The Left Is At It Again

Photo by Jim Bauer
Photo by Jim Bauer

June 17, 2012

When I think of that old saying that you can lead a horse to water but you can't force him to drink, the left and this whole idea of jobs creation comes to mind. What are they talking about again? A transportation bill to create thousands of jobs. But what about the Keystone pipeline? What about the mining bill in Wisconsin? What about natural gas? What about fracking? All of these things would create tens of thousands of jobs, and in the case of natural gas and fracking, would also help to reduce some of our dependency on foreign oil and reduce the cost every American faces at the pump, presumably leaving more money in working American's pockets to buy things that would help to reinvigorate the slumping economy. For whatever reason, there seems to be a strong resistance by the left toward these things.

And speaking of oil, wouldn't getting out of the way of drilling and exploration also create tens of thousands of jobs in this country?

So far as I can tell, the jobs we're so desperately seeking are right under President Obama's nose. They have been right under President Obama's nose from the jump. My thought would be that if you really want to help get the economy moving again, these are the jobs that matter the most, because these jobs would come from the private sector. The taxes and commerce they create collectively would increase revenues into the government's coiffures. Then if you want to work on rebuilding our nation's highways, fine. You can do that. And it would help to be one more step in the effort to move the economy forward.

The problem is that a transportation bill would cost us money before it would produce any tangible results. Sure, building roads certainly does help the economy in some ways, but it shouldn't be the first resort. Obviously building roads will require concrete, petroleum products, parts for equipment to be maintained, and certainly the workers would ultimately spend their money somewhere. So would the businesses that would benefit from the projects. So there's no denying at least some impact. But isn't this sort of like taking from Peter to pay Paul? This is government money, and most of the taxes they would collect on any wages earned would simply be government money trickling back into the tax rolls a few pennies at a time. And by the way, speaking of roads, isn't this a road we've already been down? How much has it helped the economy so far? Again, there's no arguing at least some impact. But focusing on the private sector would have had a much more profound and lasting impact, and it's an area the left seems loathe to support.

According to the Obama administration, if it isn't a government job, or a union job for that matter, it's not a job worth having.

It's got to be hammered into the psyche of the Administration that it is not the government's job to create jobs. It is the government's jobs to create conditions that are favorable to the private sector to create jobs, and this is exactly the opposite of what they've actually been doing. As far as they see it, the private sector is nothing more than hungry, greedy bastards who have no regard for the working people of this country.

That could not be farther from the truth, and until that psyche changes, the economy is not going to go anywhere but sideways or down.

What would help the economy move forward better?

  • Government job creation
  • Private sector job creation
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The Frog Prince profile image

The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Obama's idea of "job creation" is producing non-productive jobs (read government bureaucrats) who are dependent on the government, at any level, for their daily bread. It is no coincidence that the federal bureaucracy has swelled by 17% under Obama. That's his idea of job creation.

This whole "talk the talk" he does has everything to do with massaging the egos of his constituencies such as environmentalists and unions and little to do with actual job creation. There are still stupid people out here among us who believe the garbage he spoke to suck them into voting for him and are still stupid enough to believe he had any intention of doing what he promised in the first place.

Other than trying to "fundamentally change" our nation by not defining it he has proven to be the ultimate failure in leadership. Did anyone expect more form a person whose legacy is being a "community organizer?" I sure didn't.

The Frog


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Springboard 4 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Well, the writing is certainly on the wall now. Let's just hope everyone's reading what's written there—and that the smart people outnumber the stupid people.


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swordsbane 4 years ago from Wisconsin

The smart people outnumber the stupid people?? What country do YOU live in?

Seriously though... Natural Gas? Fracking? Drilling for more oil? All of those, yes ALL of those are bad for the environment. Natural gas is clean to burn, yes... but generates toxic chemicals during production to the point where it is no better than gasoline and oil refining for our air and water. Fracking destroys the water table and drilling for more oil is pretty stupid as oil is running out... everywhere.. forever.

Yes, the left is stupid. The right is even worse. Where does that leave us?


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

It's government jobs that are sinking our ship. Bloated government loaded with workers who sit on their fannies and collect a salary. Obama isn't interested in real job creation. His agenda is to build a country where unions rule the roost and the private sector be damned. Up interesting useful and awesome.


