The Speaker of the House John Boehner says, "Government doesn't create jobs, it's the private sector that creates jobs."
In all fairness, that's only half a lie. The government does, and always has, created jobs in partnership with the private sector. So does that make Boehner only half a liar? Hmmm....
The Republicans use the farce that "government doesn't create jobs" to mislead the voters, trying to convince them that most government spending is waste, fraud, and abuse...therefore we should cut government spending and balance the budget.
But the GOP's proposed cuts to any government spending won't be in defense (or in waste, fraud, and abuse), but to our Medicare and Social Security programs (which, by the way, also creates jobs).
In 2008 (before Obama) the Federal Government, excluding the Postal Service, employed about 2.0 million civilian workers (with a population of 312 million). The Federal Government is the nation's single largest employer.
For national security reasons, this total does not include employees for our intelligence agencies. But this total does include members of congress, such as Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Under George H.W. Bush the Federal Government employed 3.06 million (with a smaller population of 250 million).
Among the largest employers in the private sector are those such as Wal-Mart and McDonald’s -- those who can't outsource jobs to China because they need a domestic workforce to operate (and we know how well they pay). Wal-Mart employs 1.4 million Americans in the United States and 2.1 million world-wide.
Apple might have been one of America's largest employers, but most of their work force is at Foxconn, the single largest private employer in mainland China. Altogether, Foxconn employs about a million people
Besides our government being the largest single employer directly, the government also creates jobs in the private sector indirectly through defense and other government spending, which goes to contractors in all 50 states.
Total U.S. defense spending has increased so much over the past decade that it has reached levels not seen since World War II, when the United States had 12 million people under arms and waged wars on three continents. The taxpayers have consistently spent half a trillion a dollars every year on defense for decades.
Does the Speaker of the House John Boehner and the Republicans deny that almost half of what we spend in our annual budget every year on defense spending doesn't create any jobs? Didn't Obama just recently approve another $650 billion for defense spending at the request of the Republicans?
Our government spent $1 trillion on George W. Bush's two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...how many jobs did that create? How many jobs did Halliburton create?
The government funded World War II. The Manhattan Project alone employed more than 130,000 people when the U.S. population was only 130 million people. Now we have a nuclear industry: Nuclear reactors and nuclear bombs. We've built and now operate over 100 commercial reactors in the U.S. -- how many jobs is that Mister Boehner?
The government funded NASA. The space program included the lunar landing on the moon, space shuttle missions, and Mars land rovers. At the height of Apollo development NASA employed nearly 36,000 people. The workforce leveled off at around 18,000 people in 1998 and has remained near this level since then. But more than 300,000 jobs were created through government contracts in our space program.
The Tennessee Valley Authority was established in 1933. Today the TVA is a federally owned corporation that is now the largest public provider of electricity in the United States. The TVA operates eleven coal-burning plants that produces more than half of TVA’s electricity. Republicans LOVE coal, so government really DOES create jobs!
The Works Progress Administration created numerous roads, buildings, and other projects. At its peak it provided paid jobs for more than three million unemployed men and women, as well as youth when at the time the U.S. population was 130 million.
The Public Works Administration also created employment, stabilize purchasing power, and helped revive the economy during the Great Depression. It funded and administered the construction of more than 34,000 projects including airports, large electricity-generating dams, major warships for the Navy, and bridges, as well as 70% of the new schools and one-third of the hospitals.
The government built Hoover Dam and provides hydroelectric power, creating thousands of jobs. In the process, the construction of the dam also created a whole town, which is still here, several miles away. It's called Boulder City.
A $35 million bond was issued and submitted to the voters in San Francisco to build the Golden Gate Bridge, and carried overwhelmingly. During the Great Depression homeless and unemployed men would camp near the construction site, waiting for workers to fall to their death...it meant another job opening.
The list and examples are endless as to how government creates jobs - - either directly, through the private sector, or in partnership with private contractors. We have the Center for Disease and Control, the Food and Drug Administration, and other government services to keep us safe and healthy. The GOP wants to eliminate most of these programs to save the top 1% in taxes, nothing more.
Government contractors ("the private sector") that benefit from taxpayer funding, also despises labor unions. They blame them for attempting to negotiate wages that only keeps pace with rising inflation. The GOP uses the argument that government workers shouldn't be paid more than those in the private sector, when it's become common knowledge that wages in the private sector have remained stagnant (or fell) over the past 40 years -- just so their CEOs could pay themselves ever rising and excessive salaries.
One example is Boeing, who wanted to move jobs from their home state of Washington to South Carolina for lower wages (instead of to China). Union and/or government workers haven't been getting rich on the taxpayer's backs, the top 1% such as Boeing's CEO have been getting rich on the taxpayer's backs - - with an unfair tax code that exempts government contractors like Boeing from paying corporate taxes and allows the CEOs to pay only 15% on their capital gains from stock-option compensation...even through Boeing gets government subsidies and defense contracts.
The Republicans and the Speaker of the House John Boehner have been attacking people on food stamps as the bane of our jobless recovery, rather than attacking "leveraged buy-outs" by Bain Capital. What the government spends on food stamps is minuscule compared to what we've paid to government contractors like Boeing, who've been sucking on the government tit for decades.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has a $225,000-a-year government job, with government benefits, and a government staff, with a government budget - - and he has government healthcare insurance and he will also retire very well on a government-paid pension. John Boehner takes government-paid vacations and takes 3-martini lunches at the government's expense. We pay for his tee-time at the country club golf courses. So how can John Boehner say with a straight face that "government doesn't create jobs, it's the private sector that creates jobs."
But because of the "private sector", we now have 30 million under-employed and unemployed Americans, and another 75 million earning near poverty wages. The Republicans have been cutting government jobs, like employees in the IRS, that are much needed to investigate government contractors and the top 1% who have been evading income taxes for years. (Yes Mister Speaker, we don't have a spending problem, we have a revenue problem....that's why we have a deficit problem, not because of unemployed people on food stamps.)
And when there was the Republican threat of a government shut down, Speaker of the House John Boehner's paycheck was exempt. It was people who needed their unemployment checks that had to worry. If the radicals in the House had their way, their would be NO government jobs (except their own), and we'd all be at the mercy of corporations in the private sector who'd only want to pay us minimum wage.
The Republicans and the Speaker of the House John Boehner keep repeating the same old tired lie: "Government doesn't create jobs, it's the private sector that creates jobs." That is total B.S. - - but the Democrats never challenge them on this. Why?
Our veterans (government employees) who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan need jobs too, but the private sector hasn't hired them either.
The U.S. government has always been the largest and best "job creator" ever in human history...even much better than Wal-Mart, McDonalds, and Apple.
But if government doesn't create jobs, then maybe John Boehner can always go back to bartending.