Jesse Jackson, Jr. was interviewed by The Daily Callers’ Nicholas Ballasy, (who I keep reading as “Ballsy,” but that’s beside the point.) Jackson made some frank and troubling statements revealing a tyrannical side to Democrats they rarely reveal publicly and a certain degree of idiocy all too common:
Jackson called for full government employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should “declare a national emergency” and take “extra-constitutional” action “administratively” — without the approval of Congress — to tackle unemployment.
“President Obama tends to idealize — and rightfully so — Abraham Lincoln, who looked at states in rebellion and he made a judgment that the government of the United States, while the states are in rebellion, still had an obligation to function,” Jackson told TheDC at his Capitol Hill office on Wednesday.
“On several occasions now, we’ve seen … the Congress is in rebellion, determined, as Abraham Lincoln said, to wreck or ruin at all costs. I believe … in the direct hiring of 15 million unemployed Americans at $40,000 a head, some more than $40,000, some less than $40,000 — that’s a $600 billion stimulus. It could be a five-year program. For another $104 billion, we bailout all of the states … for another $100 billion, we bailout all of the cities,” he said.
What wasn’t in the Daily Caller’s post was what Jackson said about the $104 billion to the states. He said, “The problem within the states ends tomorrow for $104 billion.”
He’s either a complete idiot or, well, I got nothing. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together understands that throwing $104 billion at the states is not going to solve the problems in the states. The problems in the states doesn’t come from a lack of revenue, but for heavy financial obligations created by the federal government.
Entitlements like Medicare and Medicaid are not going to go away, therefore the financial obligations associated with them aren’t going anywhere either.
And let’s not forget his call for bypassing a rebellious Congress in order to spend all this money.
Declare a national emergency for unemployment so the same failed policies tried under FDR can fail under Obama? Freaking brilliant!
And if you listen closely to the list of things he rattles off in that video, that’s exactly what he’s suggesting. How well did that work? Let’s ask a member of FDR’s Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr:
“We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. . . . After eight years of this administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started . . . and an enormous debt to boot!”
Why would we want to do that again? Answer: iPads.
When someone thinks that iPads are costing people jobs, it’s clear they are in economic illiterate. If in the year 2011, the man is still willing to go on the floor of the Senate and preach the Luddite agenda, he can’t begin to imagine how he’s proposing action based on the fallacious “Broken Window” theory.
Jackson Jr. has no idea how economics work. He’s made that more than clear. This interview only reinforces that fact, plus shows how willing he is to use force to implement the liberal agenda.
If he had any power, he’d be dangerous.