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Alexander Mark 4 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

I've gotta say, the most I have ever made is at my current job, working for the county at the airport. I have been blue collar all my life so from down here, this is what I see. Most of my employers were greedy bastards - but I did have a few good ones.

But part of the reason I ended up down here is school. The other part is a lack of understanding on my parent's part that they had to take an active role, so I had little sense of the need to go to college or how I would do it. But the other part was the school's system's lack of foresight. They had limited programs for the trades and I never knew they were available to me.

So the government dictates how schools are run, the schools churn out blue collar workers who then either work at low paying jobs for the rest of their lives or latch on to a government job. The point is, the cycle perpetuates itself.

And part of what makes people (small business owners) greedy or unable to give very much to their employees is the lack of resources - such as the price of fuel affecting overhead, which would be reduced if oil jobs were created, tax burdens for businesses like those in California.

It's hard to see when you're in the mud, but if you connect the dots, the left is creating the situation which makes the only logical choice government dependence. What happened to the prosperous 50's?

You got my brain juices flowing, thanks!


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

"Seriously though... Natural Gas? Fracking? Drilling for more oil? All of those, yes ALL of those are bad for the environment. Natural gas is clean to burn, yes... but generates toxic chemicals during production to the point where it is no better than gasoline and oil refining for our air and water. Fracking destroys the water table and drilling for more oil is pretty stupid as oil is running out... everywhere.. forever."

Yes and brain farts are bad for the environment too so try not to keep doing that!

The Frog


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Unfortunately, Jim, too many of BO's supporters are not looking for more ' jobs creation,' just more government handouts.


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swordsbane 4 years ago from Wisconsin

The Frog Prince: Good comeback.

Creating government jobs isn't a left thing. It's a government thing. The left creates jobs by making government programs, which generate things like construction jobs, which are transient and go away when the project is over. The right create high-paying jobs which the people who really need them can't qualify for. Neither side fixes education. The left thinks it will take care of itself if you just throw money at it, and the right is afraid of education, because it teaches bad things like evolution and environmental responsibility.

How about we try something different this next year besides Republicans and Democrats? They seem to be the cause of most of our problems, not the solution.


The Frog Prince profile image

The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

swordsbane - How about we try try mining, drilling and utilizing our own nation's resources and stop sending billions upon billions of dollars to countries who despise what this nation stands for?

As far as the political system goes, it will take some time to actually change what you see. This election, in particular, isn't the time to vote for a third party candidate or writing in a name who has no chance of winning anything. What has to be done is to get rid of Obama first, turn the Senate and continue putting conservatives into the House as we did in 2010.

Lets try that...

The Frog


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Springboard 4 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Swordsbane, with all due respect, there are plenty of geological surveys that estimate that oil is actually rather plentiful, and in the United States some of those numbers indicate somewhere around 900 billion barrels we could extract. The only limitations on at least some of the oil available just in the US alone are our technological ability to get at all of it. But the issue and the point here was not really about what is clean or safe for the environment, though I would argue that in all of these options technologies are paving the way for better and less intrusive extraction techniques, including with regard to oil. But rather what I was referring to was making use of the technology and resources we have as real, viable sources today. That should be where the focus is on when it comes to reduction of dependence on foreign oil and on job creation in the US. Our focus should be on what we can do now. On what's on the table NOW. Once we get things moving in a better direction both from a national security standpoint and jobs creation standpoint, we can honestly begin to entertain other options. Doing nothing, to my mind, solves nothing. Taking a back-ended approach in the HOPES we may gain a benefit without taking an honest and serious look at what's right in front of us and doable today is foolish.

I would also argue that we can always find a reason not to do something and claim environmental impact. Look at wind. At least let's look to open the discussion.


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Springboard 4 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Pop, I honestly could not have said it better myself. I cannot agree more. Look, government has a role. Let's all be clear on that one point. But jobs creation is NOT one of them. Take one small example such as the $15 billion dollars spent on companies like Congentrix and Prologic and Solyndra for that matter which, by all accounts, was expected to create upwards of 5 million jobs, and so far has produced less than 3000.


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Springboard 4 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Alexander, great observations. As for college? I think, and have always thought, it's a bit of a misnomer that it is so called "needed." I think what's needed is ambition, personal responsibility, and financial aptitude. Those are the keys to maximizing one's potential and earnings power over time. Even if one makes very little money, having money sense makes money—earning a lot of money conversely doesn't mean HAVING a lot of money, nor does it mean having a better standard of living necessarily.

