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The job creation myth: A bald-faced lie

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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Some desperate politicians will say anything to win elections. In these troubled times of foreclosure and joblessness, the current line of the electoral wannabes, with not much to offer, is a “policy of job creation.”

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Back in my engineering career, when the corporate boss wanted to increase our efficiency and pare costs down to the essentials, the search was on for “dead wood.” By definition the dead wood included those the Company could well get along without. The 1980s and early ‘90s were a time in the private sector for job reduction. In the early years of the Clinton-Gore Administration, Vice President Gore was put in charge of “reinventing government,” a process that resulted in widely-announced numbers of federal jobs eliminated.

Any businessman who inflates a payroll without increased demand for his products and services doesn’t remain in business for very long. So how in the world does reducing income taxes for the wealthy bring about more jobs? It’s worse than a myth for the vulnerable and the gullible. It is a bald-faced lie.

Gordon Prickett

Aitkin

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