Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, writing on “The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Labor” (a thing that exists, apparently) is proud of what the Obama administration has, um, accomplished…
Without the Recovery Act, millions more would have fallen into poverty. Our efforts to expand unemployment insurance provided $167 billion in benefits to 17 million Americans. It’s the longest-lasting emergency unemployment program in American history. The Recovery Act provided incentives for states to expand UI coverage to part-time workers and new workers. This kept 3.2 million Americans from falling into poverty last year.
Um, it’s nice and all that the people who are getting unemployment checks aren’t starving out in the streets, but don’t you see any teensy little problems with bragging about the fact that you’ve actually had to implement “the longest-lasting emergency unemployment program in American history” while simultaneously talking about how awesome the Spendulus was? Like, I don’t know, that it might be an indication that the stuff you guys are doing hasn’t done jack shit to improve the economy? That a whole lot of people collecting unemployment indefinitely shouldn’t really be something to be happy about? Bueller?
I’m really not sure why I’m asking any of these questions since Solis begins her post by gushing about (and I’m not kidding here) LBJ’s “War on Poverty” programs. Yeah.