Why do conservatives argue that the government does not create jobs?

They argue that government spending does not create jobs or stimulate the economy. They argue that only private sector jobs stimulate the economy. However, my personal life experience indicates otherwise. As many of you know, I owned a manufacturing company. Many of my contracts were government contracts to make parts for aircraft, trains, and many other products. This is government spending that actually stimulated the local economy. ALL of the other business owners I know make money from government contracts. Whether it is a service contract with the GSA, or a military contract to make spare parts, the private sector benefits tremendously from government spending. Furthermore it isn't limited to federal government spending. The local police and fire department also spend money. When they buy new police cars, they spend money to get the cars retrofitted with lights, decals, and interior renovations. This work often goes towards local private businesses. Local schools issue contracts to local companies for general upkeep, from landscaping and maintenance to supplies and renovations. Government contracts are issued to clean the carpets, paint the walls, and maintain the HVAC. Not only that, but government employees spend the money they earn. They have salaries and they spend, which stimulates the local economy. Government employees do not hoard money in their mattresses. Government employees buy houses, cars, and home supplies, just like you and me. If we stop government spending, like conservatives want, then we lose all these contracts and jobs. If we ship all these things to the private sector, then they become more expensive because the private corporation needs to add money for their profit so the owner can become a billionaire, so privatizing everything will result in higher costs. In short, government contracts already produce billions in stimulus. I don't need a television or radio personality to tell me how government spending helps local businesses. I see it all the time. QUESTION: Despite direct observational evidence, why do Republican conservatives continually state that government spending creates no jobs? Also keep in mind, that government spending MUST by LAW be on American companies, while private sector companies continuously ship our jobs overseas. So government spending = only on American companies. Private corporate spending = jobs in China or India where labor is cheaper. Why would private sector spending help more than government spending?

Asked By: BigBubbaLove - 8/2/2010
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Conversely, these same erroneous right-wing Republicans (following Grover Norquist's nutty ideas about government---he actually advocates running up HUGE deficits as a way of "cutting spending" and "shrinking government"!) also INSIST that their foolish revenue-depleting, deficit-causing tax CUTS for the wealthiest 1.5... More
Answered By: Armchair Goddess #1 - 8/2/2010
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No, no, no. C'mon you can trust big-business. They promise they won't do it again.
Answered By: Cob Bollum - 8/2/2010
The government can create jobs. But taking from one citizen and giving it to another does not create wealth or help the economy.
Answered By: l3ecarefulhere - 8/2/2010
Republicans don't want the government to completely stop spending, but what you are saying is the govt should run private businesses out of business and that is completely wrong!
Answered By: misty19492000 - 8/2/2010
Both Political parties tax . Republicans sure taxed my small business . The Tax's we pay into the Government should benefit the people here in the USA. It is our money why not invest it in our people for a change . So I agree with you 100%.
Answered By: bluechristy - 8/2/2010
but you do not work for the goverment you are just a contractor,nice try!
Answered By: tom the plumber - 8/2/2010
We don't. We argue that the private sector creates far more. Government jobs take our money and merely recycle it, creating no real growth. The private sector creates jobs and through manufacturing and trade pull in revenue not only domestically, but internationally. Never in the history of the world has a government... More
Answered By: RitchWilliams - 8/2/2010
government jobs dont count,we want less government not more.
Answered By: Obama Lied - 8/2/2010
The government can not create more then 10% of the jobs needed and that is a generous this question fails as well as it is biased,The gov. does not manage money well so why would you want them to have more power over a sick economy.Do liberals even think before they talk?
Answered By: liberals sequestered from truth - 8/2/2010
NO... More
Answered By: Mo - 8/2/2010
It comes from a better understanding of economics... More
Answered By: How_Would_I_Know - 8/2/2010
Let Me think a minute. Because it dont.
Answered By: Sam Burns - 8/2/2010
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