Hilda Solis: Paying People Not To Work Saved Millions Of Jobs

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Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis made her ubiquitous post-NFP appearance on CNBC this morning and spouted the usual propaganda. However, while discussing how wonderful the ATRA was, the seemingly slap-happy Solis noted how great the fact that emergency unemployment benefits were extended for millions of people was - and that thanks to that (and the magic of the Keynesian multiplier), millions of jobs were saved. So, to sum up, paying people not to work, saved millions and millions of jobs? Indeed America, indeed.


Must Watch from 3:00 onwards, she stumbles and shakes her head when pushed on the question of how many jobs we lost due to fiscal cliff uncertainty (no idea - none she believes) and then the money-shot on the unemployed and saving millions of small business jobs...



"By the movement that the President did [in ATRA negotiations] we saved millions of jobs"

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Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:33 | 3122982 docj
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No, that's the best these bastards can do when there are hiring quotas that need to be filled.

Frankly, thank the gods for Affirmative Action - otherwise we might actually have a qualified, competent hack doing Hilda's job.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:09 | 3122835 Tortuga
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I opine that the lady is short millions of synapses; saving millions of neurons from work.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:30 | 3122961 koncaswatch
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This administration is full of characters that are either completely manipulated by the level of their stupidity or are  truley evil and devious; I can't tell the difference sometimes ( I could in the GWB years: devious and evil).

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:43 | 3123022 NotApplicable
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I'd say they're all trying to maintain their status in whatever club they belong to. As GWB himself stated, loyalty is the most important character trait to these people.

Suckup 101: Tow the line, reap the rewards. Cross the line, get tossed under the bus.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:09 | 3122836 km4
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She is Pathetic !

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 20:55 | 3124325 Yes We Can. But...
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To me, she seems rather ordinary, normal.  Not a manipulative freak along the lines of Obama, Axelrod, and the professional manipulators they usually trot out for the Sunday shows - the Stephanie Cutters, Lanny Davis's, etc.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:10 | 3122840 Nothing To See Here
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In a liberal/progressive fucked up mind, saving jobs is the end to be pursued no matter the cost or consequences. Don't ask why you work though, because it's obviously not to afford things and make a better living.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:11 | 3122844 azengrcat
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Millions of Chinese manufacturing jobs were saved that day

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:11 | 3122847 CharliePrince
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were doomed

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:12 | 3122856 CharliePrince
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what do we pay goldman to do ?

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:12 | 3122858 Clowns on Acid
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Code words of a 21st century facsist -"healing", "We still have to do more", "increase our capacity to produce items", "making bereaucratuc costs go away","we have to move Forward"

So...lets increase unemployment and unemployment payments...and that will increase more private sector jobs !

These people chracters straight out of an Alinsky movie script !


Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:14 | 3122870 bnbdnb
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Bullshit in, bullshit out.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:56 | 3123078 FoeHammer
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You can't explain that!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:17 | 3122874 SheepDog-One
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Well hell bitch, if it's so great then why not just pay EVERYONE in america not to work starting right now! Send every adult in america UE checks starting today then we'll REALLY save a shitload of jobs!

All with indexes within 5% or so of all time highs! It's a CELEBRATION, BITCHEZ!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:14 | 3122875 radfish
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Your wording was just a little off. Paying people not to work saved millions from jobs.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:15 | 3122877 bnbdnb
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If it saves jobs, then why not pay everyone unemployment, job or not?

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:15 | 3122883 HyperLazy
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She said so herself, FORWARD!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:19 | 3122907 Karlus
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It would be cool if everyone in the BHO admin finished their speeches and emails with "FORWARD" like "over and out"

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:15 | 3122884 Clayton Bigsby
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Why do they keep having this stupid fucking bitch on?  An if they are, why don't they have every mo-ron from the obullshit administration interviewed by Rick Santelli, who I'm sure would be quite happy to give them the foot-in-the-ass they most assuredly deserve?

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:22 | 3122921 Motorhead
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It's either her or Dick "Oy Vey" Bove'.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:16 | 3122890 Motorhead
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What a stupid kurva.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:17 | 3122893 realtick
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Getting The Shaft - The Black UNRATE Has Bottomed http://chartistfriendfrompittsburgh.blogspot.com/2013/01/getting-shaft-b...

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:46 | 3123034 NotApplicable
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Actually that's the orange UNRATE. The black one is still being too heavily massaged to tell.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:17 | 3122895 crawl
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She likely believes her propanganda as being the truth.  So sad.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:19 | 3122910 GMadScientist
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I don't think people bought that many guns, Hildie.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:21 | 3122918 notadouche
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"Renewabel energy jobs and things like that"  You mean like Solyndra?  

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:24 | 3122932 Blazed
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Welcome, welcome to zee Banana Republic.......cha-cha-cha!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:25 | 3122934 MillionDollarBoner_
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"Hilda Solis: Paying People Not To Work Saved Millions Of Jobs In China, Viet Nam, Thailand..."

There...fixed it fer y'all ;o)


Edit: Crap...I forgot all the jobs in DC and on Wall Street... ;o)

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:25 | 3122940 PTDBDucks
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$2 generated for every $ payed out to unemployed

Did I understand that correctly? That seems to a wiining formula, so why try to  lower unemployment?

Has Mad Cow infected everyone that's not surfing? Party on Big 0.

Let's talk about something rational...the trillion dollar coins. Just think of all the vacations that could be taken then!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:30 | 3122970 bnbdnb
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Exactly. The perfect stimulus would be to pay EVERYONE unemployment, regardless of whether or not they have a job.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:47 | 3123041 NotApplicable
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In other words, give everyone a government "job."

