The wages these jobs inject into the economy more than outweigh the impact of the payroll-tax increase and the sequester.
The Bush tax cuts and payroll-tax cuts will expire and automatic cuts kick in from the last failed debt-ceiling negotiations.
It's worth noting that the payroll-tax relief proposal is likely to prove extremely ineffective.
Patricia Murphy on why House Republicans are refusing to go along with the payroll-tax compromise.
Hundreds of thousands of other Americans—quite likely several million—also are ignoring or avoiding their payroll-tax obligations.
Such will be the case later this week when the Senate tries to vote on extending the payroll-tax holiday.
A few policies exist—the payroll-tax fight—and others, one hopes, will come.
Even Eric Cantor, whose party bobbled the issue before Christmas, had to clap when Obama called for extending the payroll-tax cut.