And I'm sorry to say that this isn't a satirical story.
Though I know it's hard to tell sometimes.
What's the best way to get Americans back to work?
Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending.
My memory's a little fuzzy on this topic, but didn't we spend a trillion dollars on a "Stimulus" program to do that? And didn't the unemployment rate continue rising to its current 20% un- and underemployment level? Why, yes, I believe so.
"We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country... We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development."
Let me guess: they'll all be shovel-ready projects. Which will employ only unionized labor. Lucky guess, right?
Trumka didn't say specifically how much he would raise the gas tax, but mentioned he's shown the President a $256 billion plan to improve infrastructure. If every billion spent on infrastructure creates 35,000 jobs, as he claims, this package would create close to 9 million jobs over the next five years.
Schmuck -- didn't you learn the lingo? It's save or create close to 9 million jobs! C'mon, you know better than that!
Didn't those "two or three visits a week to the White House" teach you a thing?
Perhaps Trumka's arithmetic skills are part of Wisconsin's "new math" curriculum that lets the teachers collect boffo bucks when they're faking sick-days.