That's a bit off track, but I thought it was important to point out.

Where are the prosperous 50's? Great question. In many ways it is a product of our own actions collectively that broke that down and tore down the middle class. Government AND you and I. We were alseep at the wheel a bit. We didn't care that something wasn't made here, and we gave up good jobs and replaced them with service economy jobs that quite frankly don't pay a lot, and in turn, we've given up untold benefits as well. It's sad really. As for where we are NOW, and what we CAN do now, those are very different things because I think we are starting to see, as a country, that we need to return to some older values. We need to return to manufacturing things here, and we certainly need to look within our own borders for those jobs we desperately want and need. We CERTAINLY know Barack Obama won't get us there.


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swordsbane 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Springboard: If I was advocating doing nothing as an alternative, then you would be right that drilling in the US is better, but I'm not. The geologic survey's that say oil is "plentiful" are only relatively correct and they are vastly overestimating what oil we can actually get at and the price of said oil. Are you looking at getting five more years of oil for our selves at three times the price we're paying now at the pump? Because that's what we're talking about. You think the taxpayers will vote for the president that did that? At the end of that period we will be in an even bigger fix than we're in right now. Oil is going away, and the further into the future you look, the faster it is going away. Our only viable option is to stop using it and start using something else. And it has nothing to do with the environment, although that by itself should be reason enough.


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Springboard 4 years ago from Wisconsin Author

...and to our own detriment Drbj. The taxpayers cometh again, but honestly the well is getting a little dry these days.


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Springboard 4 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Swordsbane, someone once told me that when your house is on fire, you put out the fire first, THEN rebuild the house. That's sort of the situation we're in right now as far as the economy, jobs, and oil goes. I should add that in the end there really is no such thing as 'clean' technology. Every technology has a darkside. Take battery powered cars for example. You have to figure out what to do with the batteries, and recharging them requires the use of nuclear, natural gas, or coal fired plants.


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swordsbane 4 years ago from Wisconsin

No. In order to put out the fire, you have to stop dumping fuel on it. We haven't even got that far. In fact, someone convinced us that gasoline is water and we're actually trying to put out the fire with it. Surprise.. it's not working.

and no... there is no such thing as 100% clean technology, but there's relatively clean and then there's very dirty... Coal oil and natural gas are WAY dirty. There's no particular reason you have to recharge batteries with coal, nuclear or natural gas. That excuse for not using them is dishonest. If we found a better way to generate electricity (and there are far cleaner ways) then batteries become a LOT cleaner too. Yes, you do have to figure out what to do with batteries when you throw them away, but they aren't designed to be thrown away. You throw them away when they wear out or when they break, and technology will help with that too. That's the other problem with our society; we LIKE disposable. We shouldn't. We should hate it.


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Springboard 4 years ago from Wisconsin Author

What 'cleaner' alternatives to coal and natural gas do you propose?


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swordsbane 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Springboard: Solar and wind can take up a lot of the slack, and they've been getting some undeserved thrashings by the political animals. The argument against fusion is that it's ten or twenty years away from becoming viable, but with the right funding it's really only ten years away at current research levels. Clean coal, on the other hand is touted as great because it's "only" 30 years away, but scientists disagree about it's viability in the long run and even those that say it can work say it will be very expensive. Fusion still looks good by comparison. And that's with current research levels that are getting only a fraction of the funds they could/should be getting. Alternate energy research is progressing despite the government, not because of it, and private enterprise can only do so much. Someone drops a nickel on solar or wind and it doesn't make it to market and they say "Well, that's a dead end."

Bull! We have a world-wide energy crisis that has the potential to pretty much destroy our current standard of living. Alternative energy research is progressing at a painfully slow rate because the government is either in the way or not shaking loose the money. Our entire economy should be restructuring around renewable energy rather than piecemeal replacements for coal and oil.

And there are probably other renewable energy ideas out there, but they aren't being developed because no one wants to fund them.


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

"The problem is that a transportation bill would cost us money before it would produce any tangible results."

Thank you. If we follow the Left's job creation agenda to its logical conclusion, the government should create a job for everyone. We'd have 0% unemployment.

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