Friday, July 09, 2010

Stepping On Their Own Message

I suppose this is grumpy blogging day, but I'm still quite perturbed by the administration rolling out their government doesn't create jobs line. Stimulus arguments aside, there is obviously a very big and important role for the government in our economy. We can and do argue about the proper role of government in the economy, but whether we build highways with a federal highway building workforce, or build highways by contracting out to independent contractors, the government is still paying the bill and, yes, creating jobs, and absent the government those highways aren't going to be built and those jobs aren't going to be there.

But aside from it just being stupid, they're completely stepping on their own message. I don't know how we're all supposed to celebrate Recovery Summer, glorifying all of the jobs the government is creating, if the government doesn't create any jobs.