File this one under "bizarre." According to the Daily Caller, on Wednesday, Illinois Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson compared congressional opposition to President Barack Obama's "American Jobs Act" to the Confederate "states in rebellion." But this isn't the most offsetting portion of Jackson's commentary, which will likely cause a "fair share" of shock and awe.
In addition to making this oddball comparison, Jackson said that the government should directly employ the 15 million people who are currently without work. The controversial representative said that the president should "declare a national emergency" and take "extraordinary constitutional" action "administratively," the Daily Caller reports. This, of course, may mean that Congress wouldn't really be involved in the process.
Interestingly, the Blaze brought you video yesterday from the president in which he said, "We're not going to wait for Congress." It seems Obama and Jackson may be in agreement. Watch this president address this issue, below:
Here are Jackson's comments:
“I hope the president continues to exercise extraordinary constitutional means, based on the history of Congresses that have been in rebellion in the past. 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."
And if this seems too quirky to be true, his statements were actually caught on camera. Watch Jackson address these issues, below:
Jackson went on, as stated, to say that he believes in the "direct hiring" of unemployed Americans. But don't worry, as he has already figured out a price tag in terms of pay for each individual. For the 15 million people in need of work he says the government should offer, "...$40,000 a head, some more than $40,000, some less than $40,000."
Jackson says that this would constitute a $600 billion stimulus. What he doesn't address is the fact that this would be a $600 billion "investment" per year until jobs in other sectors become available for these unemployed individuals.
In sum, Jackson proposes $804 billion in stimulus funds, with $104 billion going to states and $100 billion going to cities. While he claims that he supports President Obama's jobs plan, he says America needs something larger that meets "the size and scope of the problem."
With the president's jobs bill already defeated in its current form in the Democratic-controlled Senate, there's no telling what the future holds. But considering the variety of opinion on past stimulus funds, a program as large as the one Jackson is proposing is unlikely to find success.
(H/T: The Daily Caller)