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    Re: Can government create jobs?

    Government can create temporary employment, but they cannot create jobs. Jobs and careers are created by the private sector.
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    Re: Can government create jobs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    Legitimate question. I had a feeling it would be brought up.

    I'd like to hear your thoughts on the alternatives to the government stimulus. Most people were cutting jobs and cutting spending. I do not believe a tax break alone would have picked the economy back up anywhere near how quickly we came back with the stimulus. Yes, unemployment is high and the economy is still slow to recover, but we needed some way to stop the bleeding, and quickly. A reduction in taxes would have been slow and unreliable (not to mention it would have increased our deficit and debt just as much). How would we know jobs would have been created in the areas where jobs were needed? How would we even know that the people and businesses would have spent the money they saved or recieved when the economy was looking the way it was? Even now we have businesses sitting on trillions of dollars.

    The stimulus spending created jobs. Jobs that would not have been there otherwise. Through projects that in some cases will lead to other jobs being created. Yes, the stimulus wasn't perfect... you have politicians, both locally and on the federal level, to blame for that. But I don't believe the stimulus was a complete failure.
    A lot of the stimulus spending was politically aimed and not specifically done to really create jobs.

    A far better approach would have been to give $5k-$10k to low income people.
    The point of stimulus is to spur demand and increase the flow of money.
    Doing that would create such results.
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    Re: Can government create jobs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    A lot of the stimulus spending was politically aimed and not specifically done to really create jobs.

    A far better approach would have been to give $5k-$10k to low income people.
    The point of stimulus is to spur demand and increase the flow of money.
    Doing that would create such results.
    You have got to be kidding me. Give $5K to $10K to low-income people? What does that do? Honestly, is the only way we know how to fix a broken economy to hand out bucks??? What about freaking jobs???
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    Re: Can government create jobs?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    You have got to be kidding me. Give $5K to $10K to low-income people? What does that do? Honestly, is the only way we know how to fix a broken economy to hand out bucks??? What about freaking jobs???
    All the jobs created were largely politically motivated.
    Handing out money spurs demand, especially when you give it to low income people.
    They don't save money, by and large.
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    Re: Can government create jobs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    All the jobs created were largely politically motivated.
    Handing out money spurs demand, especially when you give it to low income people.
    They don't save money, by and large.
    To spur demand, people have got to SPEND the money, not pay off old bills....which is EGZAKLY what low-income people would do with that money. Give ME $5,000; I'll spend it on hard goods in a heartbeat. Giving away cash isn't the solution. It's the PROBLEM.

    I agree with you that the stimulus money was politically motivated.
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    Re: Can government create jobs?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    To spur demand, people have got to SPEND the money, not pay off old bills....which is EGZAKLY what low-income people would do with that money. Give ME $5,000; I'll spend it on hard goods in a heartbeat. Giving away cash isn't the solution. It's the PROBLEM.

    I agree with you that the stimulus money was politically motivated.
    They'll spend it on consumer goods and services, which will flow throughout the entire economy.
    I don't like things like that, but we have formed our economy to the point where actions like that are required, unless we want to take a big hit to reform the entire system.

    Low income folks blow the money, quickly.
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    Re: Can government create jobs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    A lot of the stimulus spending was politically aimed and not specifically done to really create jobs.

    A far better approach would have been to give $5k-$10k to low income people.
    The point of stimulus is to spur demand and increase the flow of money.
    Doing that would create such results.
    I'd prefer the government paid people through the stimulus program by giving people jobs rather than handing out thousands of dollars to poor individuals for doing nothing.

    If everyone got the same amount or if everyone got back an equal percentage of their paid taxes I'd be OK with that, but giving someone that much money just because they are poor would be a perfect example of redistributing the wealth.
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    Re: Can government create jobs?

    Can they? Yes, the government can create jobs. Bureaucracy rarely gets smaller.
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    Re: Can government create jobs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Can they? Yes, the government can create jobs. Bureaucracy rarely gets smaller.
    By jobs you're meaning "government jobs". Yes, they do tend to create more government jobs to add to the bureaucracy.... I didn't think of that one when I posted.
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    Re: Can government create jobs?

    Of course government can create jobs. The interstate highway system during the Eisenhower admin., space travel - the moon, the internet, atomic energy, military industrial complex, etc. etc.


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