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Reader's View: Government can and does create thousands of jobs

How many times have you heard the GOP proclaim, "Government doesn't create jobs?" Let us count the ways. How many towns, cities and counties are there in the 50 states? In these governmental units how many administration officials, support staff,...

How many times have you heard the GOP proclaim, "Government doesn't create jobs?"

Let us count the ways.

How many towns, cities and counties are there in the 50 states? In these governmental units how many administration officials, support staff, fire and police personnel, state troopers, highway department workers, teachers, school-support personnel, maintenance workers, regulator officials and librarians are there? The list goes on, and the numbers actually stager the imagination. The question is not whether there are too many or too few, but how many jobs are created by the very being of government.

Let us look at the federal government. How many jobs are there in the administrative, legislative and judicial branches? Let us not forget the armed services: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. All their jobs are due to the existence of government.

Now the big kicker because every building, road, bridge, piece of military equipment, bit of military supplies, desk, chair, vehicle, ship, airplane and more that the government contracted with private businesses to supply created jobs in the private sector. How many private-sector jobs are there just to support local, state and federal governments?

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Recently, the Obama administration asked Congress to provide money (and I understand the cost was paid for and wouldn't have added to the debt) to rehire laid-off teachers, firefighters and police and to rebuild our infrastructure, which is sadly in need of repair. This stimulus, as supported by more than 80 percent of the nation's economists, would have saved and added jobs that are needed because the private sector hasn't stepped up. What did Republicans do? They killed it.

If you believe government

doesn't create jobs, then most assuredly you're a Republican and do not want to be confused by facts.

Burleigh K. Rapp

Hermantown

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