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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More rocket science from the Jackson family. Swell.

Tim Zank on October 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Where did this dolt work before he had his lobotomy and ran for congress? The core of this poor sick Republic is beginning to rot.

rplat on October 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Jackson is a Tea Party racist. Where is my free food and college tuition in his proposal? He doesn’t care about me.

NotCoach on October 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Let’s just hire 7.5 million people to dig a hole, and the other 7.5 million people to re-fill those holes. Genius!
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El_Terrible on October 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Sounds like Jesse is calling for a Federalized ACORN movement.

Or he is calling for 15 million federally paid Community Organizers?

portlandon on October 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

What a moron…. runs in the family. He has absolutely no clue and obviously the people that vote for him are just as stupid. Unbelievable!

ultracon on October 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Fuzzy math from fuzzy minded democrats.

VegasRick on October 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

I have an idea jjj, why don’t you resign from the congress and go out, start a business, hire gobs of people, and have to deal with the taxes and regulations you and those like you have put on businesses? And no jjj, you do not get a waiver on anything!
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letget on October 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

We can hire some investigators to look into Fast and Furious or Soylandra.

Oil Can on October 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM

I think we should stop using all these machines we have nowadays for building\resurfacing roads. Just hire more people and use shovels, sledge hammers, and trowels. This will truly put people back to work and help our economy.

WashJeff on October 13, 2011 at 12:51 PM

This other economic genius agrees:

Fareed Zakaria: But even if you were, wouldn’t John Maynard Keynes say that if you could employ people to dig a ditch and then fill it up again, that’s fine, they’re being productively employed, they’ll pay taxes, so maybe Boston’s Big Dig was just fine after all.

mudskipper on October 13, 2011 at 12:51 PM

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

Which equals $3 TRILLION for a 5 year plan. As in TRILLION, where the hell is that going to come from?

Jeebus, could this idiot beat Maxine Waters in the category of “Dumbest Ahole in Congress”?

I don’t think Junior was what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they created our Republic.

Bishop on October 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM

I’d rather take jobs advice from Tito Jackson. Just sayin.

Tim Zank on October 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM

What a moron…. runs in the family. He has absolutely no clue and obviously the people that vote for him are just as stupid. Unbelievable!

ultracon on October 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

He’s mine and I didn’t vote for him. but trust me, he’s there for life.

Knucklehead on October 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Former represenativa Debbie Halverson (D) is primarying JJJ. Debbie lost her seat to Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger is, probably, losing his seat to redistricting.

WashJeff on October 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM

The apple is stupider than the tree.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Here is a better idea – let’s have 0bama write a check to the US government for 14 Trillion dollars, and retire the deficit!

Same principle.

Rebar on October 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM

“On several occasions now, we’ve seen … the Congress is in rebellion, determined, as Abraham Lincoln said, to wreck or ruin at all costs”

Um… does this guy understand that it wasn’t Congress in rebellion; it was eleven of the states?

radjah shelduck on October 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM

The people who vote that loon into office need to have the wrong address to their voting station given to them on the next election. I wonder if JJJ would like that bit of extra-constitutional administrative action taken?

csdeven on October 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Absolutely clueless

Wade on October 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM

That cover photo of JJJ is perfect.

The look on his face just says “Duh.”

UltimateBob on October 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM

The economic ignorance here is staggering… but not terribly surprising.

mankai on October 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

C’mon, what’s the point of upholding some anachronistic oath of office when you can accomplish so much more by thinking with your skin?

OhioCoastie on October 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Former represenativa Debbie Halverson (D) is primarying JJJ. Debbie lost her seat to Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger is, probably, losing his seat to redistricting.

WashJeff on October 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM

And how slimy is that? God I hate this state.

Knucklehead on October 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Proof that one can be essentially brain-dead and still operate the hole under his nose.

Any hope of firing this dipstick in 2012, too?

