Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New GOP Chair Michael Steele Gets Gummed Up on Government

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.

"Not in the history of mankind has the government ever created a job," Steele said.

Over at Talking Points Memo, our friend Josh Marshall responds:

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?

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.

Video below:


Maria said...

Um, on could also argue that his job is created by Government. Just saying...

Tulsan said...

Oh, come now, Maria, mainstream media has learned not to avoid making such pointed observations. Shouldn't you be as polite?

Maria said...

I was being polite. Mainstream media is afraid to ruffle feathers.

Tulsan said...

Oops, meant to say MSM has learned TO avoid making such pointed observations.

They aren't afraid to give us the bird though.

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