Obama’s Unemployment Fix: A Department of Jobs?


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Businesses reliant on government and not business can’t survive in the market. The public doesn’t demand what the bureaucrats want. So, state-propped-up industries such as Evergreen Solar inevitably fail. If the administration’s unprecedented subsidies to corporations—euphemistically called “investments” by the president—are so wise, why do actual investors (the ones who make a living at this sort of thing) balk? The question answers itself.

A command economy, in which the government dictates through coercive regulation what cars will be made and through subsidies what companies will profit, can’t satisfy the needs and wants of the people. It replaces the democracy of the market, where 310 million consumers vote with their money on what products they like, with the autocracy of planners, where a few state officials decide winners and losers by remote. You should prefer electric go-carts to trucks. You should prefer collectivized medicine to your family doctor. You should prefer windmills to coal. So, you will. This is force. This is arrogance. This is doesn’t work.

The results prove far more damaging to our economy than billions in wasted tax dollars. Subsidies pervert the entrepreneurial impulse from pleasing consumers to pleasing a few guys in Washington. The subsidies give rise to a loathsome creature, the government entrepreneur, whose success depends on connections, lobbying, and perhaps bribery, but not on developing a popular product. Talents that might have been used to satisfy market demand have been reoriented to fulfill the bureaucrat’s command. It’s a waste of capital. Worse still, it’s a waste of human capital.

Predictably, attempts to manage a private economy with 310 million moving parts (by people who have never worked in the private economy no less!) has been disastrous to the private economy. Don’t believe it, the president insists. He assured his fawning Minnesota audience that “we’ve had a string of bad luck” around the world this year and that the economic slump started before his presidency “dating all the way back to 2007, 2008.”

President Obama cautioned his Minnesota audience not to “buy into this notion that somehow government is what’s holding us back.” Clearly a man thinking about establishing a federal “Department of Jobs” doesn’t.

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  • Asher

    The caption under the bus should read…The New Death Star Bus, made out of the same material as Darth Vader's Helmet, black and forboding…. Obama never intended to create more jobs, a better economy, or a harmonious country, its all part of the illusion and deception used to fool and dupe the enemy!

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    The one thing that can be said for Obama is that he's consistent– regardless of the problem at hand, his solution always comes down to the same two words: more government!

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  • TexExpatriate

    The author is preaching to the choir here. There's a silver lining to the Obama cloud, however. When the Democrats are defeated in 2012 because of him, it will set them back at least then years.

  • kafir4life

    Is Obama getting his ideas from The Onion? Geez!!!!

  • Fred Dawes

    Obama must be insane.

  • sedoanman

    Sounds like he wants to re-invent the Dept. of Labor, which has been strangely silent about the unemployment situation.

  • http://tomsextoyshop.com tomsextoyshop

    The one thing that can be said for Obama is that he’s consistent– regardless of the problem at hand, his solution always comes down to the same two words: more government!

  • Kevin Stroup

    At what point did it become the governments purpose to give us jobs and manage the economy? I thought the governments purpose was courts, military, foreign treaties, and the BARE MINUMUM of laws to allow for a functioning society. I see nothing in the US Constitution about employment and managagement of the economy. Why is this point never discussed? Please do not quote the commerce clause. That dead horse has been kicked enough.