CantCureStupid on October 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

The fascist tendencies of the Democrat party is truly frightening.

rbj on October 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Sounds like “Employer of Last Resort Program”!!
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Nation: Employer of Last Resort
Friday, Dec. 29, 1967
*********************

Reformers have argued for years that the ultimate weapon of the poverty war should be a program of guaranteed work for every adult willing and physically able to hold a job. Last summer’s urban violence gave new impetus to the idea. The Urban Coalition—a group of business, labor, political, religious and civil rights leaders—backed the proposal, and a bipartisan group of Senate liberals fought for legislation to implement it. But the Johnson Administration actively opposed the bill.

Last week Lyndon Johnson surprisingly came out hard for making the U.S. Government the employer of last resort for the “halfmillion hard-core unemployed in our principal cities.” In his television interview, he declared: “I am going to call in the businessmen of America and say one of two things has to happen: you have to help me go out and find jobs for these people, or we are going to find jobs in the Government for them. I think it will have to be done, as expensive as it is.”

How expensive, Johnson did not say. The unsuccessful Senate bill would have provided $2.8 billion for two years to employ 500,000. Congress gave just $1.77 billion to the entire poverty program for the current fiscal year, and that only after a rough fight. If Johnson seriously pushes a major new job scheme in an election year when taxes and Government spending are already high on the agenda of bitter issues, he can expect a more grinding scrap on Capitol Hill than he had in 1967.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,844296,00.html

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

It’ll be Obama’s army… They’ll all be guaranteed voters for Barry… and I guess that JR here should be in charge…
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I mean… since we’re free-thinking and all.
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RalphyBoy on October 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM

And how slimy is that? God I hate this state.

Knucklehead on October 13, 2011 at 12:55 PM

The redistricting in IL is disgusting. Bobby Rush to represent Licoln-Way area??? He is the extreme polar opposite of people in this area.

I only hope the GOP in other states are screwing liberals with redistricting they way the IL Dems are screwing us.

WashJeff on October 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Rod Blagojevich thinks JJJ’s plan is f’in golden, a valuable thing.

DrAllecon on October 13, 2011 at 1:02 PM

O/T
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BREAKING:
*Operation Delta Blues*

Authorities Release Details of ‘Operation Delta Blues’
Updated: Oct 12, 2011 2:32 AM EDT
*********************************

Five police officers who allegedly guarded drug shipments are among 51 other people arrested in a wide-ranging drug and corruption investigation in eastern Arkansas.

Federal authorities in Helena-West Helena announced Tuesday that the four-year investigation dubbed “Operation Delta Blues” led to the indictment of 70 people. That includes5-officers, 51 others and 14 fugitives at large.

The FBI says the focus of the investigation was corrupt law officers dealing with convicted felons who, in some cases, were convicted murderers.

Five law officers were indicted and arrested on Tuesday. They include: Robert Wahls, Herman Eaton, Marlene Kalb, Windston Dean Jackson and Robert Rogers. (Seen in the pictures to the left)

U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer says the five law officers worked in Phillips and Lee counties.

Thyer says 800 state and federal law enforcement officers fanned out and arrested 51 suspects. Thyer says 14 suspects are still being sought and five were in custody when the arrests began.
(More…)

http://www.katv.com/story/15664428/operationdeltablues
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Breaking Operation Delta Blues Police Corruption FBI Drugs Arkansas
Added: 1 hour ago Occurred On: Oct-13-2011
*******************************************************************

This is in my neck of the woods over here near Mississippi. Yep, Obama, Clinton & all of them know well about little Arkansas next door. Good for some Honest FBI & local police agents. Get rid of these scum cockroaches crooked drug dealers in governments. Exposed. RAID!!! Aaarrrrggggg!! Yep, good riddence.

(Press Confrence Video)

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=4fb_1318518498

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 1:03 PM

…and said that Obama should “declare a national emergency” and take “extra-constitutional” action “administratively” — without the approval of Congress — to tackle unemployment.

Might as well suspend elections while you’re at it

Jesse Jackson Jr.

