When are we going to see a jobs bill?


This is a talking point I am constantly hearing from Dems still seated in the US House of Representatives.  I want to just smack them on the head and tell them the answer is “never” as long as the GOP is in the majority here. Since January 20, 2009 until January 3, 2011, there has been nothing but new government jobs being created. In the WSJ, Steven Moore wrote a column, We’ve Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers, about how excessive our country has become with government workers instead of manufacturing workers. The table below gives examples of several states and their ratios:

Ratio of government worker to manufacturing worker State
>6 | 1 New Mexico
>6 | 1 Wyoming
>3 | 1 Florida
>3 | 1 New York
2.5 | 1 New Jersey
2 | 1 California
>1 | 1 Michigan (world’s auto capital at one time)
>1 | 1 Pennsylvania (world’s steel capital at one time)
>1 | 1 40 States
<1 | 1 Indiana
<1 | 1 Wisconsin

Indiana and Wisconsin can be proud of having more manufacturing workers than government workers, but seeing a conservative state like Wyoming with that ratio of government workers to manufacturing workers is heart breaking. Perhaps they are mostly federal bureaucrat bloodsuckers in there to prevent land in Wyoming from being used to produce oil. I wish Steven Moore had provided a link to the raw data so I could see more details from the other states. I did find a couple of charts from an Oregon website. In looking at the charts do keep in mind the point Mr Moore made.

The simple truth is that our nation is on the wrong track, and it has been on the wrong track for a long time. So how is it possible to get back on the path to prosperity? Cornelius Vanderbilt had this answer:

He was very successful, as he had built a reputation for himself as a reliable boatman and for charging lower fares than his competitors. During the war of 1812, he got the contract to supply the six forts around New York City and made a handsome profit from this. It was during this time that he got the name ‘Commodore’ as he was in command of the biggest schooner on the Hudson River.

James J. Hill had his answer:

Hill was not a selfish man but instead one who used his business skills to develop the best railroad network possible. His railroads went from the Great Lakes to the Puget Sound and from Canada to the South. As his railroads grew, he extended his empire across the Pacific to the Orient. Hill’s railroads were impressive in length, growth rate, and revenue.

John D. Rockefeller had his answer:

Rockefeller’s personal life was fairly simple. He was a man of few passions who lived for his work, and his great talent was his organizing genius and drive for order, pursued with great single-mindedness and concentration. His life was absorbed by business and family (wife Laura and four children), and later by organized giving. He created order, efficiency, and planning with extraordinary success and sweeping vision.

Charles M. Schwab had his answer.

To diversify the company, Schwab, known by most as Charlie (he is unrelated to the discount brokerage by the same name) was interested in producing a wideflange steel beam in the shape of an H. It was a risky venture that required building a new mill to make an unproven product.

“I’ve thought the whole thing over,” Schwab told his secretary, “and if we are going bust, we will go bust big.”

In 1908, Bethlehem Steel began producing the beam that revolutionized building construction and made possible the age of the skyscraper. It also made Bethlehem Steel the second-largest steel company in the world.

Henry Ford had his answer.

Henry Ford realized he’d need a more efficient way to mass produce cars in order to lower the price. He looked at other industries and found four principles that would further their goal: interchangeable parts, continuous flow, division of labor, and reducing wasted effort. Ford put these principles into play gradually over five years, fine-tuning and testing as he went along. In 1913, they came together in the first moving assembly line ever used for large-scale manufacturing. Ford produced cars at a record-breaking rate.

You may have noticed that not one of these great American entrepreneurs was looking for any answers that had anything to do with the US House of Representatives.  We can get back on track toward prosperity once we cease and desist from growing a bigger, and more meddlesome bureaucracy of government workers.

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I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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April 4, 2011 9:05 pm

This is the kind of history that many of us learned a long time ago, but has been pushed back in our memory because of the constant drumbeat about the ‘evil CEO’s’, the CEo’s making too much money, Big Bad Oil, yadda yadda Unfortunately, our children and grandchildren probably only have a faint awareness that America was actually *built* because if it happened before 1970, it got crowded out by The Environment or Diversity.

April 5, 2011 3:06 pm

You forgot the parts about how the government spurred these folks into making their advances. You know, the way the government paid Orville and Wilbur to build their plane, the way the gov’t paid Alexander Graham Bell to invent the telephone… Nothing happens without the benevolent hand of gov’t at the reins. /snark

Mike gamecock DeVine
April 6, 2011 6:39 pm

One of your best pil’. The size of governments in the U.S. is grotesque.