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Taxpayers should fund our job growth
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Dear Editor,
All these congressmen keep talking about “job creators,” and how vital it is to not tax those folks, because they might stop “creating” jobs. What they are really saying is the richest people in the United States (who, none of them, actually “create” any job at all) would rather hold on to as much cash as they can, and they’re the ones who pay to keep our elected people in government — to make sure that’s the case.
In the private sector, “jobs” rarely, if ever, “get created.”
“Work” has to come first.
Demand for whatever product or service we’re talking about goes up. The “work” is created because a company gets more orders for the stuff they make.
Then when they don’t have enough people to fill those orders, they hire another person or two, reluctantly in most cases, to do the work. They didn’t “create” anything, except maybe a help-wanted ad.
Generally speaking, the only “job creators” the world has ever known are governments.
Not the private sector, but the public sector.
We can decide we need more policemen, firemen, teachers, park-workers, soldiers, sailors, school-builders, to make our lives and our kids lives better.
We can decide we want to create a job, or a million jobs, simply because, well, we as a people choose to. 
Private businesses hire people to keep up with their customers’ demand for whatever they’re selling.  “Jobs” are not the goal, they are a byproduct of their search for more profit.
Nothing wrong with that, but it won’t make a job without outside help. 
Governments, however, can say, “we’re going to build a road,” or “we’re going to build a new bridge,” or “we are going to plant rows of trees in Kansas to keep our topsoil from blowing into the Atlantic Ocean.”
And governments then say, “we’re hiring 100,000 people, or 2 million people, to get it done.”
That’s “job creation!”
The natural fact is, a paycheck going to a public sector employee for planting those trees gets cashed and spent for the goods and services provided by a private sector company.
And when the paychecks get spent, those private sector companies need to put other people on to handle the demand, and then those new private sector employees start getting a paycheck, which they also spend. But the private sector company didn’t “create” those jobs or the money to cover those paychecks.
 Plus, if we’re talking about construction projects, schools, bridges, roads, then we’re talking about cement companies, steel fabricators, truck manufacturers, and lots more that are forced to add employees.
That’s basically how Franklin Roosevelt got us out of the soup kitchens in the 1930’s. 
I, for one, hoped president Obama would follow the same trail because it does really get us somewhere better.
What we need to do now is start re-hiring at the municipal, state and federal level.
We need to start construction projects that need people. And not just road workers but teachers, policemen and firemen. And that will take money, but we need to stop being afraid of succeeding, and of the “debt,” because the debt will go away fast with lots of new jobs. Besides, there’s three quarters of a trillion dollars just waiting to be collected, by bringing back the tax rates from the year 2000 for the top 2 percent richest Americans. They’ve been doing great for the past 10 years. 
In a way, that would actually make them “job creators” for once.
I loved my father, Henry Grow, very much, for many reasons but one especially: he was so wise. And my father told me many times to “never yell whoa in a horse race.” Well, the U.S.A. is in the horse race of our lives and now is not the time to yell “whoa.” Now’s the time to smack that pony in the rear and yell “giddyap.”
John Grow,
Great Bend