President Obama has made government job-creation programs a centerpiece of his administration. Whether we’re talking about all the “stimulus” spending or his government “investment” in green jobs boondoggles, President Obama’s actions clearly paint a picture of a man who believes that jobs are created by government.
Yet, in his closing statement during last night’s debate, President Obama said that’s not what he believes. “I think a lot of this campaign, maybe over the last four years, has been devoted to this notion that I think government creates jobs, that that somehow is the answer,” said the President. “That’s not what I believe. I believe that the free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity the world has ever known.”
He went on: “I believe in self-reliance and individual initiative.”
That doesn’t sound like the President Obama we’ve come to know over the last four years. That sounds like, well, Rush Limbaugh.
If Obama doesn’t believe that government creates jobs, then how do you explain the case his administration made for the stimulus spending spree? Their argument was that government spending would, in turn, create jobs. Remember “jobs created or saved?”
The bedrock foundation of Obama’s economic policies is that government creates jobs, and now he’s saying that’s not something he actually believes? Four years of bad policy later, it seems President Obama is trying to pretend he’s someone he is not on economic policy.