And for all anyone knew, one of those jobs probably involved a temp filling out the necessary federal paperwork documenting the work done by the other job holder. One did the nailing, the other did the filing.
Now Obama has come back seeking another "stimulus." My question: Is Southwest Virginia prepared for the creation of a third job? Can we handle it? Oh, the fretfulness.
Can we get serious for a moment?
Want serious job creation?
Want More Jobs? The Low-Hanging Fruit Is Energy
By John Hinderaker, Powerline
Everyone knows that Obama’s jobs program is a joke; but let’s assume that you actually do want to help create a million or more jobs, while simultaneously increasing government revenues by many billions of dollars. How would you do it? It’s actually easy: just stop the irrational antagonism to energy development that is America’s most glaring public policy failure.
The energy consulting firm Wood Mackenzie released a report on Wednesday that attempted to quantify the additional jobs and revenue that would result from a relaxation of the federal government’s current anti-energy policies. You can read the report in its entirety, but here is the bottom line:
"Wood Mackenzie’s analysis found that U.S. policies which encourage the development of new and existing resources could, by 2030, increase domestic oil and natural gas production by over 10 million boed, support an additional 1.4 million jobs, and raise over $800 billion of cumulative additional government revenue."
What is remarkable is how quickly jobs would be created, if only the federal government would get out of the way:
And sweetest of all, hundreds of those jobs would be created in the coalfields of Southwest Virginia. Good jobs. Long-term jobs. Economy-boosting jobs.
Of course they wouldn't be jobs created by Barack Obama and the federal government. Which means he and it will oppose their creation until the end of time.
But it's plain for all to see that his way hasn't worked (are those two jobs even in existence still?). It's time for a new way.
America to Barack Obama: Unshackle us. Let us succeed on our own. Let us prosper. Get out of the way.
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* Also buried in that American Reinvestment and Recovery Act? The makings of the Solyndra scandal.