Today, I saw an interview with a young lady of the “Millennial” generation. She was being interviewed about who she, and those of her generation, liked for the next US President. Who she liked is not of importance to this article, that is not what this is about. She named a candidate and said the reason she liked this candidate was that “he would make the most jobs” for her and her countrymen.
Well, excuse me, but I disagree. Jobs, or rather, work or business is very important to me. But, even though it is a very important and interesting topic, I do not believe that ANY Presidential candidate from either party is going to create any jobs! I don’t want any of them to create any jobs, and I really don’t think they can create jobs anyway. I guess I am not precisely correct on that… a President can create jobs… he or she can create government jobs! But, in my opinion, government jobs are not really real, they are just a transfer of money from one person to another. Jobs are created by businesses, or by one’s self if they are self-employed.
I recently talked about the Gig-Economy here on this site. I love the idea of the gig economy, I have lived it for 20+ years, even before there was such a thing as the gig economy. I want a President who creates an economy where I can make plenty of money. That does not mean “making jobs,” it means creating a positive business atmosphere in the country, which by extension creates a positive business atmosphere across much of the world. I want a President and a Congress, from whatever political party, to put laws and policies in place that make it easy to do business. Such policies are good for any person who wants to make money, be it as a self-employed person, a Giger, or a laborer who works for some other business. If the employer is able to get more business deals, it makes more jobs for the workers!
My view is that it is not possible, and certainly not the job of a President to create government jobs, but it is a prime responsibility of any office holder to create the type of environment or attitude in the country that makes it likely for businesses and entrepreneurs to offer more jobs!
So, for me, my request to any person running for office is to please present a plan that will create a positive atmosphere for job availability. After that, just get out of my way and let me create my own jobs. Let me talk to other business people and work out deals with them, where they will hire me for a gig and let me do the work. Let’s forget about wanting a President who “makes” jobs, because it can’t be done, and shouldn’t be tried. Just do things that make more work possible (and likely).
What do you think?