By Ben Cohen
Thinking they had got themselves the antidote to Barack Obama, Republicans must be cringing at their newly elected Chairman Michael Steele. In an interview with Wolf Blitzer on the government stimulus package, Steele offered the following idiotic historical analysis of the government’s role in job creation:
Let’s get this notion out of our heads that the government create jobs. Not in the history of mankind has the government ever created a job.
Small business owners do, small enterprises do, not the government.
When that government contract runs out, that job goes away. That’s what
we’re talking about here. And those two to four million jobs that are
projected won’t happen. Trust me.
Even the most fiscally conservative Republicans know that this is utter gibberish. Either Steele is lying through his teeth, or he simply has no understanding of economics (and I suspect it is a mixture of the two). Government has been absolutely crucial in the development of modern western economies – basic infrastructure, the military, computers, the aviation industry, the internet, you name it, and the government had a role in developing, protecting or funding it. Anyone with a basic understanding of economic issues realizes the necessity of government in job creation, especially now the economy is going down the toilet. If Steele continues to spout supply side economics during these tumultuous times, the GOP’s chances of a comeback are virtually none existent.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.