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Job Growth Is Stalled: Can Politicians Fix The Problem?
Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2013 | Austin Hill

Posted on 01/12/2014 6:43:40 AM PST by Kaslin

The economy is sluggish and job creation is almost non –existent. That means it’s time for politicians and government bureaucrats to control yet even more of our money – right?

If you really believe that government is the entity from whom all blessings flow, and if you really believe that politicians and government bureaucrats do better things with your money than you do, then yes – it’s time for more government control of our economy.

That’s what President Obama was calling for last week in his speech about “income inequality,” the buzz phrase of choice for 2014 among those who believe, as he does, that politicians can and do spend our money better than “ordinary” citizens. And with the President having established the phrase, its now up to like-minded liberals in the worlds of academia, media, entertainment and government to repeat that phrase incessantly between now and November’s elections.

That’s why it was no surprise to see University of California – Berkley Professor and former presidential advisor Robert Reich combine the President’s “income inequality” phrase with the disastrous employment report from December in an editorial that calls for – “shocking!”- more control of our economy by politicians! Mr. Reich won’t be persuaded to rethink his views, but his ideas will be reiterated all year by people who have no alternative ideas of their own, so be prepared to hear both the President’s and Mr. Reich’s rhetoric to be frequently repeated.

Below is a list of some of Mr. Reich’s plan, with accompanying details that he, and other “government knows best” liberals prefer to ignore:

Launch a major jobs program to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure: Mr. Reich is correct, that huge chunks of our nation’s infrastructure are “crumbling.” What he ignores is the fact that President Obama and the previous congress already launched what was promised to be a “major jobs program” to rebuild our infrastructure – it was called the “Economic Stimulus Bill.”

Remember Senator Obama’s promises of “shovel ready jobs” once he took office? That’s what the President’s stimulus plan, officially known as the “American Recovery and Reinvestment” Act, was supposed to have produced. It began with a price tag of $787 billion and ended up costing about $831 billion (note: only government can get away with miscalculating by $50 billion, not private businesses). Our infrastructure is still crumbling, but current and future generations of Americans are nonetheless saddled with the $831 billion in debt (and that isn’t including the interest).

Rehire all the teachers, social workers, police, and other public service employees who were laid off in the recession: This sounds and “feels” terrific – why wouldn’t everybody want full employment for teachers, cops, and so forth? The real question, however, is this: how badly were federal, state and local government workers actually hurt by the recession, as compared to us lowly people who work in the private sector?

In truth, huge chunks of President Obama’s “stimulus bill” funds were spent either on state and local government workers themselves, or on government programs that provided things for already existing government employees to do. The Obama Adminstration’s “Race to the Top” program for public schools took $4.35 billion out of the stimulus bill fund, and gave employed teachers and school administrators lots of hoops to jump through. The Administration’s “Booty Call” sexually transmitted diseases education program spent another $335 million of the stimulus funds, and gave government social workers lots of important things to do (although one can imagine that this program, in particular, stimulated something other than the economy).

Indeed, state and local government workers (as well as federal employees) have done relatively well since the recession, as compared to the rest of us. Combine this with the fact that most all government employees receive a defined benefit retirement pension that is backed by taxpayers (where do you fine retirement like that in the private sector these days?), and a government job looks pretty confortable in light of the frailties of the private sector.

Raise the minimum wage at least to its inflation-adjusted value 40 years ago — which would be well over $10 an hour: Once again it feels good to propose such an idea, as long as you don’t look at the consequences – and higher wage requirements imposed by governments almost always bring about a decline in business and job growth.

Worse yet, Reich makes no reference in his recent editorial to the actual source of genuine job creation: the local small business owner who is willing to work hard, take risks, and hopefully create genuine authentic wealth over time. If liberals would listen to what small business America is saying, they might learn about the perils of a lack of small business lending, or the fear instilled in the hearts of business owners by an out of control I.R.S. and E.P.A. and U.S. Department of Justice.

But to acknowledge that government agencies and programs might be a part of our economic problem is incomprehensible to the government-centric liberals among us. Hopefully there are sufficient numbers of our fellow Americans who do comprehend this reality, and make better choices in the elections that lie ahead.


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1 posted on 01/12/2014 6:43:40 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

The case can be made that certain of the politicians’ efforts to improve the economy, and thus maintain power, have actually contributed to the continuing doldrums. And then there’s Obama.....


2 posted on 01/12/2014 6:51:13 AM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W

The cure for Jimmy Carter’s disasters was Ronald Reagan.


3 posted on 01/12/2014 6:53:46 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Kaslin

Even the Republicans don’t talk about tax cuts anymore. The MSM and the Demonic Party own them. Just like the Globetrotters own the Generals...


4 posted on 01/12/2014 6:54:32 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kaslin

They can fix the problem if they have the will to fix the problem.

It means major regulatory and tax reform.


5 posted on 01/12/2014 6:56:33 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

The only way job creation will get started again is if govt steps out of the way.


