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They Actually Said It, Labor Secretary Edition: Extending Unemployment Checks “Saved Millions and Millions of Jobs”

It takes a rare type of individual to go on a national news program and spout off something as incredibly moronic as ‘paying people not to work, saves jobs’.

But Hilda Solis is just that individual.

Via Zero Hedge (h/t Gateway Pundit):

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…

Here is a partial transcript (video below):

Solis:  “All I can tell you is that we helped to provide, I think, some stop gaps.  And what I think about is those two million people that would have 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 that the President made, we saved millions and millions of jobs.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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