White House: “It’s a good thing people are leaving the workforce!”

February 6, 2012

That’s what they said.

No, really:

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explained that the number of people dropping out of the work force, which artificially depresses the unemployment rate, can be regarded as an “economic positive.”

“A lot of that is due to younger people getting more of an education, which is an economic positive,” Carney responded when asked what would happen when people “inevitably” raise the unemployment rating with their return to the work force. He also noted that “an aging population” going into retirement has contributed to the number of people dropping out of the work force.

Head, meet wall.

If people are staying in school longer, it’s because there are fewer and fewer jobs available on graduation, so they stay in school hoping for an eventual turnaround. Oh, and many of them accumulating debt in the process. Is that an “economic positive,” Jay?

But beyond that, people are dropping out of the work force not because they’ve decided to enjoy their “golden years, but because of discouragement, because they’ve been out of work so long, they don’t think they have a good chance of finding a decent job.

Honestly, this administration shovels the you-know-what so fast, you need hip-waders reading one of their press releases.


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via David Freddoso

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

“Leading from behind” in action

July 20, 2011

According to Mouth of Sauron Press Secretary Jay Carney, it’s some Zen thing wherein one leads by… doing nothing:

In response to a question about whether now would be a good time for the president to present his own debt ceiling budget plan, White House spokesman Jay Carney had this to say: “Leadership is not proposing a plan for the sake of having it voted up or down and likely voted down…”

Newsflash, O Press Flack: the President of the United States is the Chief Executive of the United States. It’s his job to “propose a plan” to deal with the nation’s problems.

Carney’s statement suggests an attitude of coming up with “something, anything,”  just to see how a vote would go. Maybe he’s thinking of the president’s 2011 budget proposal, which was such an farcical joke that the Senate rejected it 95-0.

Here’s a suggestion, Jay: Let the president come up with a thoughtful, realistic plan for dealing with the nation’s debt and deficit problems, and I guarantee you it will get serious consideration from Republicans. We don’t want “a plan for the sake of having a vote,” we want a real plan.

We want real leadership.

via Pirate’s Cove, which has video