Thursday, August 11, 2011

Carney: Unemployment Benefits Could Create Up To 1 Million Jobs

This is hysterical. I wonder if being a total douchebag is part of the entrance exam to being the White House press secretary...

    Real Clear Politics -

    "I understand why extending unemployment insurance provides relief to people who need it, but how does that create jobs," Wall Street Journal's Laura Meckler asked Jay Carney at Wednesday's WH briefing.

    Carney responded: "Oh, uh, it is by, uh, I would expect a reporter from the Wall Street Journal would know this as part of the entrance exam."

    "There are few other ways that can directly put money into the economy than applying unemployment insurance," Carney said.

    Carney answers the question: "It is one of the most direct ways to infuse money directly into the economy because people who are unemployed and obviously aren't running a paycheck are going to spend the money that they get. They're not going to save it, they're going to spend it. And with unemployment insurance, that way, the money goes directly back into the economy, dollar for dollar virtually."

    "Every place that, that money is spent has added business and that creates growth and income for businesses that leads them to decisions about jobs, more hiring. So, there are few other ways that can directly put money into the economy than applying unemployment insurance, Carney said.

That's not economic growth, for the record. It's wealth redistribution. It creates nothing. Read it all.