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:58 | 3123455 lakecity55
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And so, NA, we arrive at their End Game:

Forward, Soviet!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:52 | 3123036 madcows
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this is how a liberal does math:

the unemployed man got a dollar from the government for not working.  He bought a donut from the baker for a dollar.  The baker turned around and bought a dollar's worth of flour from the farmer.  Shazzam!  1 dollar magically turned into 2 dollars, one for the baker and one for the farmer.


Here's how conservative sees it:

The unemployed man got a dollar from the government for not working.  The Government borrowed the dollar from the Chinese.  That's negative one dollar.  The hungry unemployed man pays a dollar to the baker for a donut.  The baker gives half to the government and half to farmer for flour.  And, thats not enough flour for the donut, so he borrows a dollar from the banker.  That's another negative dollar. The farmer uses the baker's dollar to buy seed and borrows another dollar to maintain his equipment.  The banker has to pay off his politician buddies for favorable legislation.  So he gives the 2 dollars worth of interest he's getting from the baker and farmer to the local senator who then blows it on more unemployment benefits.  But, the banker funds don't cover the votes he's buying, er, unemployment insurance, so he borrows another dollar from the Chinese.

In the end, it's 2 dollars debt to the chinese....

a dollar's debt for the baker...

a dollar's debt for the farmer...

a free donut for the unemployed guy...

no prosecution for the unscrupulous banker...

and another 6 year's for the useless senator.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:33 | 3123298 Titus Flavius C...
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Well done.

This is really good. Wish you'd consider posting it on Krugman's blog.

I'd like to see how his disciples react.

My argument is often that economists are most gifted at obfuscating simple truths - like math.

I'm pretty sure, for example, that social security now adds to the debt, certainly ultimately. Krugman and Reich disagree because they seem to think that an "asset" on one part of the government's books remains so even though the cash to pay it must come from another part of the government, which must get it from the taxpayer.

But the Left truly refuses to see this.

*Why* they refuse to see this, I think, is that they view any criticism as an attack on their cherished social policy goal of preserving the entitlemen status quo at literally all costs. Therefore, if you claim it's insolvent an ponzi, it's not because that's what the logic and the basic, honest accounting would tell you, it's because you really just hate the old and the poor.

A similar trick happens on the right...

You don't really object to Israel bombing kids and killing hundreds to 'defend' itself against bottle rockets, themselves generally lobbed in reaction to Israeli jets and tanks attacking the territory it illegally occupies - see, you just hate the Jews.

Which is a great way to prevent debate and make it harder to solve problems in a reasonable, moderate way.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:25 | 3122944 q99x2
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It'd work better if you give them a raise this year.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:27 | 3122949 glenlloyd
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It's decades of this kind of thinking that have brought us to this place...unchecked idiots who've weaseled their way into positions of power.

Unfortunately we really only have ourselves to blame for this, we allowed it to happen

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:32 | 3122979 madcows
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You are powerless against it.  You can kick and scream, hoot and holler.  That won't do anything.  It's too big, too removed from repercussions.  They are appointed political hacks.  You have no ability to replace them.  They have assumed all power and abandoned all responsiblity.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:52 | 3123057 NotApplicable
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That's always what happens when they relocate to the capital city. Keep 'em, home where they can't get into trouble. And by home, I do mean home. They want people to boss around, well they can make as many kids as they can convince their spouse they need.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:27 | 3122951 Titus Flavius C...
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The important lesson here is that I'm going to fantasize about this reporter as a stocking-clad but stern school teacher, and I'm her student, and she's going to teach me a lesson - hopefully pertaining to sexy times, and not to economics or logic.


Seriously - Hilda Solis being clueless is not news, just as Paul Krugman and his disciples being unwilling to honestly assess contrary evidence isn't news.


What is news is that this feisty Asian reporter is probably into crazy shit you'd definitely do but never talk about - you know, strap ons, diapers, cock and ball torture, dressing up as a fuzzy bunny, lactation discipline, reinacting the Battle of Hastings... 


and you'd love every minute of it, you squalid, filthy cunts.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:37 | 3122993 Karlus
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Please continue...would she bring a friend to the party?

Sat, 01/05/2013 - 03:17 | 3124780 Manic by Proxy
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Please don't stop now! It was starting to get exciting.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:28 | 3122956 madcows
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Either she is spewing propaganda, or more likely, she believes the lies she is telling is actually the truth.  Liberals are born with mental retardation.  They don't have the part of the brain that understands that borrowing and spending does not imply wealth.... or that unemployment is not employment... it makes me cry.  These are the people in charge of the Country.  All is lost.  Time to research "How to be a Prepper".

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:28 | 3122958 foodstampbarry
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The affirmative action admin.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:49 | 3123042 Getting Old Sucks
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Nah, not so.  Joe Biden disproves that theory :-)

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:30 | 3122968 Yen Cross
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 Put that bitch back on her unicorn, and point her towards MSNBC with a few grenades in her saddlebags... What an imbecile!

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:30 | 3122969 1835jackson
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Quite disgusting. For shame.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:34 | 3122986 Drachma
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Forget what she says, look to her countenance; Non-stop blinking, tense brow ridge, etc. The rest is script.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:37 | 3122992 Ricky Bobby
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I am sorry to inform you that the Ministry of Truth has ruled you may not criticize comrade Solis for her statements. She has been selected for her racial and gender identity, therefore she is deemed infallible by the state. Any further criticism will be considered a terrorist threat. In addition hate crime sanctions could also be applied.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 17:16 | 3123820 mercenaryomics
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"Release the drones."

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 14:48 | 3122994 Dr. Engali
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I don't know what is harder to watch, her stupid ass stumbling commentary or the idiots posing the "questions". It's like seeing a gaping wound....you don't want to look because it's extremely painful,but you can't take your eyes away.

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