“Government does not create jobs! Government does not create jobs!” – Mitt Romney, Hofstra Pres. Debate 2012
When Governor Romney made this claim, he was clearly about to lose his composure. Of course, it was already weakened due to President Obama’s calling him out on several statements Romney had made during the debate. But I have to wonder if he failed American History when he was in high school, since it’s clear that he really believes that government doesn’t create jobs.
Clearly he’s forgotten about the causes of the Great Depression, as had the previous three Republican Presidents: Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush. If they’d remembered, they would never had pushed the “trickle down” theory of economics. Or maybe they were just so beholden to their corporate masters sponsors that they didn’t care. And Romney wants to double down on Bush’s policies, in spite of the fact, as Obama pointed out, that those policies are what caused the financial collapse in the first place.
Yet that’s just the recent background filler. Let’s go back to the Depression. When Franklin Roosevelt won the Presidency, he had a plan to get the economy back up and running. That plan included putting people back to work who had lost their jobs. And part of that strategy was for the government to be the employer of last resort. Government creating jobs. And as part of the overall strategy, it worked very well.
But that’s not the only example of government creating jobs. There are a whole slew of government agencies, staffed by civil servants to fill the positions created by those agencies. Guess what? Government creating jobs.
Post office jobs. Park ranger jobs. Police officers, firemen and women, teachers, administrators, judges, and military personnel. The list goes on and on. So Gov. Romney’s claim doesn’t hold water at all.
But wait, there’s more! The governor said in that secretly filmed dinner that he doesn’t care about 47% of the people because they’re NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR HIM ANYWAY! So maybe he thinks that those government-created jobs don’t exist, because for him, the little people who hold those jobs don’t exist.
So the question now for our consideration is this: Can I, in good conscience and knowing the facts and hearing the lies, actually vote for this man, Willard Mitt Romney, to be the President of these United States? My answer is a resounding “NO!”