Headline courtesy of Peter Schickele, who was talking of the reaction by Robert Schumann (whose review of a young Chopin’s music included the infamous “Hats off, gentlemen: A genius“) upon hearing the music of P.D.Q. Bach.

Last night White House senior adviser Valerie “Crony Capitalism Forever” Jarrett spoke at North Carolina Central University, where she offered some strange economics: unemployment checks stimulate the economy:

“Even though we had a terrible economic crisis three years ago, throughout our country many people were suffering before the last three years, particularly in the black community,” Jarrett said. “And so we need to make sure that we continue to support that important safety net. It not only is good for the family, but it’s good for the economy. People who receive that unemployment check go out and spend it and help stimulate the economy, so that’s healthy as well.”

Apparently Jarrett believes that the more people receive unemployment checks, the healthier the economy gets. And this person is our president’s most trusted adviser.