Liberal Economic Strategies

Tom Vilsack, Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture, has figured out how to get Americans back to work under BOcialism — get even more of us hooked on food stamps:

“Well, obviously, it’s putting people to work. Which is why we’re going to have some interesting things in the course of the forum this morning. Later this morning, we’re going have a press conference with Secretary Mavis and Secretary Chu to announce something that’s never happened in this country — something that we think is exciting in terms of job growth. I should point out, when you talk about the SNAP program or the food stamp program, you have to recognize that it’s also an economic stimulus. Every dollar of SNAP benefits generates $1.84 in the economy in terms of economic activity. If people are able to buy a little more in the grocery store, someone has to stock it, package it, shelve it, process it, ship it. All of those are jobs. It’s the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times.”

Funny, food stamp enrollment has shot up 50% under Comrade Obama; you would think unemployment would have gone down. Rather, it has gone up 25% since he took office, and it was spiking at the time. Could it be that paying people not to work doesn’t reduce unemployment after all?

Nah, the problem is that Big Government isn’t running a sufficiently massive deficit. Just ask MSNBC host Chris Hayes:

“What we need in the short term are much larger deficits than we have. I mean massive deficits in fact, to kind of boost the level of demand that we want to see.”

Could you imagine the havoc that would ensue if radicals devoted to this lunatic Keynesian ideology were given authoritarian control over the economy? If not, just pick up a newspaper.

Tom Milksop. They don’t come nuttier. Oh wait: they do.

On tips from G. Fox, Bob Roberts, and Shawn. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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