The Illogical Logic Of The White House Continues, Or, “Only In Government Could Someone Say Something So Freakin’ Stupid And Keep Their Job”


Wow. Just wow. You may have seen the report that the “illustrious” (cough, cough) Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebellius, claimed that there had been NO jobs lost as a result of Obamacare. No, really, she made that claim on VIDEO, no less:

I don’t know to which “economists” she is referring, but she might actually want to talk to “economists” who have actually studied and worked in that field instead of the Mickey Mouse (no offense to Mickey) people to whom she must have been referring.

Or, perhaps she is unclear on the definition of “myth.” Or perhaps, she is just an idiot who could not possibly keep her job if she worked in the private sector with this kind of utter BS.

Bottom line is, she is wrong. She is as wrong as she can be. As I wrote recently in this post, Administration In “LaLa Land” Over New CBO Report *Open Thread*, the CBO was quite clear that Obamacare will cost MILLIONS of jobs. MILLIONS.

And, according to the Health Care industry, MANY jobs have already been lost. From the Daily Caller:

[…] 1. Job losses

“The tax has resulted in employment reductions of approximately 14,000 industry workers and forgone hiring of 19,000 workers. The total job impact of the tax on industry employment was approximately 33,000.”

“The impact of the tax on indirect employment would be approximately 132,000 jobs, for a total job loss due to the tax of as many as 165,000 jobs.”

“We have restructured our business, including significant layoffs…We have reduced service levels to customers. We will consider adding headcount if there is a repeal,” said one company surveyed in the report.

2. Shipping jobs overseas

“Adding offices and employment outside US (EU and Asia) in lieu of US jobs. Modest numbers today, but will increase in upcoming years,” according to one company surveyed.

3. Companies cutting back on research and development

“Almost one-third of respondents (30.6%) said they had reduced R&D as the result of the tax.”

“Almost 10 percent of respondents said they had relocated manufacturing outside of the U.S. or expanded manufacturing abroad rather than in the U.S. because of the tax.”

4. 75 percent of member companies cutting back on investments, canceling plans for new facilities, and having trouble raising capital

“Three-quarters of respondents said they had taken one or more of the following actions in response to the tax: deferred or cancelled capital investments; deferred or cancelled plans to open new facilities; reduced investment in start-up companies; found it more difficult to raise capital (among start-up companies); reduced or deferred increases in employee compensation.”

5. More job cuts to come

“58% of respondents said they would consider reducing employment if the device tax were not repealed.”

“50% said they would consider reducing R&D investment if the device tax were not repealed.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

That this woman still has her position, and such a HIGH position, when she has clearly ignorant, uninformed, duplicitous, and a flat our LIAR, is just astonishing.

But, wait – it gets worse. Also from inside the White House, we get THIS little “logical” gem from White House Adviser, Pete Schiliro:

[…] “You can’t say the Affordable Care Act has killed job growth,” Schiliro told an audience at a Kaiser Family Foundation presentation Wednesday. “In the 46 months since it passed, over 8 million jobs have been created… No one would say the Affordable Care Act created those jobs, but you can’t say the ACA has killed job growth.”

Schiliro’s comparison presumes that were Obamacare damaging at all, it would have stopped job growth entirely — including any recovery from the financial crisis in late 2008. […]

This kind of “logic” just makes my head hurt. Seriously. How can someone so obviously unclear on basic concepts say something so incredibly stupid and keep his job? Oh, right – he works for the Obama Administration. Ahem.

There was just a LITTLE pushback on Sciliro’s idiotic statement:

[…] The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the financial crash and resulting recession lost the U.S. economy 8.8 million jobs.

The Congressional Budget Office issued a report concluding that the equivalent of 2.3 million jobs would be lost because Obamacare’s structure incentivizes less work with more taxpayer subsidies.

Business leaders such as the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) estimate that the Health Insurance Tax will reduce employment by up to 262,000 jobs by 2022. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

But hey – why allow facts to influence opinion, right?

It is just disturbing to me that these are the people running the store. Seriously. These same people would not make it in the private sector for one week with this kind of total and absolute BS they are spewing.