6 posted on 01/12/2014 6:59:25 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: cripplecreek
Calvin Coolidge on taxes and the cost to individuals and the economy
7 posted on 01/12/2014 7:01:48 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin
Can Politicians Fix The Problem?

Is this a trick question?

8 posted on 01/12/2014 7:02:07 AM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Kaslin

Neither party is creating American jobs.

Bring back jobs, and bring jobs back to America.

Jobs have been exported to China now for an entire generation.

China. A massive, communist nation, now exports more than America, and is rapidly growing.

Bring back AMERICAN jobs. Now.


9 posted on 01/12/2014 7:02:16 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Political parties do not create jobs. Entrepreneurs do


10 posted on 01/12/2014 7:08:12 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: cripplecreek

Anything can be fixed if there is a will. (If there is a will, there is a way)


11 posted on 01/12/2014 7:09:51 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Yes and no.

America currently has a very unfavorable atmosphere for job creation, that is true.

We need tariffs against cheap imports, and we need less taxation on its profits.

But “American” business isn’t American when it has moved all production elsewhere.

It is Chinese. Or wherever it goes.

America needs American production.

If American businesses don’t return home, then replace them with real American businesses.

I’m completely series.

We are 17 trillion dollars in debt. And that is very rapidly growing.

BRING BACK AMERICAN MANUFACTURING.


12 posted on 01/12/2014 7:12:16 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Kaslin

Our government seldom rescinds a law or regulation because they are made by lawyers for lawyers. Instead to fix something they add more laws and regulations and make things worse for us but better for them, the lawyers. A lawyer making a law or regulation has an automatic conflict of interest.


13 posted on 01/12/2014 7:19:32 AM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Rand Paul’s enterprise zones idea is a good one.

Cut business and personal taxes to 5%. Cut payroll and income taxes to 2%. Tax free repatriation. Granted its intended for specific areas of the country but we would never get it nationwide without proving it in economic disaster zones first. I see it as planting a seed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLtwpI4xn4o#t=15


14 posted on 01/12/2014 7:28:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin
Yes. By stepping aside.
If they stop trying to fix it, it has a good chance of fixing itself.

15 posted on 01/12/2014 7:28:08 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Kaslin

Dave Stockman’s book (which is extremely depressing) says the number of true “breadwinner” jobs in the US peaked in 1998 and continues to decline.

I think he’s right.


16 posted on 01/12/2014 7:29:48 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: BitWielder1

We need a level playing field and unfortunately much of the corporate world doesn’t want the competition and its amazing how petty they can be about eliminating even the most minimal competition. They actively support taxes and regulations that they can overcome but little guys can’t.

Detroit is the only major city in the country that doesn’t allow street vendors downtown to sell food. Its the result of downtown restaurants lobbying against them. After all, how is the Hard Rock Cafe going to sell a $25 burger if a guy can walk out of his office and buy one for $5 on the street.

The drive to ban smoking in Michigan bars was funded almost exclusively by Michigan casinos. Those casinos however have a loophole by virtue of having the 10,000 feet of space required in the law to allow smoking.


17 posted on 01/12/2014 7:45:03 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks.

I just watched the first 10 minutes of your video.

I like Rand Paul.

I however saw one huge thing missing in his presentation:

American jobs are flowing elsewhere, in part because America is not protecting American jobs.

America needs import tariffs.

Make it more difficult to profitably export American jobs. Every other country in the entire globe, encourages businesses to set up manufacturing in their country.

China is particularly aggressive in this

We need to protect American manufacturing, and encourage manufacturers to repatriate their manufacturing right here.

That is a huge step, and neither party dares mention it.

Until the American government starts making it more difficult to export American jobs, we won’t bring them back.

Otherwise, that is a good video.

I believe we must bring back American jobs however.

It is that simple.

America needs to manufacture things right here.

For real.


18 posted on 01/12/2014 7:51:11 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
America needs import tariffs.

The last president to successfully employ import tariffs was Reagan and republicans simply refuse to acknowledge he did it. The tax was imposed very narrowly and resulted in both helping American motorcycle manufacturers and Japanese manufacturers moved operations here to avoid them.

If there were 1 industry I would impose import tariffs on it would be steel. Clinton pretty much single handedly drove them out of the country by refusing American steel loan guarantees while giving the Chinese steel industry billions.
19 posted on 01/12/2014 8:02:03 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

Yes!

Get the Federal Gov’t the hell out of the way.

Shut down the intrusive regulatory agencies.

Stand up and tell the public that 90% of the budget EPA does NOTHING for clean air and water. It’s all about shutting down energy production, industry, and our economy.


20 posted on 01/12/2014 8:04:46 AM PST by G Larry
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To: cripplecreek

Either that, or my preference is one single import duty.

One everything.

(no exceptions whatsoever)

Energy sources like oil. Food. And all manufactured goods from everywhere.

