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1 Sinistershade  Fri, May 18, 2012 10:42:55am

If the government did not create jobs, the following people would be hard-pressed to explain what they do all day and where their paychecks come from:

- My mother, who teaches at a community college
- My sister-in-law, a graphic designer at the UT Health Science Center
- My brother-in-law, who works on state vaccination programs
- My cousin, who teaches at a public elementary school
- Her husband, who spent decades flying jets for the US Marines
- My uncle, who was a physicist for NASA and the CIA and then taught mathematics at a state university
- My other uncle, who had a long career with the US Diplomatic Corps. (I suspect he may have been a spook)

Just one American family.

2 Romantic Heretic  Fri, May 18, 2012 10:57:22am

A government cannot create jobs. However through prudent economic policy such as tax and subsidy levels, R&D spending and public works it can shape the economy which then creates jobs. It isn't a creator, per se, but neither is the private sector. Both exist in and affect the economy. A healthy economy means more jobs, decently paying jobs come into existence. A sick one, the opposite.

But claiming that government or business creates or destroys jobs is pretty much looking at the wrong thing. Rather like thinking the papules (red, raised spots) of measles is the cause of measles.

3 Claire  Fri, May 18, 2012 1:17:14pm

For the economy to improve, jobs are going to have to be added. The only way to add more government jobs is to spend more tax money. More tax money will not be coming in unless private sector picks up makes more taxable profits and hires more tax paying employees. One follows the other.

Think how many individual tax payers it takes to support one government employee who isn't creating any additional wealth per se when doing their job. Government jobs aren't self-sustainable, they necessarily feed off the source revenue, which is privately generated.

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