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Still not getting it – - Democratic Rep to introduce “Progressive” jobs bill

It might come as a surprise to some, but the bill Democrat Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL) plans to introduce as a jobs bill is long on borrowing money we don’t have and funneling that money through ineffective government programs.  Apparently they still don’t get it.

The member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus would spend $227 billion dollars and, best case, create 2.2 million jobs (or, again best case, a little over $108,000 a dollar a job).  Her plan reads like something from the Franklin Roosevelt administration:

Under her plan, the following policies would be implemented:

  • The School Improvement Corps would create 400,000 construction and 250,000 maintenance jobs by funding positions created by public school districts to do needed school rehabilitation improvements.
  • The Park Improvement Corps would create 100,000 jobs for youth between the ages of 16 and 25 through new funding to the Department of the Interior and the USDA Forest Service’s Public Lands Corps Act. Young people would work on conservation projects on public lands including the restoration and rehabilitation of natural, cultural, and historic resources.
  • The Student Jobs Corps would create 250,000 more part-time work study jobs for eligible college students through new funding for the Federal Work Study Program.
  • The Neighborhood Heroes Corps would hire 300,000 new teachers, 40,000 new police officers and 12,000 new firefighters.
  • The Health Corps would hire at least 40,000 health care providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and health care workers to expand access in underserved rural and urban areas.
  • The Child Care Corps would create 100,000 jobs in early childhood care and education through additional funding for Early Head Start.
  • The Community Corps would hire 750,000 individuals to do needed work in communities, including housing rehab, weatherization, recycling, and rural conservation.

Perusing the list, there’s absolutely no possible threat of waste, fraud and abuse, is there?  750,000 people hired to “work in the community” doing “recycling” and “rural conservation?”   “Weatherization”?  Nope, no chance of waste, fraud and abuse, none at all.

Of course, nowhere in there other than initially, is there any mechanism to fund the “jobs” created in the future.  They’d last as long as the $227 billion did and then the jobs would go away.   That would include the teachers, police officers and firefighters.  Those are simply in the plan to make it sound more acceptable.  If the localities who will get the teachers, police and firefighters funded by this boondoggle can’t afford to hire them now, chances are very good they won’t be able to keep them when the money runs out.

The jobs listed are also mostly make work jobs on make work projects that might be nice to have done, but aren’t going to contribute to the private economy (the actual engine of the economy) in any meaningful way.   Nothing is really “produced”, no wealth is created, no revenue – other than salaries – is taxable.

And finally, which health care providers is “Health Corps” going to hire?  There’s a shortage of health care providers in the private market.   Why in the world would they leave that to work for government in “underserved rural and urban areas?”

It is clear with Rep. Schakowsky’s proposal that the Progressive side of the aisle still don’t get it.   How much louder do the American people have to shout to be heard?

Cut spending.  Make government smaller.  Make government less costly.

Rep. Schakowsky and the Progressives are still stuck in the 20th century. We’re already living the Raw Deal thanks to spendthrifts like her.

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

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13 Responses to Still not getting it – - Democratic Rep to introduce “Progressive” jobs bill

  • Where do they plan to find 40,000 people with the qualifications and training to be cops?
     
    And what do they have for them to do, exactly, aside from writing traffic tickets to fund their own salaries?

  • Silly monkey, once this bill runs out, then we’ll just have to add them to the regular budget!  With a 15% increase in size every year, of course.  And then, when we don’t raise it by 15%, we can count it as a $42 Billion spending cut!

  • They want to have the GOP on record as voting no for “jobs”

    •   Shark,
        That is a reasonable supposition. Unfortunately, the program in question won’t ever get to a vote, because it won’t pass the sniff test. Aside from that, you could look at it two different ways. 1. They still don’t get it.  2. That they are giving us such fodder is a gift. How better for a Conservative challenger to illustrate what is wrong with the lib he/she is running against, than to point at their proposed solution and ask the voters who is getting their point and who is not?
      R/
      Gunwise

      • The Republicans could always attach a “business friendly” measure to the bill, as a “poison pill.”