No exceptions whatsoever. I say that, because we do not want to build up another government bureaucracy. The import duty must be universal, with no exceptions whatsoever.

That said, it should also be offset by a decrease in the income tax.

Those two, would dramatically alter the groundrules for American business, and immediately start a massive repatriation of American businesses right here.

Even foreign companies would be encouraged to build in America.

America has been chasing every company possible, elsewhere. Most to China.

China now exports more than America.

Bring back American businesses now.


21 posted on 01/12/2014 8:08:28 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Kaslin

Fix the problem? Politicians are the problem!


22 posted on 01/12/2014 8:12:34 AM PST by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Kaslin

The headline is kind of like asking “The bathtub is filled with water. Can the drain plug fix the problem if we leave it where it is?”


23 posted on 01/12/2014 8:17:58 AM PST by MortMan (Is a delayed shower a "stay of exablution"?)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Its not going to happen.


24 posted on 01/12/2014 8:18:50 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Well I say it’s either that, or we start planning for America’s eventual collapse.

What we are doing currently, is rapidly sending America down the tubes.

Bring back American jobs now.


25 posted on 01/12/2014 8:21:03 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: Kaslin

Not as long as they can shuffle money around and borrow money.


26 posted on 01/12/2014 8:21:51 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: central_va

Spending by the two most recent administrations have made tax cuts a perceived impossibility. Perceived because both parties consider Laffer’s Curve a fairy tale.


27 posted on 01/12/2014 8:41:15 AM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

I am against whatever the UniParty™ is for .


28 posted on 01/12/2014 9:17:35 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Kaslin
Job growth is stalled? The article makes it seem like this is a new phenomenon, it has been happening for over five years. The only way they ever show a reduction in unemployment is by throwing away all the people who have given up or been dumped off unemployment due to benefits running out. The only thing demonrats are good at is destroying business and jobs, oh and sowing racial division.
29 posted on 01/12/2014 9:47:16 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Kaslin

The only thing politicians can do at this point to help the job markets would be to get government out of the way...

This is anathema to both Parties, so instead they’ll try to be SEEN to be doing SOMETHING the results of which they know damn well they’ll never be held to account for.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.


30 posted on 01/12/2014 9:51:59 AM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Mastador1

Actually its been happening for decades now.


31 posted on 01/12/2014 9:53:56 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

We’re on a sinking ship and people are drilling more holes.


32 posted on 01/12/2014 9:58:52 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Kaslin
The real question is: can the politicians responsible for the laws and regulations that have given us an economic depression be trusted to “fix” the problem THEY CAUSED?

Two words: Hell, NO!

Fire the incompetent political hacks and eliminate all the job killing rules, regulations, and laws the Donkeys and GOPee Establishment have put into place. How about tarring, feathering these corrupt hacks, and ride them out of town on a rail? Or, employ a tree, a rope, assembly required, and repeat.

33 posted on 01/12/2014 4:22:45 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Kaslin

Politians are the problem. We need a leader of heroic proportions. Under the guize of civil rights the marxists have destroyed our Republic..


34 posted on 01/12/2014 4:30:25 PM PST by TruthFactor (Tag-free, for now.)
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To: Kaslin
Intelligent Investing Panel
Going Great Guns
Forbes
David Serchuk, 04.23.09
"Sonders:...You’re looking at a requirement that every car on the road is going to have to last, you know, 25 to 30 years."
[...]
"Thomas:...But, you know, you could always find another job that would pay all right, and pay slightly above minimum wage, could allow you to at least live and have a home in most communities. And I think that's slowly changed."
[...]
"Forbes: I was in Colorado, and I knew people who had 200, 300 guns. And they'd stash them in various hidden places around their compound. This wasn't all that uncommon out west."
[...]
"Sonders:...we have gone from a couple decades ago being a manufacturing economy to more of a service-oriented, information economy. That has just displaced permanently a lot of workers,..."


35 posted on 01/12/2014 6:11:19 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Kaslin
"Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem."

Ronald Reagan

36 posted on 01/12/2014 9:05:53 PM PST by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: Jim Noble

Politicians ARE the problem...

(That was my trick answer)

;-)


37 posted on 01/13/2014 9:07:17 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Kaslin; All

Funny how the pic in this article shows a bunch of job hunting hopefuls are out at a “job fair”...

If you knew how much of a farce those events are, and the real numbers of how many people actually find work through those events, there would never be another one held that would draw very many people to those shams...

They are, for lack of a better definition a resume grab...Those firms setting those events up are out there to give the HR folks a legitimate chance to justify their existance...Which in reality is tough...

The whole exercise is a “feel good” effort that actually produces very little in return...

And it is designed to do that, and the expectations by these corporations and other businesses, chamber of commerces, and other community groups already know the return is minimal, at best...

So where does that leave us???

All you have to do to check the weather is open a window...

It really is that easy...


38 posted on 01/13/2014 9:15:52 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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