Quote of the Day: “Twenty thousand jobs is really not that many jobs” -Rep. Schakowsky

Posted by: ST on January 25, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Via The Hill:

Chicago Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) drew fire from Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) on Wednesday when she dismissed the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, suggesting the 20,000 jobs it could create were relatively insignificant in the scheme of the greater economy.

“Twenty thousand jobs is really not that many jobs, and investing in green technologies will produce that and more,” she said on Chicago’s WLS Radio Don Wade and Roma Show on Wednesday morning. “But I’ll tell you what, you know it seems to me that the Republicans would rather have an issue than a pipeline.”

Coats, a vocal proponent of the project, which would transport oil from Alberta, Canada, to America’s Gulf Coast, swiftly responded in a separate interview on the same show later on Wednesday morning, suggesting Schakowsky has spoken insensitively.

“Tell that to the 20,000 people that woke up this morning and didn’t have a job to go to,” said Coats. “ ‘Well, these don’t really matter’ — I mean, this not only is jobs, this is less dependence on Middle East oil.”

Big Government has the audio of the Chief Deputy Whip of House Democrats’ remarks.

Future campaign ad, anyone?


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12 Responses to “Quote of the Day: “Twenty thousand jobs is really not that many jobs” -Rep. Schakowsky”


  1. Phineas says:

    That just appalled me when I posted to Twitter about it today. “Red Jan” is one of the worst of the “progressives” on the Hill, a full-blown Socialist. I don’t know whether she really believes that garbage about “Green jobs” or is just blowing smoke, but she desperately needs to lose an election.

    Yeah, there had better be an ad or three about this, including comments from people who didn’t get those unimportant 20,000 jobs.

  2. Carlos says:

    Not only that, Phineas, but the “green” jobs will be mostly funded with taxpayer subsidies, they won’t be long-term jobs, and it’s just one more example of what the Democrats think of the average working Joe and the average working union laborer.

  3. Glenn Bergen says:

    Rep. Shakowsky, is she in the same Congressional District as Saul Alinsky? I’ve never tried Socialist Kool Aid, but then again, I don’t think I ever will. To be dismissive of 20,000 jobs is a real insult to the working men and women in the construction trades. I hope the unions get after her case when it’s her turn for campaign donations. Because the 20,000 union jobs on the pipeline, its estimated would create another 110,000 to 130,000 indirect jobs associated with the pipeline. What a Schlub; maybe we can stuff her into a Wacko-Mole Game.

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    Mark Twain said it best. “Principles only apply when you are well fed.”

  5. Kate says:

    I guess to be democratic in her district is to be unobservant of history and economics? Raising taxes creates jobs. The government creates jobs. Government spending doesn’t need to be controlled. You could go on, but they don’t see the forest for the trees.

    Good luck changing them….a whole generation will have to die off and the young folks have to wake up and smell the coffee or be holding the bag of debt forever.

  6. david foster says:

    It’s been said that “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 25, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative when you’re 40, you have no head.”

    Conservatives of the Schakowsky breed have neither heart *nor* head.

  7. david foster says:

    Schakowsky is one of my least-favorite people in the whole American political world. I see that Joel Pollak is going to be running against her…time to get out the checkbook.

  8. Carlos says:

    If each of those potential workers is receiving (conservatively) $150/wk in unemployment, that figures out to a paltry $6M a month, and she’s somewhat correct, that’s hardly a drop in the bucket for the federal budget.

    But what if each of those 20,000 was making (conservatively, again) $20/hr? And just working regular workweeks? The taxes from that alone would pay for Thuderthighs, Duh-1 and their kids and small group of 200 or so intimate friends a vacation a month, including his-and-her jets to fly in! And there’d be change left over for a brain transplant for Schakowski, too!

  9. Neo says:

    TransCanada Corp. may shorten the initial path for its rejected Keystone XL project, bringing oil from Montana’s Bakken Shale to refiners in the Gulf of Mexico and removing the need for federal approval. ‘There certainly is a potential opportunity to connect the Bakken to the Gulf Coast,’ Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president of energy and oil pipelines, said in a telephone interview today. ‘That is obviously something we’ll be looking into over the next few weeks.’ TransCanada’s $7 billion Keystone XL proposal to bring crude from Canada’s oil sands to the Gulf was rejected yesterday by the Obama administration. The project required U.S. approval because it crossed the border with Canada. The company may seek that approval after it builds the segment from Montana to the Gulf, Pourbaix said.

  10. Glenn Bergen says:

    Carlos, Your math is off ; $150/ wk x 4 = $2400 per month. But, that is coming straight out of federal/state treasuries. These pipeline jobs created by the private sector THAT pay taxes into the governmental coffers. By the by, when I was on the Alaska pipeline in 1974, the cooks and janitors were making $55-60K. The welders were making 6 digits. The Teamster’s union negotiated a contract that specified that a % of pipeline welders HAD to be Native American.
    So, our beloved rep Schakowsky from Chicago has not a clue about American business.