Obama’s Labor Secretary: Expanded Unemployment Benefits Have Saved Jobs


According to Obama administration Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, America’s job picture would be worse off if it weren’t for expanded unemployment benefits. Because all that government stimulates the economy, you guys.

We helped to provide, I think, some stop-gaps, and what I think about is, those two million people who would’ve lost their unemployment insurance — because think about it, all that money that goes out in terms of what’s being spent by that unemployment check, helps to generate two additional dollars back in the community so small businesses, everyone continues to keep their jobs, so, I can’t give you an exact figure but I’ll tell you that just by the movement the president made, we saved millions and millions of jobs.

Just so we’re clear, Secretary Solis is arguing that an entitlement paid for by taxes on businesses has a stimulus impact on the economy. Which might be true, if we just pretend that the money for unemployment benefits magically appears out of thin air instead of being taken out of the private sector in the first place.

As it is, Solis may as well be arguing that you can fill a swimming pool by taking water out of one end and pouring it back in the other.

But hey, these are the same group of people who think food stamps stimulate the economy.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Spartacus

    This raises one of two questions. Does the government believe people are stupid or are those in government really that stupid? I think the answer is yes and yes.

    • http://sayanything.flywheelsites.com Rob

      I don’t think people like Solis really believe this. I don’t think they’re stupid. I think they’re dishonest.

      • Bat One

        You’re probably right. But on the other hand, there are more than enough people in this country who ARE stupid enough to believe it, and they’ve given the Obama regime another 4 years to keep playing on their stupidity.

        • yy4u2

          Where’s woof and crackheadbob and borb and on and on and on when we really need them to back up your true statement.

      • Spartacus

        Perhaps you’re right, I don’t know. But if you’re correct in your very kind analysis of Hildegard Hamhocker and people like her then my bet is that they’ve invested so heavily in their dishonesty (more correctly, Lies) that they not only believe it themselves but also believe we the people are stupid enough to believe in them when they say it. Which then confirms the first question and by default confirms the second.

    • $16179444

      well Hanni IS a prime example of stupidity.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    So she is telling us that they are saving jobs for people who haven’t been laid off by offering unemployment to those who have been laid off??? Or is she saying that the situation would be alot worse if we didn’t have a safety net? Well duh. How about you Democrats just stop killing business growth with all your stupid policies.