    • This is one of those bills that never had a chance of passage, but looks good to cite during campaigns.
      It does leave to asking the question … “what part of too much spending don’t you understand ?”

  • Deja vu. Anyone remember CETA, the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973? Which was replaced by the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982. Which was replaced by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Which has been suplemented by other programs. And let’s not forget state and local programs.

  • Schakowsky is going in with Van Jones, so no surprises.  As conservative observers all note, this plan is nothing different than the dems have been offering up since the ’30s.  A CCC for the 21st century, as it were.*

    McQThe jobs listed are also mostly make work jobs on make work projects that might be nice to have done, but aren’t going to contribute to the private economy (the actual engine of the economy) in any meaningful way.   Nothing is really “produced”, no wealth is created, no revenue – other than salaries – is taxable.

    This is a major disconnect that the libs have: while a job (paycheck) is great for he who has it, some jobs are better than others for the economy, and some are an outright drag.  Jobs that produce something that people want and will pay for are good: they are probably self-sustaining and contribute to the overall economy.  Make-work jobs, on the other hand, are likely NOT self-sustaining and take from the overall economy.  What the dems are proposing is that we further bankrupt ourselves to give people make-work.  Hell, Schakowsky might as well plan to spend $227 billion to hire 2.2 million people to count the blades of grass in their local parks or to count the cars that go past on the street outside their houses.

    And $108,000 per job?  SERIOUSLY???  What the f*ck are these people smoking that makes them think that this is a good idea???  Why not just pick 2.2 million jobless Americans and give them each a check for $50k?  It would probably provide about the same amount of stimulus for less than half the cost.

    Jebus…

    McQPerusing the list, there’s absolutely no possible threat of waste, fraud and abuse, is there?  750,000 people hired to “work in the community” doing “recycling” and “rural conservation?”   “Weatherization”?  Nope, no chance of waste, fraud and abuse, none at all.


    Yeah, like all that stimulus money that got spent in Congressional districts that didn’t exist.  Funny how MiniTru didn’t follow up on that.  Why, it’s as if they were told not to ask questions lest they embarrass Captain Bullsh*t.

    / sarc

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    (*) My grandfather worked for the CCC, building roads and bridges in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park as a young man.  His recollection was a lot of hard manual labor, a tiny paycheck, and baloney sandwiches to eat.  Curt LeMay writes in his autobiography about helping run a CCC camp as a young Army Air Corps officer.  The men lived in tents and ate Army-style chow… and did a lot of hard manual labor.

    Can you imagine the screeching from the usual suspects if we tried that today?  “Uncle Sugar will give you a job.  You’ll be housed in dorms, barracks or perhaps even tents, eat in a chow hall, get your medical care from military doctors and dentists, and get paid minimum wage.  You’ll also learn the rudiments of a trade.  In return, you’ll spend eight or ten hours per day digging ditches, felling trees, hauling stone, spreading asphalt, clearing brush, laying brick, pouring concrete, installing wiring, laying pipe, or otherwise working your tail off.”

    “THAT’S SLAVERY!!!”

    Oh, even better: jobless people living in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California could have MONTHS of steady employment building walls, fences, berms and other obstacles along the border with Mexico.  I dare the GOP to propose THAT as a “jobs bill”!

    • You always wonder how many of those 100,000 jobs for youth between the ages of 16 and 25 will part-time with Obama 2012 or one of the related operations.

      • Even better: do we REALLY want large numbers of police officers feeling that their jobs and job security are due solely to Obama?

  • I think Milton Friedman observed something like, “Why not take away their shovels, and give them all spoons” WRT making work and the stupid use of human capital.
    Central Planning is grossly inefficient, and ultimately tyrannical.
    Open the now-regulation-choked markets of the U.S., and stand back.  This economy will roar back to life with a will.

  • There progressives won’t be satisfied until the US’s bond rating is “D”