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Harry Reid Says Unemployment is a Good Thing – It’s “Free Agency” (Liberal Logic)
Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2014 | Michael Schaus

Posted on 02/05/2014 12:47:35 PM PST by Kaslin

The Congressional Budget Office released a report that suggests almost 2.5 million workers might lose their jobs (or have their hours cut to part-time) in the next few years thanks to the implementation of Obamacare. The average American might see this as a worrisome report from the non-partisan CBO about the unintended consequence of government’s regulatory take-over of healthcare… But Harry Reid and other Democrat big-wigs are trying to spin this as a positive. The Democrat from Nevada even suggested that the individuals who are set to lose their job should be happy, because they are about to become “free agents” in the economy.

Of course, keep in mind that this is the same guy who suggested the US tax system was voluntary. (No… Seriously. I’ve posted the video at the end of this column. Of course, if you don’t have the tolerance to watch it, you can always pound your head against your desk for roughly 4 1/2 minutes to achieve the same sensation.) When asked for a reaction on the CBO report that projected millions of lost jobs because of Obamacare’s impact on labor incentives, the Democrat suggested that job loss is a liberating life-event:

“We have the CBO report, which rightfully says, that people shouldn’t have job lock. If they — we live in a country where there should be free agency. People can do what they want,” Reid told reporters. “And what they’re saying here is — and the fact checkers have already done this — the Republicans talk about losing millions of jobs simply isn’t true. It allows people to get out of a job they’re locked into, because of — they have healthcare in their job.”

Right… “Mr. Jones, we regret to inform you that we have to make some cuts in your department. You are now a “free agent”. Please clean out your desk by noon.” So… For all you that have experienced a lay-off: Now you can pay your own increasingly expensive healthcare without the added benefit of a full time job, or dependable paychecks. Great news! Especially when you consider that Healthcare.gov was developed in-part by Belarusian hackers (no… really though) and has proven to be plagued with inflated premium prices.

But the logically challenged Democrat from Nevada (seriously Nevada, when are you going to make Reid a “free agent”?) wasn’t the only one preparing to put a positive spin on bad news. In a scene basically created for a Mel Brooks comedy on politicking, Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, portrayed the report as a win for the average American family:

"What this report said is a rather obvious point, which is that as people have greater access to healthcare, there is going to be some two-parent families where someone says I’m going to work a little less because we can get healthcare and I’m going spend time raising my children… And on the overall impact on what it’s going to mean for jobs, well, I think that’s an incomplete number, because we know that with lower healthcare costs, we’re going to have more productivity, some experts predicting hundreds of thousands of more jobs due to that.”

Um… Have you looked at premium prices lately? They’ve gone up. Calling the monstrosity-that-is-Obamacare by its official name (the Affordable Care Act) is like referring to the IRS as the Personal Property Protection Bureau… As they levy your bank account.

So, which experts are suggesting thousands of jobs created because of Obamacare? Nancy Pelosi? Remember when the San Francisco Democrat suggested that healthcare reform would create up to four million jobs? (Although, in all fairness, even she looked kinda surprised by her comments. But that might have just been how she normally looks…)

Pelosi: Obamacare Will Supply 400,000 Jobs Almost Immediately!

The truth is that we, strangely, don’t seem to have seen this influx of Obamacare job creation. In fact, we still have 1.2 million fewer people working today than we did when the recession began. Labor participation rates are hitting 35 year lows. And of the jobs that were created most were part time… This means they are not wealth building positions, and they offer no benefits. (By the way, health insurance is a benefit.)

So… We have people with dropped coverage, part time work, and higher premiums (which they are forced by law to purchase) in addition to 2.5 million more “free agents” being added to the unemployment rolls in future years. Wow… Liberal economic theory is certainly unorthodox.

And maybe these spin masters believe what they’re pitching to the cameras and voters; maybe they really think this is good news. After all, 2.5 million more people dependent on government because they were involuntarily propelled into “free agency” status might mean good news for future Democrat candidates. But still, it takes a special kind of perverse mind to think that redistributing wealth from workers, and spending it on the unemployed “free agents”, somehow builds prosperity. Sperling and Reid seem to be suggesting that job destruction is a good thing if it is accompanied by more wealth redistribution from those “unlucky” enough to be “locked into” a wealth-building career.

There used to be a time in this nation when both parties understood that job creation was the key to prosperity. A better wage, increased household wealth, and dependable employment is far more instrumental in building prosperity than government-created-dependency. I mean, heck, insurance is always affordable if you make more money… And, oddly enough, people tend to make more money when they are finding full time employment in times of economic growth.

