On occasion, however, the threads of one story become entangled with
another in a manner that should deeply embarrass, if the media were
sharp enough to catch it.
This happened last week in response to the Congressional Budget
Office’s (CBO) bombshell report on how Obamacare incentives could reduce
the size of the labor force by more than two million workers by 2017.
While the report did not reflect the Republican spin (that the law will
cause employers to kill jobs – -it will, but for reasons not detailed in
the report), the reaction of the White House and congressional
Democrats set a new mark in rhetorical boldness. In the ultimate act of
making lemonade from lemons, they described the findings as unabashed
good news. But to do so, they had to contradict their previously
expressed views on unemployment insurance.
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