By Rick Manning || Unemployment numbers from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics took center stage last week as economic movers and shakers moved hundreds of millions of dollars in capital assets based upon the report.

This is business as usual.

In related news, the Congressional Budget Office found that Obamacare’s implementation will lead to 2.3 million Americans leaving the workforce in the years ahead for a variety of reasons.

The Obama Administration’s reaction to the report is the real economic story of the week and perhaps of the entire five years of this presidency.  Rather than chagrin,  Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, argued that this is a good thing, and the Administration is touting the report as showing that the deservedly maligned health care law is helping people work less due to being unburdened by concerns over health care.

Yes, believe it or not, Team Obama truly believes that people deciding that they would be better off relying upon the government for their sustenance rather than self-sufficiency is viewed as a good thing for our nation’s economic well-being.

This underlying philosophical framework explains how the Obama appointees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture justified spending taxpayer dollars to convince working Americans to enroll in the food stamp program.  After all if McDonalds can tout billions and billions served, why can’t the Obama Administration celebrate having sixteen million more people enrolled in the Food Stamp program than when he took office?

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Rick Manning is communications director of Americans for Limited Government. This column – which originally appeared on – is reprinted with permission.