Michael Steele, the new chair of the Republican Party, is already spouting nonsense. Speaking on CNN yesterday, Steele argued that business, not government, creates all the jobs, every single one of them.
Over at Talking Points Memo, our friend Josh Marshall responds:
Then there's this tiny exception to Steele's blanket pronouncement: Steele is the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, which is, of course, a government job.
Has Steele ever heard of government road building? Defense spending? NASA? We don't even need to get into the many ways that government spending on many things has spin-off effects in terms of heightened economic productivity either because of technological innovation or transportation efficiencies, or whatever. How we doing on the spending on research and initial deployment that created the Internet?