Posts Tagged ‘Jobs’

Labor Day: Government Is The Problem, Not The Solution

September 5, 2010

     There is a growing awareness about the importance of small, independent business in America. It is being understood that 60-percent of new jobs are created by small business, and some economists estimate 75-percent of all innovation takes place in small enterprises that grow up. Ronald Reagan nailed it when he said: “If we lose economic freedom, we lose all freedom.” It bothers me to hear so many say … right here in Hall County … that government ought to do something about this recession. It bothers me that we look to Washington to create the jobs we desperately need. It bothers me that so-called Progressive Democrats who have never met a payroll have already taken over large chunks of our free-enterprise system, and are promising things will get better when government is in charge. It bothers me to see pure socialistic proposals surfacing in Congress and when Republicans oppose these government takeovers, the media echoes President Obama’s talking point that says “Republicans are the party of no.” If we conservatives are guilty of anything, it is that we failed to say “NO” early enough, and loudly enough, when liberal Democrats decided everybody should have their own home whether they could afford it or not, and created  a massive housing bubble through Fannie and Freddie. That one government action, piled on top of other deficit spending, is what got us in this hole. And several Trillion dollars later, the Obama administration has dug us in deeper and deeper. On this Labor Day, history tells us we will not even start climbing out of this mess until we say “NO” – loud and clear – to federal socialism, and return freedom to American free enterprise.

So The Populists Ask: Where Are The Jobs?

March 9, 2010

     Last fall President Obama promised to make jobs the new NUMBER ONE PRIORITY for his administration. He had another one of his summits with community bankers. He sent Joe Biden out to give some money away for roads, internet access and some so-called “green” jobs like planting trees. Congress approved a new stimulus package they called a “jobs bill” that was (thank goodness) much smaller than a year ago. And then, guess what? The Obama-Pelosi-Reid triumvirate refocused the entire federal government on the President’s unpopular healthcare bill. So what is happening to jobs? What is happening in the economy? Many respected economists are concerned we may be heading for a double-dip recession. The federal government has created a bunch of jobs. It now has more employees than ever before, but government does not generate wealth to pay these people; that comes from the pockets of we-the-taxpayers. And how does he expect to create new jobs in the private sector when every action he takes stifles small business. The Small Business Administration says there are 29.6-miullion small businesses in America …more than 99% of all firms, and they employ more than 50% of all employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says small businesses accounted for 64% of net new jobs between 1993 and 2008. They produce 13-times more patents per employee than large firms. They are the innovators, the risk takers. Common sense says we won’t start regenerating jobs until Washington gets off the backs of small business, but common sense is a commodity in short supply in Washington nowadays.