BitterClinger on October 13, 2011 at 1:03 PM

The answer to this and other looney proposals (such as Obama’s “jobs bill”) should ever and always be “Gee, maybe you should have done that the first time we gave you $832B to play with.”

Otherwise, I’d like to get worked up over Jackson’s comments, but I can’t. It’s Jesse Jackson Jr. He is the bottom of a barrell full of rotten apples.

SAMinVA on October 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

A moron like this guy can spend other people’s money like nobody’s business.

search4truth on October 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

“How expensive, Johnson did not say. The unsuccessful Senate bill would have provided $2.8 billion for two years to employ 500,000. Congress gave just $1.77 billion to the entire poverty program for the current fiscal year, and that only after a rough fight. If Johnson seriously pushes a major new job scheme in an election year when taxes and Government spending are already high on the agenda of bitter issues, he can expect a more grinding scrap on Capitol Hill than he had in 1967.”

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM

It’s absolutely staggering how the cost of those programs has grown.

Ward Cleaver on October 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Well, you are dreaming if you think you could hire and manage 15MM people with only 20% overhead and that you could avoid other benefit costs…you need to take look at some large organizations and if they could do that at 20%, I think the number you are thinking of is allocated overhead, not total other costs

But the most important thing the JJJ said was that he supported extra Constitutional actions…since he took an oath of office to the Constitution, he just violated that oath and should be at least censured by the House

georgealbert on October 13, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Nuclear freeze? What about surplus government cheese?!

~Eddie Murphy as Jesse Jackson, Sr., on SNL.

Christien on October 13, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Hank Johnson must be relieved.

Cicero43 on October 13, 2011 at 1:09 PM

What a maroon…

PatriotRider on October 13, 2011 at 1:10 PM

I’m am sure that 8ffirmative action has nothing to do with this…

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Seven Percent Solution on October 13, 2011 at 1:11 PM

You’ll have to pardon idiot Shakedown Jr. The nut doesn’t fall far from the entitlement tree. Have to wonder why people keep re-electing this guy. “Hey, he might be stupid, but he’s OUR stupid!”

GarandFan on October 13, 2011 at 1:12 PM

The Republican jobs plan is cut government and jobs will magically appear … because little angry white male gnomes from the ‘burbs and Toby Keith will make it so.

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

The apple (or nut) does not fall far from the tree.

maryo on October 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:14 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

Ugh. He is my rep. He succeeded Mel Reynolds, who was jailed; who succeeded Gus Savage, who was jailed. Now, Debbie Halvorsen wants to replace him.

*shakes head*

herm2416 on October 13, 2011 at 1:16 PM

JJJ is Stuck On Stupid.

In his world money grows on trees, is delivered by unicorns and pixies can spread it to the unemployed if they fake working for the government.

Just like in the USSR where it went: ‘We pretend to work and they pretend to pay us.’

ajacksonian on October 13, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Doesn’t he realize we already have a system that does something similar? Its called, “unemployment benefits” that pays people who don’t have a job.

Granted, they don’t get $40k, but they don’t have to work!

How great is that!?

taznar on October 13, 2011 at 1:17 PM

love that picture….total DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS!

SDarchitect on October 13, 2011 at 1:19 PM

What we need here is a CIVILIAN NATIONAL SECURITY FORCE with a budget bigger than the defense department.

MMMMM, who said that? I’m trying to remember…..mmmmmmm

Oh, yeah……this guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt2yGzHfy7s

PappyD61 on October 13, 2011 at 1:19 PM

If the fellow was smart enough to be responsible for his actions he would be an oath breaker and expelled from Congress forthwith. Since the man is a dunce, a congenital mooch and an all around mope he will get a pass. Remember, he grew up eating food paid for by money extorted from working people.

Mason on October 13, 2011 at 1:19 PM

I don’t think he’s a lunatic.

Au contraire! He and Bams and the Dems keep talking up the “dysfunction” of Congress to prepare the way for a Hugo Chavez move. Bams will just step in and save the economy…but nationalizing everything.

