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.