The statement, “Elect me and I’ll create jobs,”by anyone seeking public office in no matter what level of government is either pandering to economic ignorance or is ignorant themselves and, I do not mean ignorance in any way other than the lack of knowledge and/or understanding in what is a self-generating, self-sustaining job that expands the economy and benefits society at all of its levels. Only the private sector can create these types of jobs.
Government cannot create a job; it can only create burdens on those that do create jobs and those who have them. Government can create a new department or agency with a whole new set of rules and regulations to abide by and of course create new forms for those they represent to fill out and process and yes hire people to do the tasks needed to fulfill its purpose. But is this job creation? No, it is not because these imposed tasks, no matter how noble the intentions were in creating them, are nothing more than a burden. Since these departments and agencies create nothing marketable they have to rely totally on those who have private sector jobs for their budgets. I’ve heard the argument, “public workers pay taxes too,” and yes they do but it’s all recycled tax dollars.
Government pays its workers with tax dollars and then turns right around and collects a portion of it back. How does that movement of tax dollars expand the economy? It does not. Yes they buy things and products move, but that purchasing had to first be taken from someone else. Now don’t get me wrong, some government actions do provide vital, good and necessary services such as police, fire, EMS and trash collection we should pay for, but most of the actions at all levels of government are nothing more than at its best a burden and at its worst a torment to those that are forced to foot the bill.
Private sector jobs on the other hand must create and offer a good or service and compete for the voluntary participation of those in society to make a profit to pay those involved in the activity. As more goods and services are sold, more tasks are needed for which more people are employed and profit. Private activity has a positive effect on the economy and benefits all of society. Government activities are not voluntary, they are forced and have the opposite effect on the economy whether necessary or not.
Politicians can only create an environment for lasting private sector growth by getting out of our way and let us create. Unshackle us and be amazed once again at what freedom can accomplish.