Then again, this kind of BS is precisely what we have been getting from Obama’s minions about the whole CBO bombshell that people will lose their jobs. As you know, the Democrats, like Nancy Pelosi, are framing this as “freedom” from having to work, and being able to pursue their “passions” – at YOUR expense, of course. That is some logical leap, isn’t it?

Wow. All I can say is, I cannot wait for these people to find out what it is like in the real world. That day cannot come soon enough for me. How about you?

Consider this an Open Thread.


22 Responses to “The Illogical Logic Of The White House Continues, Or, “Only In Government Could Someone Say Something So Freakin’ Stupid And Keep Their Job””

  1. helenk3 Says:

    a good description of backtrack

  2. helenk3 Says:

    interesting article
    I want it MY way and nothing else matters

  3. helenk3 Says:

    Kiev truce collapses

  4. helenk3 Says:

    now this is a terrifying thought

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Yes, it is. And is very telling how far from the concept of our country Democrats have strayed…

  5. helenk3 Says:

    one state only 49 more to go

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It’s abt damn time the states started to stand up to the EPA. They have gone way too far under Obama…

      • justine1959 Says:

        My electric bill has gone from ~$40/month to <$220/month, and will increase again when EPA's goal of eliminating coal-burning power plants is achieved. I am pro-clean-burning coal, especially in a distressed economy. EPA might be a good idea, but, under Obummer, is completely absurd.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Holy cow, that is a STEEP increase. Obama said from early on in his candidacy that he was going to do just this with coal. Destroying coal companies and skyrocketing energy prices are one promise he seems to have kept.

  6. helenk3 Says:

    we’re having fun fun fun on OPM

  7. helenk3 Says:

    isn’t this just peachy

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      OHMYGOSH – are you KIDDING me with this??? WOW!!! I tell you, Clyburn is just sleazy. There have been frequent reports on his nepotism with his family benefiting from your tax dollars down here in SC. NOW I understand why this was supposed to start in Columbia, SC…

      Oh, and can I say how thankful I am that Rep. Sanford is now my Rep., and not Clyburn?? He is a snake in the grass…

    • justine1959 Says:

      And has anyone in the MSM condemned this action?

  8. helenk3 Says:

    if only they knew how to read something other then a menu at a expensive DC eatery

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Sigh. There is just simply no excuse for this kind of dereliction of duty on their part. The people who elected them should be ashamed and embarrassed for sending those buffoons to DC.

  9. helenk3 Says:

    this should shake things up a bit

  10. foxyladi14 Says:

    That will be interesting for sure Helen. 🙂

  11. sassyminor Says:

    Thanks for the coverage, Amy!
    Just to add to the complexity of healthcare, here’s part of an AP article.
    “For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They’re unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, struggling to cover rising medical costs and praying to reach Medicare age before a health crisis.”
    The article goes on to point out that 31% of enrollees in the ACA are ages 55 to 64, and that 46% of older jobseekers are among the long-term unemployed compared to less than 25% before the recession. This group hopes to benefit from the ACA.
    Our daughter had never been without health insurance from birth until her husband lost his job. After 13 months of unemployment, 3 months before new benefits began, and 8 months since her last exam, she had to repeat her mammogram and have an ultrasound and biopsy. We were quite stressed for over a month. I have also read comments of women whose husbands retire and go on Medicare, but they are younger and must find their own coverage. Since there is only one month difference in age between my husband and me, I never thought about so much of this.
    Certainly, for-profit healthcare has advanced medical treatments, but also rapidly escalated costs. A more incremental political approach would likely have been less disruptive, but at this point, I ‘ve lost patience with both political parties. Dr. Bill Frist was Majority Leader of the republican controlled Senate during the Bush presidency. Bush is still excoriated for his Medicare drug plan, but republicans were forewarned that democrats would continue pursuing government control of healthcare. I don’t have a solution, which means I have lots of company. Pass the aspirin!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks, Sassy.

      Very interesting information abt the ACA and older Americans. I knew they were signing up in bigger numbers, and this certainly confirms that.

      I can only imagine how stressed y’all have been for your daughter, and how stressed SHE has been. What a mess this is turning out to be (not that we didn’t see it coming).

      And I hear you – it is hard NOT to be frustrated with them both…

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