PattyJ on October 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM

Thank you Most Gracious and benevolent G-d…for allowing us to ESCAPE that inbred mental midget’s district in April.
AMEN!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM

I only hope the GOP in other states are screwing liberals with redistricting they way the IL Dems are screwing us.

WashJeff on October 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM

The eloquent voice of noble conservatism strikes again.

Thanks for raising the bar to a new level.

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

My goodness…stupidity is indeed hereditary.
Let’s pay them to clean up after all the scumbag OWS rallies. /s

HornetSting on October 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I realize some of our elected officials are in a panic about job creations, but grasping at billions of straws we don’t have and throwing them at the unemployed isn’t going to work. Besides, what makes him think that all the people who don’t have a job would take one if it was offered to them? I saw a clip from a reporter asking some protester if he were offered a job on Wall Street would he take it and guess what the answer was? Afterwards, he probably headed to the public trough for some free pizza.

scalleywag on October 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Oops!

OBAMA’S JOB CREATION PROMISE: A
MODEST PROPOSAL TO GUARANTEE
THAT HE MEETS AND EXCEEDS
EXPECTATIONS
****************
(Exerpts)

The amendment proposed here is for the government to offer a job
guarantee to all unemployed individuals who are ready, willing, and able to participate in the economic
recovery;

that is, to target the unemployed directly. President Obama can create three million
jobs through a job guarantee in the first few months of his presidency,

and many more over
the next two years.

This guarantee will also ensure a speedy recovery that does not leave women
and minorities behind.

A Job Guarantee Is Much Cheaper Than the
Current Proposal

A job guarantee not only helps address a basic human right—
the right to a job, as per the UnitedNations Universal Declaration
of Human Rights (1948)—
============================

http://estes.levy.org/pubs/pn_09_01.pdf

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I only hope the GOP in other states are screwing liberals with redistricting they way the IL Dems are screwing us.

WashJeff on October 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM

My many condolences on you joining its district in 2012.

annoyinglittletwerp on October 13, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Unfreakinglybelievable !
Unfreakinglyscary !

pambi on October 13, 2011 at 1:26 PM

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 12:57 PM
It’s absolutely staggering how the cost of those programs has grown.

Ward Cleaver on October 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Ward Cleaver:The cost,oh man,and Government Funded to boot!

I think,what JJJ,is talking about,is that program!

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 1:26 PM

WashJeff on October 13, 2011 at 1:01 PM
The eloquent voice of noble conservatism strikes again.

Thanks for raising the bar to a new level.

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Awww. You make people ‘regular’. What a noble cause.

We have some REALLY SORRY TROLLS NOW. I miss growfins.

HornetSting on October 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM

It’s official. The dem party is out of ideas for the mess they created.

booter on October 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Someday scientists will discover the “moron” gene. Perhaps I can guide them on where to look.

John Deaux on October 13, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Brillance!

So, essentially his plan is to transfer everyone from unemployment, call them something else other than unemployed, and extend benefits for 5 years.

reaganaut on October 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Don’t eff with my friend, you castrated cockroach!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I’m in! I’m quittin!

Someone else can work for my living.

shick on October 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM

JJ Jr removes all doubt and proves he is insane.

David in ATL on October 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Where to start with this nonsense?

Maybe just by calling it nonsense? Good place to end it, also.

Seriously, does this even deserve the effort at analysis? Couldn’t we just call JJJ a complete idiot and save everyone a lot of time?

I mean, why not just pass a law that everyone is a millionaire? It would have the same practical effect, i.e. none at all.

tom on October 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

I’m in! I’m quittin!

Someone else can work for my living.

shick on October 13, 2011 at 1:31 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

Looks like Maxine Waters needs a fact check on those
(the loss of eight million jobs.)

Black Caucus message: Pass jobs programs now!
September 22 2011
********************

“The unemployment rate for African-American workers is nearly twice the national rate.

jobless rate for Black workers is three times the national rate as it is in Cleveland, the city I represent. When parents don’t work, children don’t eat.”

