Jesse Jackson, Jr. has been doing some serious thinking. He's decided that since the GOP is not in agreement with the President's economic plan (the Jobs Act) that our President should do something dramatic.
As a threshold issue, simply disagreeing on economic policy and refusing to vote one way on a bill is not "akin" to rebellion. It's just a disagreement. We have them all the time. Rebellions are done with weapons and seek to overthrow authority. The two things are not even in the same ballpark - they're not even the same sport.Jesse Jackson, Jr. told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that congressional opposition to the American Jobs Act is akin to the Confederate “states in rebellion.” Jackson called for full government employment of the 15 million unemployed and said that Obama should “declare a national emergency” and take “extra-constitutional” action “administratively” — without the approval of Congress — to tackle unemployment. “I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past,” Jackson said. “He’s looking administratively for ways to advance the causes of the American people, because this Congress is completely dysfunctional.”
“President Obama tends to idealize — and rightfully so — Abraham Lincoln, who looked at states in rebellion and he made a judgment that the government of the United States, while the states are in rebellion, still had an obligation to function,” Jackson told TheDC at his Capitol Hill office on Wednesday.
Ok, to make sure I understand this correctly, Jesse Jackson, Jr. is saying that Congress disagreeing with the President is the same as states attempting to secede from the Union? That's just stupid. Our government is functioning. Part of the system of the government is that people can't just force their ideas through...you know....checks and balances...that basic stuff we learned in Civics class. And now for the crowning stupidity:
“On several occasions now, we’ve seen … the Congress is in rebellion, determined, as Abraham Lincoln said, to wreck or ruin at all costs. I believe … in the direct hiring of 15 million unemployed Americans at $40,000 a head, some more than $40,000, some less than $40,000 — that’s a $600 billion stimulus. It could be a five-year program. For another $104 billion, we bailout all of the states … for another $100 billion, we bailout all of the cities,” he said.Several occasions? The Civil War was one time we had a rebellion. When exactly were the others? If you know of any, don't be shy...just shout it out. In any event, on with the stupid. So! We're going to "directly hire" (whatever that means) 15 million people and pay them about $40k each. Awesome. What exactly are we going to hire them to do? Do you just fill out an application? How many people who make less than $40k in some job are going to quit that job to become "unemployed" and eligible for this awesome new program? Maybe you even get some people who make the same amount, but are working harder for it than our government is going to make them work. What then?
Also, where is this $600 billion going to come from? I don't think we have a ton of money just laying around. And we're going to do this for five years? This is the dumbest idea I've ever heard. Really. Ever. Oh, and to top it all off, he's acknowledging that this is unconstitutional, but we should just do it anyway...because it's real important.
Jesse Jackson, Jr. should resign.