Republicans have long believed that government is inherently incompetent, which is why they personally do everything they can to prove it. This theory of governance was most recently espoused by U.S. Senate candidate in New Hampshire, Scott Brown. Brown is the former Massachusetts senator who shocked the nation by winning a 2010 U.S. Senate special election in the heavily Democratic state.
But after his 2012 defeat at the hands of Elizabeth Warren, Brown looked northward to New Hampshire and the expiring term of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D). He’s taken up permanent residence there and will face her in November. In the meantime, he’s trying win voters over by telling them his ideas, like this one on Wednesday at a town hall gathering in Hudson:
“When folks say, you know, ‘What are you going to do to create jobs?’ I’m not going to create one job. It’s not my job to create jobs. It’s yours. My job is to make sure that government stays out of your way so you can actually grow and expand.”
As a former constituent of Brown’s, I just have to laugh at this. As much as he’s presenting himself to the more conservative Granite State voters as some laissez-faire purist, he knows that government creates jobs. Virtually all Republicans know this. They just pretend otherwise.
In April 2010, Brown began his fight to try to save a completely useless $3 billion boondoggle from the Pentagon’s chopping block in the form of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter backup engine. Of that piece of hardware, the Pentagon said, “We don’t want nor need the extra engine.”
Why would Brown fight to keep spending taxpayer money on something the Department of Defense didn’t even want or need?
Jobs. The backup engine for the F-35 just so happened to be made at the General Electric plant in Lynn, Massachusetts, and there was going to be a hell of a lot of pissed off Massholes if the project got axed, along with the 400 jobs it created. Does Brown honestly believe that the government, which had been buying those backup engines from GE for all those years, wasn’t actually creating jobs when Congress appropriated funding for them?
It’s true that the chief function of government isn’t to create jobs, but rather to guarantee rights and provide services while maintaining law and order. This of course, requires having government employees who render these services, but it also requires purchasing what’s needed to provide said services from private companies. Apparently, for Brown, it also requires purchasing what’s not needed.
Scott Brown is welcome to stick to his conservative talking points about job creation, but his own record shows he knows they’re a total fiction.