In the clip below, Gary Oldman — as the villainous Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in the movie, The Fifth Element — explains what is essentially President Obama’s jobs plan. The glass in his metaphor is America’s economy.
Oh, Father, you’re so wrong. Let me explain. [closes office door, places an empty glass on desk] Life, which you so nobly serve, comes from destruction, disorder and chaos. Take this empty glass. Here it is, peaceful, serene, boring! But if it is…[Pushes glass off table and crashed.] destroyed! [robot cleaners move to clean broken glass] Look at all these little things. So busy now. Notice how each one is useful. What a lovely ballet ensues, so full of form and color. Now, think about all those people that created them. Technicians, engineers, hundreds of people who’ll be able to feed their children tonight so those children can grow up big and strong and have little teeny weeny children of their own, and so on and so forth. Thus, adding to the great chain… of life. [Desk prepares a glass of water and a bowl of fruit] You see, Father, by creating a little destruction, I’m actually encouraging life. In reality, you and I are in the same business. Cheers. [drinks water with cherry, only to choke on cherry stuck in throat.
In that movie, it’s clearly ridiculous when the scoundrel claims that destruction is somehow good because it gives people something to do. But unfortunately for America, that exact rationale is what is being peddled by President Obama and his administration.
Via Real Clear Politics, Obama Ag Secretary Vilsack: Food Stamps Are A “Stimulus”
Obama’s Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack: “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 foot 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.”
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says that Unemployment Benefits Could Create Up To 1 Million Jobs
“I understand why extending unemployment insurance provides relief to people who need it, but how does that create jobs,” Wall Street Journal’s Laura Meckler asked Jay Carney at Wednesday’s WH briefing.
Carney responded: “Oh, uh, it is by, uh, I would expect a reporter from the Wall Street Journal would know this as part of the entrance exam.”
“There are few other ways that can directly put money into the economy than applying unemployment insurance,” Carney said.
Carney answers the question: “It is one of the most direct ways to infuse money directly into the economy because people who are unemployed and obviously aren’t running a paycheck are going to spend the money that they get. They’re not going to save it, they’re going to spend it. And with unemployment insurance, that way, the money goes directly back into the economy, dollar for dollar virtually.”
“Every place that, that money is spent has added business and that creates growth and income for businesses that leads them to decisions about jobs, more hiring. So, there are few other ways that can directly put money into the economy than applying unemployment insurance, Carney said.
Carney says President Obama is pushing for unemployment benefits to be extended “as we continue to emerge from this recession.”
Carney also says this is only one item of a “variety of things to grow the economy and create jobs.”
“This is one thing that economists of all stripes agree will directly affect growth, a half-percentage point I believe, economists believe is the payroll tax cut,” Carney also said.
Carney estimates that unemployment benefits could create up to one million jobs. However, then he talks about how a possible natural disaster could hurt US economy as well as the global economy.
Amazing. Only in the Obama administration could poverty, joblessness, and dependence on government handouts equal “stimulus” for the economy!