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This article highlights perfectly the difference between the DFL’s philosophy on creating jobs vs. the Republicans’ philosophy. Keith Ellison’s words should be enshrined in the RNC’s advertisements starting today and running through Election Day, 2012:

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) tells MSNBC regulations create jobs because a business will have to hire people to help them comply with the new requirement.

“I think the answer is no,” Ellison said when asked if he believes regulations kill jobs. “And here is why: When we talked about increasing fuel efficiency standards, the industry responded, and they need engineers and designers and manufacturers, and they need actually more people to help respond to the new requirement.”

“I believe if the government says, look, we have got to reduce our carbon footprint, you will kick into gear a whole number of people that know how to do that or have ideas about that, and that will be a job engine. I understand what you mean, because if anything adds a cost to a business, you could assume that that will diminish that business’s ability to hire. But I don’t think that’s actually right. I think what businesses want is customers and what, if they are selling product, if they have a product to sell they will do well even if they have some new regulations to meet,” the Congressman said.

That’s stunning. Rep. Ellison admits that regulations force businesses to hire people to comply with regulations fought for by militant environmentalists and Wall Street interests. He didn’t say that the regulations were essential. He didn’t say that the regulations would improve life for Main Street.

More importantly, what he’s admitting is that progressives are interested in creating jobs that feed the bureaucratic beast rather than creating jobs that add value to the economy. Why wouldn’t we want to free up capital to innovate and create manufacturing jobs?

Without capital being freed up for productive uses, dynamic economies won’t exist.

According to Rep. Ellison’s own words, he isn’t worried about freeing up capital to innovate and manufacture. Every penny spent on complying with a bureaucrat is capital that can’t be spent on manufacturing products that make life better for Americans.

Rep. Ellison talks about hiring engineers to help design cars that comply with the federal government’s regulations. What Rep. Ellison didn’t talk about is how the federal government’s regulations drove up the cost of those cars.

People can’t afford Rep. Ellison’s recipe for creating jobs. Dynamic economies aren’t built on regulatory excesses. They never have been. If Rep. Ellison had done his homework, he would’ve known that. Instead, he’s wedded to his progressive ideology.

Thankfully, the American people are running out progressives who’ve taken a bad economy and made it worse. Thanks to their votes, Rep. Ellison’s voice will be more irrelevant in 2013 than it currently is. 2012 won’t be pretty for Democrats at any level.

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5 Responses to “Keith Ellison makes an ass of himself”

  • eric z says:

    What would John Galt say? About Mitt? About Ellison?

    Where is John Galt’s America, among the GOP hopeful?

    If it is not Ron Paul, it is nobody. Romney is from the pack of unproductive manipulators John Galt both dispised and pitied. Romney could not run a steel mill although he could figure how to manipulate its stock.

    Would Rick Perry, or Rick Santorum or Santorum’s separated-at-birth sister, Michele, resonate with John Galt? Unlikely.

  • eric z says:

    Another unrelated thought, Gary, who’s the candidate to run against Klobuchar? Andy at Residual Forces wants Bachmann to do it or to get to work on CD6 because Bachmann’s leaving a lot of other CD6 GOP folks straddling a should-I fence. Is there any truth to Emmer vs. Amy? What about Brodkorb stepping out of the shadows and having a go? Kline will not, Paulsen’s not been asked.

    Who you gonna call, Ghostbusters?

    Finally, is there any truth from inside the GOP, to “draft Rubio” rumors? Is he sitting like Tim, looking at the second ticket spot? Any info, or notions?

  • Rose says:

    AGAIN STILL>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Bob J. says:

    I’ll give you a hint, Eric. I’m no Libertarian, but Galt, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, is nowhere to be found in Republican leadership, which does a great job in helping you Destructocrats spend us into bankruptcy.

    We’ve tried every economic theory there is — including Barack Obama’s economic fascism — except true conservative theory as espoused by Hayek and von Mises.

    That’s why there’s a civil war inside the Republican Party. If conservatives don’t win it, you’ll run out of other people’s money to waste. So perhaps you’d better root for a little Galt yourself.

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