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    In the "Can't See The Forest For The Trees" department, new RNC chairman (and clearly a MENSA-level economic specialist) Michael Steele bemoans the Stimulus Bill as it stands now. Why? Because it cuts out aid to those who need it the most (really, how will extending COBRA benefits to those poor saps who have lost their jobs recently help--that's just pork!)? Surely, you jest.

    No, Steele objects to the Stimulus Bill because it doesn't offer jobs, it offers....wait for it...work. Say it with me now: WTF??

    STEELE: But you've got to look at the entire package. You've got to look at what's going to create sustainable jobs. What this administration is talking about is making work. It is creating work.

    STEPHANOPOULOS: But that's a job.

    STEELE: No, it's not a job. A job is something that -- that a business owner creates. It's going to be long term. What he's creating...

    STEPHANOPOULOS: So a job doesn't count if it's a government job? [..]

    STEELE: ... That is a contract. It ends at a certain point, George. You know that. These road projects that we're talking about have an end point.

    Okay, let me see if I follow this: we have historic unemployment levels not seen in decades and Steele thinks we shouldn't create jobs if they don't last forever...like in the private sector? Because those 600,000 layoffs last month alone and massive outsourcing in the private sector indicate such security for people...Steele continues this marvelous example of Republicanlogicspeak:

    STEELE: As a small-business owner, I'm looking to grow my business, expand my business. I want to reach further. I want to be international. I want to be national. It's a whole different perspective on how you create a job versus how you create work. And I'm -- either way, the bottom line is...
    STEPHANOPOULOS: I guess I don't really understand that distinction.
    STEELE: Well, the difference -- the distinction is this. If a government -- if you've got a government contract that is a fixed period of time, it goes away. The work may go away. That's -- there's no guarantee that that -- that there's going to be more work when you're done in that job.
    STEPHANOPOULOS: Yes, but we've seen millions and millions of jobs going away in the private sector just in the last year.
    STEELE: But they come -- yes, they -- and they come back, though, George. That's the point.

    They come back? Really?
    So, the answer for Steele is to not put money in people's pockets right now (money that generally goes right back into the economy for needs--unlike those tax cuts for the wealthy) and not employ them now, because the jobs may be gone in a few years? Not to mention the implicit idea that we are unable to walk and chew gum and that by providing "work" in the stimulus bill will keep us from helping small business owners at the same time.Crooks and Liars
    Ok, let me get this straight: work created by the government is not a job, so if you follow that argument to its logical conclusion members of Congress do not have jobs because there is no longterm stability in their work, many times it's a fixed term contract. I say fire all of Congress and use that money to create longterm jobs.

    Here's some video of the stupidity:

    [YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRhIrr-vmGk[/YOUTUBE]
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

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    I think he got job and career confused in his head...

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    I think his brain is broken. That's one of the dumbest arguments I've ever heard. It's not even worthy of Hasselback.
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    I'll let all the people who work for the government know.

    first on the list, THIS GUY.
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    More stupidity from the GOP.

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    People need to cut Uncle Tom...I mean Steele some slack. It's got to hard being both a token & just a figurehead at the same time, while spouting the GOP's talking points.

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    Maybe they put this idiot in as RNC chair so they pin the ruin of their party on the black dude, just like they want to pin the country's problems on Obama even though it was the Republicans who drove themselves and the nation into the ditch. It's like a drunk driver dragging the passenger into the driver's seat and fleeing the scene.

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    ^^Steele's just a placeholder and his tenure as RNC Chairman will only last for as long as Obama's president. When Obama goes, so does Steele.

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    My sister was freaking out that they should split the money per household instead of "building bridges because that won't fix anything".

    I tried telling her that will not help out in the long run since it doesn't creat jobs, it's just an extra allowence that people will piss away. She would not listen.

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    Sounds like they can save those millions they plan to spend on new government vehicles.

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    Ok, so he's taking a lesson from Sarah Palin's "Don't know what the fuck I'm talking about" book.

    And once again... criticize the stimulus plan being offered all you want, but back it up with your own fucking idea of a plan. Ugh.

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    I say give each American $2,600.00 and tell them they have to spend it.


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    ^^ I like that idea

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    They won't, they'll pay off bills.
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    It seems to me you can choose between paying people to be unemployed or paying them to build stuff that you need anyway. I really like the idea of using the money to transform industries (converting to a greener economy, for example) so that we are also preparing for the future.

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