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., pointed out that Bush-era tax cuts were followed by

James Lowry, Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group, said, “We’re dying in the Black community.

If a national infrastructure bank is created, how many minority jobs will it create?”

David Hinson, national director of the Minority Business Development Agency, told the crowd minority-owned businesses employ 5.9 million workers, creating jobs “not only for Black workers but for all Americans. We need diversity.”
(More…………)

http://www.peoplesworld.org/black-caucus-message-pass-jobs-programs-now/

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 1:35 PM

This would become a perpetual make-work program and would cripple the American economy for decades.

And we’ll have to provide food too. And Ipads. With Wireless access.

BacaDog on October 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

We have some REALLY SORRY TROLLS NOW. I miss growfins.

HornetSting on October 13, 2011 at 1:27 PM

HornetSting:**Sigh**,so true!:)
====================================

Captain Beefheart – Grow Fins
******************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrJSMCMFp4c

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM

Stupider than Daddy… NEVER thought I would say that..

Sliding work scale (you only get one channel on your TV):

- $10,000: Stay home and watch Oprah (LOTS will want this option)
- $11,000: MSNBC
- $20,000: Judge Judy
- $25,000: Nancy Grace
- $30,000: Judge Joe Brown
- $36,000: CNN
- $100,000: Fox News Channel (nobody will pick this one)

Khun Joe on October 13, 2011 at 1:41 PM

The Republican jobs plan is cut government and jobs will magically appear … because little angry white male gnomes from the ‘burbs and Toby Keith will make it so.

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

After this brainless spew from JJJ, you’re going to have to do a lot better to try to make anyone else in the world look ridiculous.

tom on October 13, 2011 at 1:42 PM

JJJ lacks brain functions beyond those of the brain stem, yet he wins election to the House … a real testimonial to informed voting.

ya2daup on October 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Who votes these idiots in to office?

ObamatheMessiah on October 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

These people are just idiots. Hope is fading.

rjoco1 on October 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

My mom will be 80 this year. In talking to her about the gov’t hiring people, I mentioned it being like the WPA…As soon as I said it, she said ….We Poke Along…..I asked what she meant and she said that is how they were referred to “back then”

Larr on October 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

You know, it’s getting to where we have “stupid congressman” stories just like we have “stupid criminal” stories. Which actually makes a certain amount of sense….

tom on October 13, 2011 at 1:44 PM

The Republican jobs plan is cut government and jobs will magically appear … because little angry white male gnomes from the ‘burbs and Toby Keith will make it so.

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Let’s see, obama and the democrats are GROWING government and jobs are magically disappearing…you would think the opposite WOULD work..and it has before.
Little angry white male gnomes from the ‘burbs beat smelly, sh*tsticks from the urban jungle any day. Go back to your OWS love fest.
And, Toby Keith is actually a DEMOCRAT.
I see this as a triple fail for you, regular bowel movements.

HornetSting on October 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Who votes these idiots in to office?

ObamatheMessiah on October 13, 2011 at 1:43 PM

The same Chicago Machine that brought you PBHO… Thx Illinois…

Khun Joe on October 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM

JJJ oughta be breakin rocks in the hot sun for attempting to buy the Illinois Senate seat vacated by Obamanure. Why he’s walking around outside the confines of federal prison would be a Pulitzer magnet were he:
-White
-Republican
-Not the sputum of the Marble Mouth Gaddhafi lover.

Western_Civ on October 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Let’s pay them to clean up after all the scumbag OWS rallies. /s

HornetSting on October 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

That’s the spirit! They are paying them to attend the rally and then we can pay them to clean up after themselves too. Two people working instead of just one. :-)

tims472 on October 13, 2011 at 1:46 PM

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM

Don’t eff with my friend, you castrated cockroach!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM

annoyinglittletwerp:You tell em’,you go girl!:)

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Those who fail to heed the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.

