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Is it the Government’s Job to Create Jobs?

By Elizabeth Robinson

In a recent campaign speech, presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for pushing his agenda on healthcare when the economy is in such dire straits. “The President’s responsibility is to put people back to work, and to get people out of poverty, and to help people have good jobs and have prospects for a brighter tomorrow,” said Romney. Even President Obama has said that it is his task to create jobs and stimulate the economy.

And it seems most average Americans believe this rhetoric; after all, somebody should do something to get us out of this mess. Certainly, there are people in our nation and our state who truly need help. But is it really the job of the president or other politicians to create jobs?

Frequently those wishing to exert political control over the economy use moral arguments to win support by helping the less fortunate through government programs, having the rich pay their fair share or acting on behalf of the common good. But the fruits of the government’s actions for the “common welfare” have potentially devastating results.

Government intervention, even for the purported sake of the common good, completely ignores the idea of personal responsibility and the fact that every bailout, stimulus, and over-broad regulation has led us to where we are now: continued high unemployment, little investor confidence, and nearly $16 trillion in debt.

Government job creation in the private sector is a convenient political myth supported by Republicans and Democrats alike. The only job that the government may directly create will be a job funded by the public. And there are a finite number of employees needed to execute the legitimate functions of government. When the economy is struggling, directly engaging in government “job creation” creates an even greater economic drag by burdening the taxpayer with higher debt or more taxes.

Renowned twentieth century Austrian economist and Nobel Laureate Friedrich Hayek asserts in his 1944 book, Road to Serfdom, that it is the government’s responsibility to create an atmosphere in which competition will thrive. The government does not create jobs. In fact, the government often does an exceptional job of inhibiting private sector growth.

Some politicians may argue that “job creation” means they bring business to the state or country or that they create favorable conditions for businesses to operate. If so, the rhetoric is misleading at best. Businesses locate where they receive the most significant economic advantage, and creating positive conditions is a far cry from directly putting someone on a private payroll.

No person or group of people has enough information to make the decisions which would enable them to truly improve the economy through planning and control. As such, planned economic programs will only remove economic liberty and enforce the ideals of the political elites on the lifestyle and employment that is best for all. Instead, the president and anyone aspiring to political office should remember that individuals make economic decision; individuals are able to most effectively make decisions that impact them and their families; and ultimately, enterprising individuals generate wealth and create new jobs.

Elizabeth Robinson is a policy analyst and the grant coordinator for the Alabama Policy Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the preservation of free markets, limited government and strong families, which are indispensable to a prosperous society.

Moscow Demogrpahic Summit Declaration, Aimed at Survival of the Family

The international pro-family Moscow Demographic Summit was held in June of 2011. The purpose of the Summit was to discuss the immanent problems of population decline. The following statement is is consensus solutions.

We, participants of the Moscow Demographic Summit, representing families from various social, ethnic and religious communities, leading experts in the field of the family and demography, public activists, NGOs, leaders of parents associations, representatives of the leading business, educational and diplomatic institutions, members of national Governments and Parliaments and other responsible forces of the civil society, representing 65 countries of the world, hereby declare that the Natural Family is the basic unit of society and the fundamental social value, that is a necessary prerequisite for the very existence of world civilizations and the whole humankind. The Natural Family is a necessary condition with no alternatives for survival and stable/sustainable development of all nations and states, basic and integral condition for the demographic well-being.

With reference to the objective and widely accepted scientific data and forecasts of the leading demographers, we express our deep concern about the dangers of the approaching worldwide depopulation. Despite wrong and biased information about “overpopulation” threat promoted by some mass media and international institutions, in reality already for several decades in a row we have been witnessing a global process of demographic degradation. In recent years this dynamic has assumed a threatening scale and magnitude. As a consequence of the global decrease in fertility below the replacement level (2.1 – 2.2), 42% of all humankind live in the countries where even simple replacement of old generations is not taking place. This destructive process of swift drop of fertility and birth rates has swept all the continents on our planet. In the nearest historical period, the negative demographic trends can bring about extinction of whole peoples, destruction of States, and disappearance of unique cultures and civilizations. Even according to conservative estimates by the UN, within next three decades, the total fertility rate will go down below the population replacement level all over the world. In reality, it can happen much earlier, thus making the whole world community face the unprecedented social and historical problem of humankind survival.

We are alarmed by the fact that the family institution is in a state of grave social crisis which consists in the destruction of universal family, conjugal and parental roles based on traditional family values; in the disruption of the reproductive function of the family; in an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS, caused by the imposition of contraceptive thinking (in terms of safe sex) and destructive premarital and extramarital sex patterns; in widespread divorce; in the spreading of cohabitation without marriage; in increasing numbers of single-parent families; a wave of social deviations (abortions, homosexuality, paedophilia, drug addiction, refusal of marriage and childbearing (the child-free phenomenon), prostitution, pornography, etc.); disruption of the process of socialization of young generations; cutting of ties among relatives and alienation of different generations within one family, etc.

We call on the governments of all nations and on international institutions to develop immediately a pro-family demographic policy and to adopt a special international pro-family strategy and action plan aimed at consolidating family and marriage, protecting human life from conception to natural death, increasing birth rate, and averting the menace of depopulation. Nowadays, in most countries of the world, against the backdrop of devaluation of family values, the rights of the family are prejudiced in the information space, in the legal and socioeconomic spheres.

We also insist on putting an end to interference with private life of the family under the pretexts of so-called “family planning”; “protection of the rights of the child”, and “gender equality”. We consider it inadmissible to continue the policy of birth control, regarding this policy as one of the greatest threats to the survival of humankind and as a means of incursive discrimination against the family. Every family has the right of reproductive choice, inviolability of family life and bringing up their children in harmony with the culture and traditions of a specific country. Parents have absolute primary and priority right to support, bring up and educate their children.

We call on public associations, religious communities, entrepreneurs, media workers, and all people of good will to get involved in combating the above-mentioned threats that destroy family and marriage.

We support people and government of Hungary in its desire to protect natural family values and inviolability of human life since conception, that are declared in the new Constitution of Hungary. We support with one voice the definition of the family given below and codified in the final document of the Dialogue of Civilizations World Public Forum that took place on 7–11 October 2010 on the Greek island of Rhodes, and we urge that this definition be given an official international status.

Family is the basic unit (first element) of society with the following inherent characteristics:

1. Union of man and woman (according to Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the UN General Assembly on 10 December 1948);

2. Voluntary nature of entry into marriage;

3. Co-residence of the spouses;

4. Joint household management;

5. Entry into marriage through a procedure of social recognition in the form of State registration of marriage and/or the relevant religious rite;

6. Wish to give birth to, socialize, and bring up children. Family is also a sine qua non demographic condition for the existence, reproduction and sustainable development of civilizations. The mother and the father have, inalienably and in conformity with human nature, the fundamental, priority and primary rights and duties to directly educate, bring up, protect and provide comprehensive spiritual, moral and psychological support to their children.

7. Indissolubility of marriage – initial mutual intention of the spouses to be together for life despite any difficulties of life.