Thursday, June 11, 2009

On Job Creation


Obama’s plan to create jobs is very interesting and unexpected!

Let’s analyze this plan a bit… after all, important issues warrant analysis.

Each Federal Department seems to have the task of “creating jobs.” For example, quoting from Biden’s “Road Map”:

-The Department of Education will fund 135,000 education jobs
-The Department of Transportation will begin improvements at 98 airports and 1,500 highways
-The Department of Justice will hire or maintain 5,000 law enforcement officers.

If we want to be honest with ourselves, we will acknowledge that there are the benefits of the job creation AND the negatives of the cost of the jobs. It’s fair to calculate the costs of a program, right?

For each department’s initiative, let’s just add one simple phrase to more accurately account for this cost:
-The Department of Education will fund 135,000 education jobs at the expense of the taxpayers.
-The Department of Transportation will begin improvements at 98 airports and 1,500 highways at the expense of the taxpayers.
-The Department of Justice will hire or maintain 5,000 law enforcement officers at the expense of the taxpayers.

There’s a reason Obama leaves “at the expense of the taxpayers” off of his sentences, but let’s continue. In America, because of “progressive tax rates” the wealthy are forced to pay much much much more than everyone else. The top 5% of income earners (making about $150k or more) pay 60% of the nation’s tax revenue, or in other words, they pay the majority. The wealthiest 5% pay the majority of the taxes in America.

So we can rewrite this job creation plan more accurately still:
-The Department of Education will fund 135,000 education jobs at the expense primarily of the wealthiest 5%.
-The Department of Transportation will begin improvements at 98 airports and 1,500 highways at the expense primarily of the wealthiest 5%.
-The Department of Justice will hire or maintain 5,000 law enforcement officers at the expense primarily of the wealthiest 5%.

We could actual abstract this plan to all government programs in the US as follows:
-The Department of ____________ will _____________ at the expense primarily of the wealthiest 5%.

Is it any wonder that politicians operate in this manner? All they must do is tax a very small minority and in return give “benefits” to 95% of Americans. Quite an obvious and intelligent tactic for anyone whose career requires popular support.

Is this a just society? If so, which principle of morality makes it just? If not, why do we allow it to continue? I understand why immoral mobs of beggars allow it, for they are receiving the handouts at the expense of 5% of their neighbors.

But, why do the 5%?

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