ROOT Column Goes National! Barack Obama: The great jobs killer

Real Clear Politics puts Root Article on front page:

The current occupant of the White House claims to know how to create jobs. He claims jobs have been created. But so far the score is Great Obama Depression 2.2 million lost jobs, Obama 0 — a blowout.

Obama is as hopeless, helpless, clueless and bankrupt of good ideas as the manager of the Chicago Cubs in late September. This “community organizer” knows as much about private-sector jobs as Pamela Anderson knows about nuclear physics.

Full article at the Las Vegas Review-Journal .

46 thoughts on “ROOT Column Goes National! Barack Obama: The great jobs killer

  1. John Jay Myers

    I fixed it ; )

    WAYNE ALLYN ROOT: Big Government: The great jobs killer
    As former President Ronald Reagan might have said, “Big Government, there you go again.”
    The current occupant of the White House claims to know how to create jobs. He claims jobs have been created. But so far the score is Great Big Government Depression 2.2 million lost jobs, Big Government 0 — a blowout.
    Big Government is as hopeless, helpless, clueless and bankrupt of good ideas as the manager of the Chicago Cubs in late September. Big Government knows as much about private-sector jobs as Pamela Anderson knows about nuclear physics.
    It’s time to call Big Government what it is: The Great Jobs Killer. With massive spending and tax hikes — rewarding big government and big unions, while punishing taxpayers and business owners — Big Government has killed jobs, he has killed motivation to create new jobs, it has killed the motivation to invest in new businesses, or expand old ones. With all this killing, Big Government should be given the top spot on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.
    Meanwhile, it has kept the union workers of GM and Chrysler employed (with taxpayer money). It has made sure that most government employee union members got their annual raises for sleeping on the job (with taxpayer money). It has made sure that big government voters got handouts mislabeled as “tax cuts” even though they never paid taxes (with taxpayer money). And made sure that major campaign contributors collected billions off government stimulus (with taxpayer money).
    As far as the taxpayers — the people who actually take risks with our own money to create small businesses and jobs and pay most of the taxes — we require protection under the Endangered Species Act.
    You won’t find proof of the damage Big Government is doing on Wall Street, but rather on Main Street. My friends are all part of the economic engine of America: Small business. Small business creates 75 percent of new jobs (and a majority of all jobs). I called one friend who was a wealthy restaurant owner. He says business is off by 60 percent. He’s drowning in debt. He won’t last much longer. His wealth is gone.
    I called another friend in the business of home improvement. He says business is off 90 percent from two years ago. My contractor just filed personal bankruptcy. She won’t be building any more homes. The hair salon where I’ve had my hair cut for years closed earlier this year. Bankrupt. But here’s the clincher — ESPN Zone just closed all their restaurants across the country. If they can’t make it selling cheap food and overpriced beer with 100 big screens blaring every sporting event on the planet to a sports-crazed society, we are all in deep, deep trouble.
    I’ve polled all my friends who own small businesses — many of them in the Internet and high-tech fields. They all agree that in this new Big Government world of high business taxes, income taxes, payroll taxes, capital gains taxes, and workers compensation taxes, the key to success is to avoid employees. The only way to survive as a business owner today is by keeping the payroll very low and by hiring only independent contractors or part-time employees provided by temp agencies.
    The days of jobs in the private sector with big salaries, full benefits, and pensions are over. We’ve all seen where those kinds of jobs get you as a business owner — in Bankruptcy Court or surviving on government welfare like GM and Chrysler. Or in the case of government itself — completely insolvent, but surviving by ripping off taxpayers and fraudulently running printing presses at the Fed all day and night to print money by the trillions.
    Unfortunately, small businesses don’t have the power to impose taxes or print money. So unlike government, we’ll just have to cut employees and run lean and mean.
    It has now become clear that, outside of the burgeoning field of Census takers, there will be no major increase in new jobs for years to come. Outside government, Big Government has created a wasteland of economic ruin and depression that looks much like the landscape of Mel Gibson’s first movie “Mad Max.” Without a printing press in Big Government’s world, you’re just plain out of luck.
    The days of believing the Big Government propaganda about a jobs recovery are over. The trillion-dollar corporate handouts (neatly named “stimulus”) may have kept big business in the money for the past 18 months, and artificially propped up the stock market, but small business is the real canary in the coal mine.
    My small business-owning friends aren’t creating one job. Not one. They are shedding jobs. They are learning to do more with fewer employees. They are creating high-tech businesses that don’t need employees. And many business owners are making plans to leave the country. In a high-tech world where businesses can be run from anywhere, Big Government has a problem. Their one-trick pony — raise taxes, raise taxes, raising taxes — is chasing away the business owners he desperately needs to pay his bills.
    So who is going to pay Big Government’s taxes? Not its voters. They want government to pay them. Who is going to create Big Government’s jobs? Not its voters — they’ve never created a job in their lives.
    So what is Big Government going to do? Maybe they can get Pamela Anderson on the line.

