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Skills Deficit Makes ‘Creating Jobs’ a Pipe Dream

Charles Wheelan PhD 29 January 2008 No Comment

I have a naïve request for the balance of the presidential campaign: I don’t want to hear any candidate say one more thing about “creating jobs” or “bringing back jobs” or doing anything with the word “jobs” in it.

That might seem strange at a time when the economy is teetering on the brink of recession, and has eclipsed Iraq as the No. 1 issue on many voters’ minds.

Here’s my reason: Other than during the depths of the Great Depression, the government doesn’t “create jobs.” (World War II created most of the jobs then anyway, and I’m not sure that’s the direction we should go.) Instead, a sensible government should help to create a skilled workforce and a decent business climate. If it does that, the jobs will take care of themselves.

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