Constitutional Libertarianism

Constitutional Libertarianism

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Create Opportunities, Not Jobs

One of the worst things, in my opinion, a politician can do is promise to create jobs.

It's not the government's place or area of responsibility to create jobs.  It's not even private businesses responsibility to create jobs.  Job creation in business is a consequence of achievement.

A business does not create jobs to get people working.  A business creates jobs because it has things it needs to achieve to make a product or effect a service for which purpose it is doing business.

As a matter of fact, the jobs the business can create to accomplish the most results is the ideal.  Fewer employees getting more done is more efficient and profitable.    Which is, of course, one of the main reasons to be in business, to be profitable.

Businesses do not "owe" people jobs.  Government is not obligated to create jobs.  In actuality, the fewer employees the government has, the more cost effective and efficient it is.  The government is obligated to do only what is absolutely necessary to achieve the tasks designated to it by the Constitution.  Anything beyond that is up the the private sector.

So, if businesses are not obligated to create jobs and government is not obligated to create jobs, then who is?  Each individual, that's who.  Every one is responsible for finding or creating their own means of making a living.

That can be by way of self employment or by making yourself useful in a particular desirable skill set to those who have businesses which require hiring people to achieve goals and meet customer demand.

If a politician is going to promise anything, it should be to help create marketplaces open and accessible to everyone, reduce, eliminate unnecessary regulations and enforce legitimate contracts, agreements and being an impartial referee to ensure that unethical business practices are reduced or eliminated.

Currently, the government actually makes things harder for people to be self sufficient.  Unnecessary regulations obstruct achievement.  Licencing is a means to support crony capitalism, enables monopolies and prevents access and competition in the marketplace.

Politicians and the government need to focus on ensuring free markets access, opportunities for people to employ and sustain themselves and be a defender and adjudicator of ethical business practices.

Don't create jobs, create opportunities for individuals to achieve.