  2. Aaron Starr

    At present, it’s the third item of the first column with the title: Obama: ‘The great jobs killer’…

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  4. Robert Milnes

    Root column goes international!
    Root column goes interplanetary!
    Root column goes interstellar!
    Who cares? It is still just dime a dozen rightist Root.

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  6. Robert Milnes

    Here is something important instead of wasting words on Root. I just saw on CNN that the woman who was convicted of adultery in Iran & got 5 years has been resentenced to death by stoning.
    There is an international effort to try to get this situation changed. As far as I am concerned regime change would be about right.
    Anyway, can you freedom lover libertarians try to help out here? This is about all I can do. A lousy comment in IPR.
    Because you assholes would rather waste time & energy on Root. & Barr. & ESPECIALLY Ron Paul. Instead of supporting me.

  7. JT

    Milnes: “Anyway, can you freedom lover libertarians try to help out here?”

    Absolutely. We libertarians have an enormous influence on the Iranian government. I know you want to be president of the USA, but would you consider getting your feet wet for a while as Ahmadinejad’s replacement?

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  10. LP watcher

    Can we set up a trust that will ship Milnes to Iran to fix their mess . . . please .

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  12. Michael H. Wilson

    Let’s see we don’t need no union votes. We got all the CEOs to vote fer us. We win!

  13. Robert Capozzi

    war: He has made sure that most government employee union members got their annual raises for sleeping on the job (with taxpayer money).

    me: While I would love to see the federal payroll (including contractors) decline, my fallback position is that they sleep on the job as much as possible.

    OK, OK, maybe not the silo operators and NORAD personnel and a few others, but overall I favor deadweight losses not do any ADDITIONAL damage to peace-loving taxpayers. 😉

    The image of bureaucrats sleeping at their desks makes for a less unpleasant dreamstate!

  14. AroundtheblockAFT

    Oveblown rhetoric which could stand some statistical support instead of anecdotes. This is preaching to the choir and indistinguishable from what many conservatives are saying. Readers want to know “who says?” and unemployment stats from DOL or even NFIB are more credible. And how and why does the Libertarian view differ from fiscal conservative views? Don’t we have something in the archives from twenty years ago where we can say “As LP presidential candidate Ron Paul warned in 1988,……?”

  15. George Phillies

    There is an actual graph of job losses versus month. It is in color, red for months when George Bush was President and blue for months in which Barack Obama was President.

    It is shaped like a V, complete with the tail on the right.

    The left side of the V is bright red. The right side is bright blue. The tail is above zero — job gains.

    The maximum job loss rate was just about at inauguration day.

    It was a Republican Great Recession.

    We might contrast with the Harding Depression, which people tend to forget because it was very short, because Harding followed libertarian approaches — he went to bed and let the market solve it.

  16. Michael H. Wilson

    Root may want to pay attention to all the crap the Obama people are getting from the teacher’s unions.

    Looks like Obama’s team has done more for school choice than any previous administration.

  17. Robert Capozzi

    gp, the downturn clearly happened on W’s watch. The “job loss” rate is only one stat, the unemployment rate another, the under and unemployment rate a third.

    Employment has worsened under Obama. Unlike other recoveries, most data I’ve seen show that this one is anemic. I’d say Obama and the Ds are largely responsible for exacerbating an already damaged economy.

