It has become an all too familiar tactic. It worked in Korea, then in Vietnam, then Iraq, and is now a work-in-process in Afghanistan. We didn't win, but we didn't want to admit defeat. So we just said we won, and went home. Worked before, why not try it again -- right here at home?
This time the battlefield is unemployment. The President promised that if elected, the rate of unemployment would never go above 8%. It did; and it did it again; and again. What to do? Change the way of measuring it. Don't count all the unemployed. Don't count the ones who have given up looking. Naturally, if you don't count all of them, then the number you do count goes down, and so will the unemployment percentage.
However, as the actual number of the unemployed kept climbing, and the percentage kept dropping. Even the minions in the mainstream media finally had difficulty explaining the obvious contradiction of this smoke and mirrors type of accounting. It became laughable. Again, what do to? Just declare victory, of course, and move on to more pleasant topics, like the Winter Olympics, for instance.
Last week the "non-partisan" Office of Management and Budget (OMB) predicted that the employment disincentives of Obamacare would eliminate another 2.5 million full-time jobs by the year 2024. So how do you put lipstick on that pig? Make unemployment desirable, instead of a drag on the economic health of the nation.
Senator Chuck Schumer, (D-NY) speaking of the benefits of not working, stated, "What CBO said is many American workers would have freedom. Now that's a good word. Freedom to do things that they couldn't do. The single mom who's raising three kids, who has to keep the job because of healthcare, can now spend some time raising those kids. That's a family value. The student, 27 years old, wants to finish school quickly so he can get a great job. Can't because he needs health care; is now free."
Schumer's comments echo those of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who back in September 2013 said that the end of the 40 hour work week "a liberation, this is life, healthy life, liberty, the freedom to pursue your happiness."
"Full-time jobs? Who needs that? With 'free' health care, Americans will also be free to dump the daily grind of a steady job with benefits, and finally write that opera they've always wanted to compose. Obamacare is liberating!" declared The New York Times.
White House spokesperson Jay Carney says, "[The] opportunity created by affordable, quality health insurance allows families in America to make a decision about how they will work, or if they will work."
The White House logic is this: Under the terms of Obamacare, the less you work, the less you make, and the more government subsidies you receive. Less work more subsidy. More work, less subsidy. Figure it right, and the take home pay is the same, or better, and with benefits!
So there you have it. Presumably, most of us would rather not get up and go to work in the mornings if we could depend upon some dumb schlub who does go to work to feed and clothe us. And that is the plan. Only problem is, will there be enough dumb schlubs left to support those lazy schlubs who would rather go "write an opera," as the New York Times suggests? Who knows, but for the moment, let's just declare a political victory and go home.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook, Google Plus, & Twitter. You can also get Freedom Outpost delivered to your Amazon Kindle device here.