But, then again, maybe “free agency” isn’t so bad… There are a handful of congressional Democrats who might find themselves labeled “free agents” later this year. And just like the 2.5 million workers who will be losing their jobs in future years, they can thank Obamacare.

PS: Here’s Reid explaining that the US income tax is “voluntary”… For some reason we put government warnings on cigarettes and alcohol, but not on politicians. Go figure.

Paying income tax in America is Voluntary


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 0bamacare; 0carenightmare; abortion; cbo; cboobamacarereport; cboreport; deathpanels; desparatespin; dingyharryreid; laborforce; nancypiglosi; obamacare; reid; zerocare

1 posted on 02/05/2014 12:47:35 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Citizen's of Nevada, if Unemployment is so god, then make Reid unemployed.
2 posted on 02/05/2014 12:50:10 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin

Harry Reid can feed us all! If he lives in the Ritz in DC, he has too much money. Time to correct that inequality.


3 posted on 02/05/2014 12:51:27 PM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Kaslin

Harry Reid is an idiot.


4 posted on 02/05/2014 12:51:42 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Kaslin

Those people will all be put to work building FEMA camps where we can send people to help them concentrate.


5 posted on 02/05/2014 12:51:59 PM PST by Darteaus94025 (Can't have a Liberal without a Lie)
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To: Kaslin

Newspeak is now the official language.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 12:53:12 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Bro!)
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To: SandRat

Why do we continue to pay taxes for no representation? We must be insane.


7 posted on 02/05/2014 12:53:33 PM PST by gunner03
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To: Kaslin

Hairy’s a bit old to be into postmodernist thought and the un-defining or re-defining of terms. But that is collectivism.


8 posted on 02/05/2014 12:54:22 PM PST by lurk
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To: Kaslin

this is the equivalent of Clinton’s, “you should put some ice on that”.....


9 posted on 02/05/2014 12:54:29 PM PST by GotMojo
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To: Kaslin

His argument would have much more weight if Reid and his cronies hadn’t gamed the system for the union bosses by severely restricting companies’ use of independent contractors.


10 posted on 02/05/2014 12:56:33 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Kaslin

LOL Liberal logic, your job was just “substandard” just like your healthcare, you losing your job, the Dems just did you a huge favor, just like you losing your health care..Dems know what is best for you, now be good boys and girls and bend over and take it


11 posted on 02/05/2014 12:57:12 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Kaslin
The CBO says ObamaCare will cause 2.5 million Americans to lose their jobs. And Barack Obama, Jay Carney and Harry Reid expect us to believe that's a good thing?

White House: It's A Good Thing That Obamacare Will Drive 2.5 Million Americans Out Of The Workforce

They are batshit insane.

12 posted on 02/05/2014 12:58:04 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Kaslin
That's the argument Nancy Pelosi offered as well: don't worry, unemployment is a good thing! Somewhere in DC there are spinmeisters advising very senior Democrat politicians that they can sell this line of malarkey. I'm sort of hoping that they and their clients are about to become "free agents" themselves.
13 posted on 02/05/2014 12:59:15 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Kaslin

like that Tim Tebow commercial?


14 posted on 02/05/2014 1:00:11 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

Time for Harry to experience some “free agency”....


15 posted on 02/05/2014 1:00:53 PM PST by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Kaslin

Lie of the year for 2013. If you like your insurance, you can keep it.

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I’m already predicting the 2014 Lie of the year will be. If you like your JOB, you can keep it.


16 posted on 02/05/2014 1:01:45 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Kaslin

Harry Reid is a lying, corrupt, ignorant,and self-serving piece of dung.


17 posted on 02/05/2014 1:03:01 PM PST by mulligan (I)
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To: Kaslin

I hope Harry is a free agent very soon.


18 posted on 02/05/2014 1:03:06 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (The only way women can "have it all" is if men aren't allowed to have anything.)
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To: Kaslin

10 million “leisure positions” created or saved.


19 posted on 02/05/2014 1:05:58 PM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Kaslin

This is sick. What kind of people have we become that we take cr*p like this from our govt?


20 posted on 02/05/2014 1:06:03 PM PST by punknpuss
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To: mulligan

So is any demonrat


21 posted on 02/05/2014 1:08:27 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Jim Robinson

And a liar


22 posted on 02/05/2014 1:09:19 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: SandRat

This is turning into bizarre world.


23 posted on 02/05/2014 1:16:27 PM PST by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: Kaslin

I think Reid threw his back out with that spin.

These people are pathetic.