    One thing’s for sure: The Ls had NOTHING to do with it! If we remain tiny and petty, that will continue to be the case.

  18. Charlie Earl

    No wonder we lack traction on the national stage. Our discourse is eye-glazingly mind-numbing. The Oligarchy paints with a broad, undefined brush while we insist on using single strands. Somewhere in between there must be a message/strategy that will work without compromising principles.

  19. Robert Capozzi

    ce, well put. Part of it depends on what one means by “principles.” It’s my contention that the 2 biggest fountainheads of L-ism were Rand and Rothbard (even though Rand disclaimed it and Rothbard returned to the GOP), and both emphatically said things like fetuses are “parasites.”

    It’s my contention that there was a really poor batch of cement used to pour our foundation. The single, simplistic, absolutist strands you reference is like taking squirt guns to the OK Corral, or even a knife fight.

    Doesn’t work.

    Do over.

  20. Tom Blanton

    It is easy to see why this Root article made it to the front page of the Drudge Report. It demonizes Obama for the problems of small business as if the systems of local, state and federal government that have been in place for generations play no role.

    Root apparently believes that once Obama is gone (and the Republicans are in), small businesses will thrive and America will once again be a great nation. Root seems to have no problem with intrusive government run by the right people, it is all about Obama.

    I’m sure Root’s latest offering will appeal to many Republicans who don’t know the difference between big government and a bucket of Wayne Root’s vomit.

  21. Michael H. Wilson

    As I have posted elsewhere:

    Here’s the figures from the BLS on employment nationwide.

    I wish Root would leave Obama out of it. This crap has been going on for years, from Reagan right up to the present.

    Howie,, Cheatum, Steele and Phibbs are some of the best in Congress.

  22. Tom Blanton

    I just saw on CNN that the woman who was convicted of adultery in Iran & got 5 years has been resentenced to death by stoning.

    There is an international effort to try to get this situation changed. As far as I am concerned regime change would be about right.

    Do we even know that this is true, or is it merely part of the ongoing attempt to demonize Iran to manufacture consent for regime change?

    If it is true, should America kill 100,000 people, borrow and spend $2-3 Trillion, and create chaos in the Mideast for another 10-20 years in order to install a friendly dictatorship that will torture dissidents, embezzle billions, and continue to stone to death women who commit adultery?

    I think Milnes just proved once and for all that he should never consider running for any office that would require him to think.

  23. Robert Milnes

    Oh come on, Tom.
    First, as I said elsewhere, when-I- say regime change, -I-mean exactly wht I mean about regimew change in usa-vote in a progressive government or, far less desirable-takeover the government and install a progressive government. Of course I’m not advocating invasion of Iran over this issue or would support the imposition of some other fool government by our fool government.
    You are unfairly putting words in my mouth.

  24. George Phillies

    On the other hand, the most recent claims on LP.ORG

    “I do not believe the tragedy that is unfolding before our eyes is a mistake, coincidence, or due to incompetence. I believe my old college classmate Obama (Class of ’83 Columbia University) is a Marxist purposefully trying to destroy capitalism”

    are runaway winners for the Crazy Nonsense award. They make the above material look tame. Even the late and in most circles not terribly lamented Tailgunner Joe McCarthy did not claim that he believed that Truman or Eisenhower were Communists.

    50 years ago, when Bill Buckley read the John Birch Society out of the conservative movement for their bizarre claims, their claims were no more bizarre than this.

    Note, incidentally, that this week the author is claiming that Obama was a classmate of his, which implies a claim that Obama really did attend Columbia.

    We are supposed to have a party focused on helping to elect our candidates to office, and putting nonsense like this front and center on the LP.ORG front page is clearly the opposite of advancing our objectives.

  25. Robert Capozzi

    gp: We are supposed to have a party focused on helping to elect our candidates to office, and putting nonsense like this front and center on the LP.ORG front page is clearly the opposite of advancing our objectives.

    me: Perhaps an FEC complaint will fix this 😉

    I’m not sure about “clearly,” but we’ve stipulated that WAR’s anti-Obama diatribes can be over the top.

