Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Less Employment Is More

Now, according to the federal government Newspeak, unemployment is an advantage


In February 2014, the CBO released a study showing that ObamaCare will result in the loss of the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs. In response, the Administration explained this was a fantastic benefit for the American people. 

Under Obamacare, "individuals will be empowered to make choices about their own lives and livelihoods, like retiring on time rather than working into their elderly years or choosing to spend more time with their families,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid explains that ObamaCare reduces "job lock."

Senator Chuck Schumer, D-NY, explained the benefits of job loss: "The single mom who is raising three kids [who] has to keep a job because of health care can now spend some time raising those kids. That's a family value."

Nancy Pelosi described the advantages of taxpayers subsidizing the unemployed this way: "We want people to have the freedom to be a writer, to be a photographer, to make music, to paint, to start a business, to unleash the entrepreneurship of America." 

Or, as Steve Forbes put it, 


Forbes invoked Orwell directly in his headline:

Obama's Corruption of the English Language Comes Right From Orwell's "1984"


The late, famed English author of 1984 and Animal Farm would be astonished that the 1984 phenomenon of Newspeak–freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength–is thriving today, not only in authoritarian/totalitarian regimes, which is what he expected, but also in the world’s leading democracy, the U.S.
Politicians are always trying to put the best face on unpleasant occurrences–what we call spin. But nothing comes close to the White House response to a study from the Congressional Budget Office that by 2024 ObamaCare will cost the economy the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs.
Hallelujah!, proclaimed White House mouthpiece Jay Carney. This is great news because it means people won’t be in jobs they don’t really like. Now they can dream of better things and, possessing health insurance that’s being paid for by working taxpayers, can search for something better without having to worry about access to medical care.

No wonder President Obama is so proud of his record. He's managed to reduce the unemployment rate by getting people to stop even looking for work. The labor force participation rate is at 63.2%, the lowest level since 1978. That means that the percentage of people working in the United States is the lowest it has been in 35 years--since Jimmy Carter was President. And many of those employed have low-wage and part-time jobs.

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