David Harsanyi

For instance, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis -- announcing the green effort on The Huffington Post -- claims that green jobs will increase American competitiveness by preparing workers for "a range of careers," including "weatherization specialists, wind and energy auditors, and solar panel installers."

Yep, that should do it.

One can forgive Solis for her absurdity, I suppose, as she never, from what I can tell, has held a paying position that wasn't footed by taxpayers -- a trend in this administration.

Now, despite this effort to mold the economy to ideological tastes by predetermining which industries should succeed and fail, real jobs will return one day -- and it will have nothing to do with any high-minded legislation that layers on more centralized economic control.

In the meantime, utilizing unemployment fears, this administration continues to pursue social policy through faux stimulus plans, funneling money into (SET ITAL) acceptable (END ITAL) sectors, no matter how inefficient, no matter how unviable, no matter how unsustainable.

What we've learned is that the Obama administration will do anything humanly possible to rescue the economy, as long as it doesn't relieve the pressure on the private sector. After all, this president explained last year that he believes "only government" can get us out of our troubles.

And that's our biggest problem now.


David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior editor at The Federalist and the author of "The People Have Spoken (and They Are Wrong): The Case Against Democracy." Follow him on Twitter @davidharsanyi.