Can you make someone do it fer me?

Squiggy on October 13, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Wow, really. You need to pick up your trolling. We are used to better than that around here. :(

lorien1973 on October 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM

He can’t; that’s actually his best material. Sad, right?

~Where have you gone, Proud Rino, a website turns its lonely eyes to you…..

Good Solid B-Plus on October 13, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Finally, it’s simply outrageous to hear a sitting Congressman advise a President to bypass the legislative branch and impose economic policy unilaterally. Jackson took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, didn’t he?

But in his defense, he has never read the constitution.

jeffn21 on October 13, 2011 at 2:42 PM

So, is Junior a legitimate son of Jesse, or born to one of Sr.’s mistresses? How many siblings does he have that he knows about?

Are there other Jackson Jr’s in politics, born of one of Jesse Senior’s extramarital affairs? I don’t know much about the Jackson family, and how many children he’s had with all those different women that the Reverend Jackson had affairs with.

Does Junior go to a church where all the Reverends have mistresses? What religion is that anyway?

aeroplane on October 13, 2011 at 2:47 PM

ACORN thinks these unemployed folks could be useful go door to door, doing “voter encouragement”.

MTF on October 13, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I hate political dynasties of any type, from any political party. What has this punk kid ever done to merit becoming a Congressman?? What life experience does he bring to the problems of the nation? Nothing — his daddy is a successful race warrior and political mover and got his son into office.

EasyEight on October 13, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Good idea. We could use about 15 million Americans to follow the administration and it’s czars and union cronies around to help fill the courtrooms of this nation of laws. It would be a cheap investment -double time pay for those that result in a prosecustion.

Don L on October 13, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Gees, don’t any of you know hyperbole sarcasm a good joke when you hear it?

MNHawk on October 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM

For just $804 billion, Jackson says we can bail out the states, the cities, and hire every unemployed worker in the US. But, er … for how long?

Long enough for the SEIU to get all the union dues from those new government workers into the next election cycle!

Let’s see, $25 per week(52) per worker(15,000,000) per year(1) = 18 billion in direct campaign donations for the Democrats!

Freddy on October 13, 2011 at 3:10 PM

How about we start with this… Those already on the handout train start putting in 40 hours of community service…

Neo-con Artist on October 13, 2011 at 3:33 PM

How about we start with this… Those already on the handout train start putting in 40 hours of community service…

Neo-con Artist on October 13, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Starting with Jesse Jr?

MTF on October 13, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Geez! Jackson comes off sounding like an absolute moron! Like father like son?

GFW on October 13, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Why even get to laughing at the numbers? The guy is saying Obama should declare martial law and suspend the constitution because policy differences now constitute insurrection. We call that a coup and advocating it generallly constitutes treason.

tommyboy on October 13, 2011 at 4:39 PM

“I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means”

In other words, continue to violate the oath of office that he, Obama, (and Jessie Jackson also) took to the United States Constitution. Rep. Jesse Jackson would look very natural goose stepping and doing Sieg Heil.

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on October 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Odd isn’t it, that when progs want to hire more government workers as stimulus, they never seem to hit on growing the US Army and Marines. During the administration of President George W. Bush we accepted that we were short a division or two of where we should be.

For another stimulus, how about ordering another 100 F-22′s?

slickwillie2001 on October 13, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Work? Work?! Oh hell no! I want a “Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.

Paul_in_NJ on October 13, 2011 at 9:01 PM

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