24 posted on 02/05/2014 1:17:38 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Kaslin

Dingy says working less, earning less, is a good thing and his little sister, Nancy, says food stamps produce more revenue. Hand in hand, they’re promoting the basket that’s carrying our country down the road to hell.


25 posted on 02/05/2014 1:24:15 PM PST by lakecumberlandvet (Appeasement never works.)
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To: SandRat

And to think that Reid was eminently beatable...had the Stupid Party run the right challenger.


26 posted on 02/05/2014 1:25:35 PM PST by Salvey
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To: lakecumberlandvet

This is what is called liberal logic, and the ignorant have bought it hook line and sinker


27 posted on 02/05/2014 1:32:04 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Responsibility2nd
You said it, but the uniformed aka ignorant voters bought it hook line and sinker.

Earlier this morning one of the lunatics in Boston Tea Party chat claimed that this was proof that Global Warming existed and that CO2 was the cause of it. That idiot thought CBO and CO2 were the same thing

28 posted on 02/05/2014 1:41:59 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Wonder how Reid would feel about becoming a free agent.....


29 posted on 02/05/2014 1:43:50 PM PST by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: Kaslin

30 posted on 02/05/2014 1:44:32 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

What Tim Tebow commercial? I don’t pay much attention to commercials


31 posted on 02/05/2014 1:44:57 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: BigEdLB

Bump


32 posted on 02/05/2014 1:46:35 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Nevada voters need to fire this bass turd.


33 posted on 02/05/2014 1:48:11 PM PST by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: windsorknot

Sad thing is 20% of the country is going to blindly believe it. Another 30% is going to call it what it is and the remaining 50% will decide based on the last newscast they watched.


34 posted on 02/05/2014 1:58:41 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: SandRat

We tried, believe me. The Republican Party Establishment can take most of the blame for Reid getting back in office. They would not financially help the Tea Party opponent. That’s how much they hate the Tea Party.


35 posted on 02/05/2014 3:11:43 PM PST by lu shissler (ecause)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The CBO report on the millions of workers to be freed from their jobs in order to be unemployed by virtue of Obamacare, has proven what B. Hussein Obama has said many, many times over his First Five Year Plan: “My number one priority is jobs, Jobs, JOBS!”

Yeah, B. Hussein wanted FEWER jobs, but none the less he WAS thinking about jobs, Jobs, JOBS !


36 posted on 02/05/2014 3:40:42 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Kaslin

War=Peace
Slavery=Freedom
We’ve always been at war with (fill in the blank).

Orwell would be proud of his prophecies coming true.

So Harry, if unemployment is Freedom then it must equal Slavery according to left wing doublespeak.

So, ipso facto, Unemployment=Slavery!!

So America, GET A JOB AND BE TRULY FREE!


37 posted on 02/05/2014 3:52:06 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: Kaslin; NFHale; sickoflibs; GOPsterinMA; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; ...

The ultimate in orwell speak! You aren’t unemployed, you’re a free agent!!


38 posted on 02/05/2014 5:28:25 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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bkmk


39 posted on 02/05/2014 10:17:59 PM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: SandRat
Citizens of Nevada: if Harry thinks Unemployment is so good, then voters should make sure Reid is unemployed.

The Lib/Prog's twisted version of capitalism-----they call it being "economically incentivized! ” ROTFLOL.

Vote-crazed Democrats characterize the recent CBO bombshell report---that poor Americans will opt to work less and get paid less so that their Obamacare is free or near free w/ subsidies--- is lauded as a positive that gives Americans "options."

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The Madoff Playbook is required reading in the Boobamba WH. Remember when Sen Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) reported that the Boobamba con artists were planning to "aggregate the numbers" so employers could not evade Boobamba/Care law by having fewer employees?

"Aggregating The Numbers"----a con artist phrase if there ever was one. Like something Madoff told his investors as he was setting up tax-evading secret offshore accounts......money-laundering and wire-transferring stolen money into a labyrinth of assorted crooked entities.

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THE HEALTHCARE CON GAME UP CLOSE E-v-e-r-y lock-stepping Democrat voted for O/Care in a straight party-line vote--- nationalizing 1/6th of the US Economy into a Democrat Cash Cow. ALL the untraceable O/Care money from enrollments, fines, penalties, taxes, fees, and asset confiscation (from Medicaid users) goes to your "reliable, trustworthy government."

"LETS MAKE A DEAL, DEMOCRATS." Vote aye now.
When the zillions start rolling in, you get a piece of the action.

40 posted on 02/06/2014 7:01:27 AM PST by Liz
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