Saturday, October 17, 2009

Daniels' Definition of "Job" Needs Clarification

In his 2008 State of the State address, Mitch Daniels repeated the popular Republican mantra:

"Government doesn't create jobs."

Question for the Governor. What do you call it then when you pay a wage to somebody who does labor for you?

I ask because you used $24 million in federal stimulus funds to create 1900 jobs for Hoosiers between 16 and 24 years old through the Young Hoosiers Conservation Corps, which is basically our version of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Your party HATES this kind of federal jobs program, Governor. Ask any of your presidential frontrunners. Ask Mike Pence. But we understand you had to do this. You got federal money, so you could ONLY use it for this, right? But, thankfully, it expires this week.

What's that? It worked so well that you decided to extend it another year?


Governor, since these Hoosiers obviously don't have "jobs," should they call your Department of Workforce Development about unemployment?


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