It's getting to the point where we should probably begin every story about what they're doing in Washington with the disclaimer, "No this isn't a joke. We're not kidding. They really are considering this."
Senate Democrats crafting a job creation bill are considering a proposal to give money to workers who cut their hours in order to avoid layoffs.
A bill sponsored by Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) would give unemployment compensation to employees who accept a reduced work schedule to allow their companies to avert layoffs or to hire more employees. Reed's proposal for work-sharing was mentioned during the Senate Democrats' lunch Tuesday, when Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) announced that an initiative focusing on jobs would soon be a priority, Reed's office said.
The government paying people to work less so companies will hire more people -- what could possibly go wrong? Hey, I have an idea. Let's call it the "three workers to watch while one worker fills the pothole" act. As NR points out, this idea didn't exactly work as planned when it was tried in France.