Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Hsieh PJM OpEd: Let's Model ObamaJobs After ObamaCare!

The 9/7/2011 edition of PajamasMedia has published my latest OpEd, "Let's Model ObamaJobs After ObamaCare!"

In this satirical piece, I discuss how President Obama could easily modify elements from his "universal" health plan to guarantee "universal" employment. Here's an excerpt:
1) Impose a "job mandate" requiring all companies with greater than 50 employees to add 10% new employees to their payrolls. So if a company currently has 50 employees, they would need to hire 5 new workers. If a company has 100 employees, they must hire 10 new workers, etc.

3) Of course, the government would have to closely specify what sorts of salaries, benefits, and job responsibilities must be included in any of these new government-created jobs, both within and outside the exchanges. We can't have those "millionaire and billionaire" employers exploiting their new employees. If a company needs, say, a Linux programmer, but the new worker has a "pre-existing condition" of not actually knowing Linux, the company should deal with it the best they can -- either by training him in Linux or finding him another job that he can do.

5) Of course, this idea of a "jobs mandate" is constitutional. Some old-fashioned pundits might mistakenly think that employers -- not the government -- should be free to decide whether and when to hire new workers, based on their own individual circumstances and requirements. But more enlightened scholars realize that "not hiring someone" is a form of "economic activity" that could affect commerce and economics across the country, especially when such individual "not hiring" decisions are considered in aggregate. Hence, by the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Congress has the authority to limit or outlaw this widespread practice of "not hiring someone."
(Read the full text of "Let's Model ObamaJobs After ObamaCare!".)