Florida Governor Scott’s 700,000 jobs

August Jobs Report

Gaining on our losses

Why no one can take credit for job creation: everyone claims credit for job creation.

The president of the United States claims credit for all jobs created in the U.S.

Each Congress person claims credit for all jobs created in their district.

Every governor claims credit for all jobs created in their state, as do county commissioners, mayors, city councils, economic development groups and chambers of commerce for their locale.

Oh, and let’s not forget that business owner who actually hired someone to fill a new job.

Let’s be careful moving forward how we attribute credit for job creation.

A restaurant may have hired another waiter because a new apartment building opened next door, or a foreign auto manufacturer may have opened a new assembly plant near a profitable source of cheap American labor.

So, before we heap job-creation credits upon those who claim them, let’s look a little more deeply into the actual causalities.

Our goal is to learn from what works, and we can’t do that if we just attribute those causes to specious claims.

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen

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