Job creation is priority No. 1

By June 9, 2011

There is such urgency coming from Washington concerning the deficit that is artificial and is being perpetuated by the myopic media. The most pressing problem is job growth.

I am tired of the Democrats buying into the fear-mongering of the far right. Both parties should be thinking up “enhanced job creation techniques” instead of producing the new movie, “Honey, I Shrunk the Government.”

The deficit and the debt are serious problems and need to have serious remedies, but not at this moment. Jobs must come first. If you are trying to speed up a slow train, you don’t have time to start removing train cars. You simply put more coal in the furnace (even if it is borrowed coal), and think about moving selected cargo (not cars) to conserve coal later. Jobs keep the economy moving. Duh.

Budget deficits and debt were not the cause of the 2008 financial debacle. Couples and families and college graduates do not spend sleepless nights worrying about the deficit. They spend them in their parents’ house or a trailer because they lost their job and their home. This is reality. But Congress and the White House cannot see this reality from inside their bubble.

This Washington obsession with spending cuts has only obviated the urgency of job creation because the new authoritarian Republican Party cares about shrinking government more than it cares about anything else.

Republicans actually could not care less about deficits. They have a religion that is diametrically opposed to Christianity, which they purport to believe in. That is a religion of spending cuts that only hurt the poor and the struggling middle class, who cannot afford lobbyists or lawyers.

Anthropologists tell us that high intelligence evolved in humans along with deception to get what we want in a complex social structure, and with that came the development of good “BS radar” to keep from being deceived, but Washington Democrats missed out on that latter trait.

I suggest Washington wake up and create some shovel-ready jobs for those of us with something else that they may lack, i.e., opposable thumbs.

Mark Rollins


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