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Evidence Prerequisite: Job Creation & Economic Development Claims

by: Progressive86

Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 15:31:20 PM EST


Before the phrases "economic development" or "job creation/growth" can be used from here on out, appropriate evidence must be provided to whoever the message is directed towards. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently commented that "Alaska's energy resources...hold great promise and economic opportunity for the people of Alaska and across the nation." Political representatives in the Republican Party use these phrases with as much alacrity and certainly more gusto. Indeed, the Virginia GOP in particular has turned the utterance of such phrases into a fine art that awes as much as it infuriates.

Apparently, drilling or investing, cutting or building all inherently create jobs, maybe even thousands of them. The economic genies must therefore be fast at work for many politicians who pull the "job creation" or "economic development" card out of their hats. That is, these individuals throw out job numbers and economic figures appendixed upon proposals like the Keystone XL pipeline or drilling in the "Artic frontier" without offering the first shred of evidence to substantiate their sometimes wild or slightly exaggerated claims (or if they do provide evidence, it has become increasing industry-based). Perhaps they truly believe the almighty free hand of capitalism will swiftly come in to save the day, or maybe they are merely cynical politicians and government bureaucrats. However, the end result is usually the same.  

Progressive86 :: Evidence Prerequisite: Job Creation & Economic Development Claims
In reality, the actual jobs created by such dubious projects that fall along the lines of the Keystone XL pipeline, mining for uranium, or drilling in Alaska are difficult to estimate and far less impressive than their advocates and dupes make them out to be. Of the jobs that are created, their duration may often be short-term, measured in the months and years and not decades. Moreover, relative to other major occupational groups tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (you know, another "socialist" arm of the federal government), "Construction and Extraction Occupations" fall low on the totem pole in terms of the percentage of workers whose wage range start at $28.75.

The question must therefore be asked, is any job a "good" job or are some better than others? The answer may be obvious, but to hear some politicians speak, it's as if any job was the pick of the litter. Doctor, plumber, janitor, it makes no difference, right, a job's a job? The imagination and acumen of our nation's political "leaders" has gone by the wayside, particularly within one political party.

Not every job is created equal and the jobs that we seek to create now will have ramifications for the most important sectors and their respective jobs that our country is able to fill in the future. For instance, where are the calls for math and science related jobs? Presumably, if a greater emphasis was placed on entering career-fields that emphasize these skills, America would be better able to confront the increasing information and technologically advanced temporal sphere that is the future. It would therefore create more jobs!

I do not have perfect knowledge or information. I can only report on what I see and hear. And what I see and hear is the unimaginative and politically spineless clarion calls for "Keystone XL job creation" and the supposedly numerous jobs of economic endeavors like uranium mining in southern Virginia. No one is arguing that these jobs are not much needed in Southside VA or throughout the country, but our economic future is not digging holes in the ground to extract toxic and nonrenewable sources of energy. Our economic future is in information, math, science, and technology. In sum then, not only should government bureaucrats and politicians be obligated to release evidence to back up their "job creation" and "economic development/growth" claims, they should also be hamstrung into creating jobs for the future.  

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But, but, but, but, but.... (0.00 / 0)
...tax cuts for rich people trickle down to create jobs, and so do unpaid-for wars and culture wars. Oh wait, they don't? But that's what Eric Can'tor told me, you mean he was lying to me AGAIN?!? I mean, who can you trust these days? Heh.

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and, and, and... (0.00 / 0)
Ronald Reagan never raised taxes!

But please, don't take it from me, take it from Cantor's press secretary!

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Just because something factually happened doesn't mean (0.00 / 0)
it actually happened, or is acknowledged to have happened in the reptilian brains of Grover et al.

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we have now, in the year 2012, (0.00 / 0)
to erase the idea that facts are truly facts. In the bubble that is the Republican Party, let there be truth in non-truth!

Secondly, let's all wear sweater vests. Seriously.  

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Which is more horrifying? (0.00 / 0)
1) The Republican assault on reason?
2) Sweater vests on Rick Santorum?

Ugh.

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It's hard to say, (0.00 / 0)
I think the first leads into the second :]

Progressive86

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Santorum says Obama's agenda not "based on the Bible" (0.00 / 0)
Seriously, Santorum is an unabashed theocrat/Dominionist. Amazing that a kook like this can be leading the polls for a major party's presidential nomination in America, circa 2012. Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot?!?

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Absolutely Astounding. (0.00 / 0)
If Romney and Santorum have a "God-off," it's going to get even more interesting as voters attempt to decide who sleeps more comfortably with the Bible under their pillows.

Walter Shapiro gives Rick Santorum's book, It Takes a Family, a very close read and concludes Santorum is a paradox.

"On one level, he is a thoughtful conservative, wearing his erudition on his sleeve, bragging in his book about working with Senate Democrats (even Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton) to sponsor legislation that tried to achieve liberal goals through conservative institutions like the church and traditional families. But then, a few pages later, Santorum goes all fire and brimstone as he writes: 'Conservatives trust families and the ordinary Americans that are formed by them. Liberals don't. They border on disdain for the common man.'"

Progressive86


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Dilemma (0.00 / 0)
In that case, Willard has a dilemma: Does he sleep with a Bible under his pillow or the Book of Mormon?

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Nope (0.00 / 0)
The book of mormon is the bible.

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Nope (0.00 / 0)
No. The Church of Latter Day Saints recognizes two "sacred texts." The Bible and the Book of Mormon written by Joseph Smith, who said he was led by the Angel Moroni to golden tablets and the spectacles that enabled him to "decode" the tablets. (The Book of Mormon makes fascinating reading...very strange but fascinating.)

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Well, (0.00 / 0)
before we get carried away about which book Romney will be sleeping with, I didn't mean to cause offense with that statement. I do find it HIGHLY disturbing that the fusion of religion and politics has become so open and, I dare say, required of Republican politicians.  

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