The Great Depression lasted years longer than it should have because FDR drew it out with his policies.

unclesmrgol on October 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

A more direct route to JJJ’s goals would be for him to resign his seat in Congress and go down to the Occupy Chicago protest and talk up the glorious socialist revolution.

thuja on October 13, 2011 at 1:52 PM

Hey scientists, if JJ JR isn’t available, try here:

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

John Deaux on October 13, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Just call it what it would be – buying millions of votes.

RDuke on October 13, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Yeah, he’s about as sharp as his dimwitted father…

stacman on October 13, 2011 at 2:07 PM

A far cheaper and more effective stimulus package would be to purchase a copy of Henry Hazlitt’s “Economics In One Lesson” for every Democrat in America.

Sharke on October 13, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Which equals $3 TRILLION for a 5 year plan. As in TRILLION, where the hell is that going to come from?
Bishop on October 13, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Considering the fact that Obama added far more than this to the debt since coming to office, I doubt they would have trouble finding it.
This plan would have been much cheaper then the crap they have tried so far. The trick would have been keeping them from spending more when the rest of their ‘base’ complained that these folks are making more than the other folks on minimum wage.

It also comes with a nice fringe benefit. If we were to hook Mr Friedman’s body to an electrical generator, we could probably run Chicago with all the free electricity that spinning body gave off.

Dawnsblood on October 13, 2011 at 2:12 PM

So, essentially his plan is to transfer everyone from unemployment, call them something else other than unemployed, and extend benefits for 5 years.

Silly Republican… you forgot the lifetime pension and healthcare //s

byepartisan on October 13, 2011 at 2:13 PM

I don’t make 40k now, even though I’m comfortably employed. If this were being offered, I’d quit my job without even thinking about it.

Yes, it would be unprincipled of me, but I’m not running for office. If they’re going to take my money, then I’ll try to get my money’s worth. That’s just smart.

Esthier on October 13, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Hey Jackson, look into the camera and repeat after me, ” I am not smarter than a 5th grader.”

rjoco1 on October 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Like the old saying goes, ” the turd doesn’t fall far from the a-hole”

esnap on October 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM

If they’re going to take my money, then I’ll try to get my money’s worth. That’s just smart.

Esthier on October 13, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Exactly. Then work under the table/black market-style. I think JJJ’s onto something here.

s/

Jaibones on October 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

I would like to think that there’s at least one member of the Congressional Black Caucus who trembles in fear and disgust every time JJJ or Ellison or one of the other miscreants in the Caucus get into the press.

JEM on October 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM

The 2007-2011 Obama Jobs montage!
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Obama Presidency by the Numbers
Oct 4 2011
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How should the American people assess the performance of their president? One way is to examine key performance metrics, such as jobs, economic growth and inflation.

This video offers a comparison of some of these metrics from at the beginning of President Obama’s term to now. Decide for yourself if you are better off today than you were then.

A special thanks to John E. of the Ace of Spades HQ for providing the infographs used in this video available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnnyshop/6196456311/sizes/o/in/photostream/

This link includes references to the sources for the statistics cited in the video.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfMjbS0oWrE

canopfor on October 13, 2011 at 2:23 PM

bifidis on October 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Are you using a laptop made by some evil corporation and using wifi providing by some big evil corporation at your little camp-out?

PS Toby Keith is a Democrat.

reaganaut on October 13, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Let’s just hire 7.5 million people to dig a hole, and the other 7.5 million people to re-fill those holes. Genius!

El_Terrible on October 13, 2011 at 12:49 PM

If you hired 7.5 million people to break windows, and then hired 7.5 million to fix them, it would be even better. There would be an additional 7.5 million glass makers hired, and 7.5 million truck drivers (each taking one piece of glass to a repairman). And 7.5 million new trucks bought to deliver those windows.

With one little executive order, Obama can create 37.5 million new jobs.

Someone tell them to send me my big check.

Squiggy on October 13, 2011 at 2:28 PM

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