Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Exits The Ranks Of The Employed

And no, before the questions pile in, she was not fired, as poetic as that would be (nor was she replaced by a 65 year old, part-time worker as is the case with the vast majority of the US labor force). She quit, saying “decided to begin a new future, and return to the people and places I love” and that as the product of “a large Mexican-American family I never imagined that I would…serve in a president’s Cabinet.” From WaPo: “Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said in a letter to colleagues Wednesday she was stepping down from her post.” Of course, using the BLS’ own policies and “logic”, this means the unemployment rate just ticked even lower. We look forward to Hilda’s book due out in 6-12 months bashing, who else, Tim Geithner.

We will always miss Hilda’s brilliance and insight, exemplified best in the following post:

Hilda Solis: Paying People Not To Work Saved Millions Of Jobs

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis made her ubiquitous post-NFP appearance on CNBC this morning and spouted the usual propaganda. However, while discussing how wonderful the ATRA was, the seemingly slap-happy Solis noted how great the fact that emergency unemployment benefits were extended for millions of people was – and that thanks to that (and the magic of the Keynesian multiplier), millions of jobs were saved. So, to sum up, paying people not to work, saved millions and millions of jobs? Indeed America, indeed.

Must Watch from 3:00 onwards, she stumbles and shakes her head when pushed on the question of how many jobs we lost due to fiscal cliff uncertainty (no idea – none she believes) and then the money-shot on the unemployed and saving millions of small business jobs…

“By the movement that the President did [in ATRA negotiations] we saved millions of jobs”

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