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Response to Alan Grayson (Original post)

Sat Mar 31, 2012, 06:56 PM

63. Myth #1 "The Government can't create jobs" - I was watching Dylan Ratigan


the other day, I often get good ideas or information there. But one day in the past week or so there were 3 or 4 people around the table, and the guest said something to the effect "We all know government can't create jobs".

I remember being shocked because it looked like everyone freakin' nodded their assent. Not one person even suggested that maybe the government creates the atmosphere and infrastructure so we can have jobs, that the taxpayers employ an amazing number of people to do their work, or just flat called bullshit on that assertion...

The show purports to be pushing ideas regarding how we can create 30 million jobs, but I would defy them to present any credible evidence as to how that is gonna happen without the resources and power of the U.S. government/taxpayer. It certainly hasn't happened by letting greedy wealthy bastards keep more of our money to trickle back upon us.

On the other hand, there is plenty of evidence in the CCC, war, infrastructure building, our invention of the internet, public education, racism, all sorts of technology and ideas from which the government, that is the taxpayer, was not only responsible, but indispensable, in the creation of jobs both good and bad. (I wonder how many police jobs owe our invention of racism a debt of gratitude?).

Maybe I didn't see what I think I saw, I was busy that day and didn't get a chance to check back, but I was really surprised that not one person took him to task. It doesn't really matter who the guest was, but crap like that needs to be challenged for it's veracity if we expect to make progress, and I kinda look to the people hosting the show to do that.

Maybe they were just tired, however, because I am pretty sure if any of them were asked directly they would disagree. I hope.





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