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February 4, 2014 - 1:01 pm
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When Sperling kept quoting the statistic of 8.1 million jobs added in 45 months, Blitzer reminded him that Obamacare didn’t take effect until Oct. 1.

“You could sit there and say that before Social Security happened, somebody would say, oh, people are going to work less hours, because they can retire. Or if you don’t allow child labor, there will be less hours worked, because people are going to school,” Sperling responded.

“These are the types of things that in an advanced economy give people more options and choice. They don’t cost jobs. They give people more options and choice to live their lives as they have. When you have two parents and they’re both working full-time to provide health care, and they don’t feel they’re there to do homework with their kids, and this allows one of the kids to work a little less because they have health care, that’s not costing jobs. That’s giving typical hard-working American families more choices and more options. And that’s a positive thing.”

Said Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) today: “I am growing increasingly alarmed at the Democrats’ refusal to not only discuss solutions to fix this calamity, but also by their denial that a problem even exists with Obamacare at all.”

The CBO report primarily looked at how employers would respond to the penalty for not offering health insurance to employees working more than 30 hours per week. Businesses could respond by cutting people’s hours, hiring fewer workers and offering lower wages to incoming workers.

“The Budget Office does not see unemployment falling below 6% for the rest of President Obama’s term. Six percent for the remainder of his term,” said Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas). “Yet despite all of this, the President still won’t get behind genuine pro-growth reforms, he won’t support genuine reforms of our existing programs like Medicare and Social Security that would actually save them and put them on a fiscally sustainable path. He has no plan for controlling our national debt.”

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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It's official - Harry Reid and Reality have parted ways for good. Reports are that the separation is amicable, as neither one wants anything to do with the other.
37 weeks ago
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For the umpteenth time, 1984 was not meant to be an instruction manual.
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Obamacare just might make Reid a "free agent".
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In the future there will be a free agent report instead of unemployment statistics so joblessness will be spinning itself, upbeat and sporty.
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When I first started hearing the liberal spin that unemployment = freedom I thought liberals had lost their minds. Then I realized that they really do believe what they say. Marcuse would be so proud.
37 weeks ago
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Losing your job or having your hours cut is pro family values, who knew?

Michelle O must be proud, her "Let's Move" campaign is the real winner. You see, kids and adults will lose weight because their food intake will be going down at home. Also, with the help of the EPA, kids and adults will avoid weight gain in the winter because people will be moving around in their homes to stay warm since they won't be able to afford the cost of heating their dwelling space.

We all need to start a new campaign, start calling "spin" what it really is, LIES.
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Chris van Hollen said that, due to ObamaScam saving so much in health insurance, people would choose to work less. Work less when the new normal work week is less than 30 hours? Ouwe!
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Now I know why the unemployment numbers are getting lower—they don't count free agents.
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I couldn't believe that the Obamacare spin doctor said it would allow people that work 65 hours a week to be able to afford healthcare to work a little less.

Other than the self-employed, who works 65 hours a week, especially to be able to afford healthcare?

The idiot overlooks the fact that nothing else is being lowered or subsidized; rent or mortgage payment, car insurance or car payments, the cost of gas, food, clothes, etc. Working less is not an option just because you're saving on healthcare.
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He probably has never had to worry the little details like the rent, car payments and the like in years.
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Head CBO guy Douglas Elmendorf testified this morning in front of Paul Ryan's House budget committee as to how all those subsidies in Obamacare function as a DISINCENTIVE to work.

Another disincentive to work, along with extensions in unemployment insurance and big explosions in food stamps and disability applicants.

A return to slavery in sucking the teat of the federal government.
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Obama and Reid are getting exactly what they wanted ... chaos and increased numbers of dependents that are scared poopless about the future.
Soon ... we'll be hearing the single-payer chorus get started and Obama stepping up to the plate to be the nation's pseudo-savior.
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Gene Sperling is apparently David Axelrod's replacement when it comes to serving as Obama's point man for blabbermouth spin.

That such crapola is given any credence at all and even repeated is, in and of itself, testament to how deeply stupidity has taken root.
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>>“And on the overall impact on what it’s going to mean for jobs, well, I think that’s an incomplete number, because we know that with lower healthcare costs, we’re going to have more productivity, some experts predicting hundreds of thousands of more jobs due to that,” he added.
What the hell are these people smoking? Some expert say unicorns are going to start pooping out Pegasus.
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