Column: Politicians want public to think they create jobs, lower unemployment




Governors and mayors normally talk as if they are personally responsible for bringing jobs to their states and communities. This is nonsense. Outside of jobs with the government itself, elected officials have little to do with employment decisions.

Tens of thousands of private-  sector decision makers are in control. The best elected officials can do is blow the horn for their home areas, as Gov. Mike Pence is doing with his 15-second ads on a Times Square digital billboard.

It is, however, in the nature of things that politicians will pose and prance as if their programs were the decisive factors in increasing employment. None of them will admit the possibility that those same actions could be the reason for unemployment.

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