Art Linkletter used to have a feature on his radio show called “Kids Say the Darndest Things” — usually cute and funny.
When Harry Reid says the darndest things, they are seldom cute or funny or even comprehensible.
Take what he said in reply to the Congressional Budget Office projecting that the decline in hours worked due to ObamaCare would amount to the equivalent of 2.5 million full-time jobs by 2024.
According to Townhall.com, he commented:
“We have the CBO report, which rightfully says, that people shouldn’t have job lock. If they — we live in a country where there should be free agency. People can do what they want. And what they’re saying here is — and the fact checkers have already done this — the Republicans talk about losing millions of jobs simply isn’t true. It allows people to get out of a job they’re locked into, because of — they have healthcare in their job.”
So, don’t think of yourself as unemployed. Think of yourself as a free agent — with the emphasis on the free, as in no pay. Free to take that job as a greeter at Wal-Mart.
Here is what the CBO had to say about all those free agents:
“The reduction in CBO’s projections of hours worked represents a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers of about 2.0 million in 2017, rising to about 2.5 million in 2024. Although CBO projects that total employment (and compensation) will increase over the coming decade, that increase will be smaller than it would have been in the absence of the ACA. The decline in full-time-equivalent employment stemming from the ACA will consist of some people not being employed at all and other people working fewer hours; however, CBO has not tried to quantify those two components of the overall effect. The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses’ demand for labor, so it will appear almost entirely as a reduction in labor force participation and in hours worked relative to what would have occurred otherwise rather than as an increase in unemployment (that is, more workers seeking but not finding jobs) or underemployment (such as part-time workers who would prefer to work more hours per week).”
Meanwhile, Harry, who should have been made a free agent in 2010 but was saved by the unions who now don’t like ObamaCare either, is telling people that the Democrats will not “pay ransom” to increase the debt ceiling, according to ForexTV.com.
“Republicans are at it again,” Reid said, then asking, “Why don’t we skip the crisis this time?” and, “Let’s do the right thing and move on.”
But back in 2006, Harry had this darndest thing to say:
Harry protested increasing the debt to $9 trillion, but $17 trillion — no problem. Nothing to see here, move along.