^ i really liked this, it is a great explanation of why Jeb's comments are unbecoming of one we would elect to direct our country.The central problem is that Jeb's comment belies a childish understanding of the economy.
First it shows a complete disconnect from the realities of the modern w. The most productive people are already maxxed out. We may only be paid for 40hrs a week, but 60 is a better average and 80 isn't uncommon. We also don't take much vacation even though we're entitled to it, mostly because it's impossible to take more time off and finish what we need to do.
Second, it shows a complete inability to do simple math. If your "plan" expects to generate 4% growth as far as the eye can see, would you not also have to put in longer and longer hours... also as far as the eye can see? Increasing the number of hours everyone works would presumably only get you a one time increase in productivity. Hours worked does not compound like interest.
Third, it ignores history. When has any country ever brute forced itself into economic growth? Countries grow in productivity because either its workforce grows or its workforce becomes more efficient.
Fourth, it completely misses the roadblocks for growth. Companies are sitting on some absurd number of trillions of dollars in unused capital. The reason they don't grow is the same reason that small businesses don't hire themselves into success. Produce as much as you like, but you only make money on the things you actually sell. The current limit to economic growth isn't a lack productivity, it's demand.
Fifth, it's completely tone deaf. The problem with our country is that we don't work hard enough? Please. Live in the real world for a little Mr Bush and then let us know what you think.
Seriously.... Jeb's comment is dumber than Romney's 47%. At least you understood where Romney was coming from.