Get off my back

Do you get tired of politicians talking about how many jobs they have created? Or how few jobs their opponents have created? The President claims his administration has created so many million jobs. And Governor Romney says his policies will create so many million jobs.

They speak rubbish.

If government creates a job it does so with money it takes from someone. It takes it from individual taxpayers. It takes it from businesses Ė as taxpayers.

What do you suppose people and businesses would have done with the money that government took? Would they have baked it into casseroles? People would have spent it. Which would have created jobs. People would have invested it. Which would have created jobs. Businesses would have done the same. Thus creating jobs.

But they did not. Because government took that money. And tried to create jobs with it. There have been many studies which have concluded this: Government is the least efficient when it comes to creating anything, including jobs. Individuals and businesses are far more efficient than government. So why not leave more money with them? And stop taxing it away?



The best way government can help an economy is by getting out of the way of its people. By getting off their backs. By truly reducing the regulations and red tape.

This is not brain surgery. Everywhere you look government slows business. It impedes business. Does not mean to, but it does.

You want to make a few bucks braiding hair for your neighbors? Hey, you could start a business braiding hair. Nope. Against the law. You must take some courses and get a certificate and pay for a license. To braid hair!

You want to leave your job to start a business? You donít dare, because you would have to leave your health insurance behind. Who says you cannot take it with you? Government.

Why is basic healthcare so expensive? Because governments insist that health policies cover ten thousand different ailments. You ought to be able to pick and choose from basic ingredients in a policy. Maybe you donít want to pay for coverage of ailments only a tiny number of people get. Well, there ainít no maybes. Governments force you to.

And governments wonít allow a cheaper policy from Idaho to be sold to you in New York. All this government interference makes insurance too expensive. For employers. For small business owners. The guys we expect will create jobs for us.

Here is another reason your business will cost more than it should. You have to pay huge amounts for liability insurance. Why huge? Because government wonít reform the laws that let people sue you for millions. When they stub their toes on your sidewalk.

In thousands of ways, government impedes business. And thereby impedes the growth of our economy. And the growth in the number of jobs.

The politicians jabber on about jobs, jobs, jobs. The best thing they can do for jobs in this country is to shrink, shrink, shrink government. To trim its tentacles. To get it out of thousands of corners of the economy where it impedes.

From Tom ... as in Morgan.

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