Skip to comments.Harry Reid Says Unemployment is a Good Thing – It’s “Free Agency” (Liberal Logic)
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 governments 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. Ive posted the video at the end of this column. Of course, if you dont 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 Obamacares 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 shouldnt 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 theyre saying here is and the fact checkers have already done this the Republicans talk about losing millions of jobs simply isnt true. It allows people to get out of a job theyre 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?) wasnt 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 Im going to work a little less because we can get healthcare and Im going spend time raising my children And on the overall impact on what its going to mean for jobs, well, I think thats an incomplete number, because we know that with lower healthcare costs, were 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? Theyve 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, dont 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 theyre 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 isnt 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: Heres 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
Harry Reid can feed us all! If he lives in the Ritz in DC, he has too much money. Time to correct that inequality.
Harry Reid is an idiot.
Those people will all be put to work building FEMA camps where we can send people to help them concentrate.
Newspeak is now the official language.
Why do we continue to pay taxes for no representation? We must be insane.
Hairy’s a bit old to be into postmodernist thought and the un-defining or re-defining of terms. But that is collectivism.
this is the equivalent of Clinton’s, “you should put some ice on that”.....
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.
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
They are batshit insane.
like that Tim Tebow commercial?
Time for Harry to experience some “free agency”....
Lie of the year for 2013. If you like your insurance, you can keep it.
I’m already predicting the 2014 Lie of the year will be. If you like your JOB, you can keep it.
Harry Reid is a lying, corrupt, ignorant,and self-serving piece of dung.
I hope Harry is a free agent very soon.
10 million “leisure positions” created or saved.
This is sick. What kind of people have we become that we take cr*p like this from our govt?
So is any demonrat
And a liar
This is turning into bizarre world.
I think Reid threw his back out with that spin.
These people are pathetic.
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.
And to think that Reid was eminently beatable...had the Stupid Party run the right challenger.
This is what is called liberal logic, and the ignorant have 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
Wonder how Reid would feel about becoming a free agent.....
What Tim Tebow commercial? I don’t pay much attention to commercials
Nevada voters need to fire this bass turd.
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.
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.
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 !
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!
The ultimate in orwell speak! You aren’t unemployed, you’re a free agent!!
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."
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.
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.
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