    Do you need help assembling your NEXT FEC complaint? Or should we just fire anyone who doesn’t agree with you?

  26. Michael H. Wilson

    Here’s comment from Forbes on this issue.

    “Even Reagan Raised Taxes
    Robert Shapiro, 02.03.10, 12:01 AM EST
    Obama is following the paths of former presidents when it comes to balancing the budget.

    It’s budget week in Washington, and the $1.27 trillion deficit projected for fiscal 2011 should remind us that deep recessions, especially when accompanied by large spending increases, produce outsized deficits for years to come. The federal government has been down this road recently before, first under Ronald Reagan and then under George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The way those presidents responded can help us chart the likely path of fiscal policy for the next half decade.”

  27. Michael H. Wilson

    here’s another.

    Bruce Bartlett on Reagan and taxes.

    “In 1982 alone, he signed into law not one but two major tax increases. The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) raised taxes by $37.5 billion per year and the Highway Revenue Act raised the gasoline tax by another $3.3 billion.
    According to a recent Treasury Department study, TEFRA alone raised taxes by almost 1 percent of the gross domestic product, making it the largest peacetime tax increase in American history. An increase of similar magnitude today would raise more than $100 billion per year.
    In 1983, Reagan signed legislation raising the Social Security tax rate. This is a tax increase that lives with us still, since it initiated automatic increases in the taxable wage base. As a consequence, those with moderately high earnings see their payroll taxes rise every single year.
    In 1984, Reagan signed another big tax increase in the Deficit Reduction Act. This raised taxes by $18 billion per year or 0.4 percent of GDP. A similar-sized tax increase today would be about $44 billion.”

  28. Michael H. Wilson

    I am not going to research this too much because Root is not paying me to make sense of his work.

    Here’s a graph from BLS showing job losses over a few months

    As I recall the Chicago Fed national activity index showed the recession beginning in April of 2008. Long before Obama took office. Once begun historically it may take as few as 18 months for an upswing to begin.

    While Obama’s efforts have not helped, he certainly should not be blamed for what happened during the Bush era.

    Unfortunately the LP label is attached to this poor research and poorly written paper.

  29. Michael H. Wilson

    Here’s the BLS recent figures for employment growth.

    “Establishment Survey Data
    Total nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 125,000 in June, reflecting the departure of 225,000
    temporary Census 2010 workers from federal government payrolls. Total private employment edged up
    over the month (+83,000) due to modest increases in several industries. So far this year, private-sector
    employment has increased by 593,000 but in June was 7.9 million below its December 2007 level. (See
    table B-1.)
    Within leisure and hospitality, employment rose over the month by 28,000 in amusements, gambling,
    and recreation.
    Within professional and business services, employment continued to increase in temporary help services
    (+21,000). Employment in temporary help has risen by 379,000 since a recent low in September
    2009. Elsewhere in professional and business services, management and technical consulting (+11,000)
    and business support services (+7,000) also added jobs over the month.
    In June, transportation and warehousing added 15,000 jobs. Since a recent low in February, this
    industry has added 44,000 jobs.
    Health care employment edged up in June (+9,000). Over the past 12 months, the industry has gained
    217,000 jobs.
    Mining employment continued to trend up in June (+6,000); the industry has gained 56,000 jobs since
    October 2009. Within mining, support activities added 7,000 jobs in June.
    Manufacturing employment continued to trend up over the month (+9,000). The industry has added
    136,000 jobs since December 2009.
    – 3 –
    Construction employment decreased by 22,000 in June, with the largest decline in nonresidential
    specialty trade contracting. On net, construction employment has shown little change over the last 4
    Employment in other private-sector industries, including wholesale trade, retail trade, information,
    and financial activities showed little change in June.
    Government employment fell by 208,000 in June, driven by the loss of 225,000 temporary workers
    hired for Census 2010. Employment in both state and local governments was little changed over the

  30. AroundtheblockAFT

    Mr. Wilson, that is the kind of candidate ammunition the LP needs to provide. I’m tired of the same lazy rhetoric and half truth statements that LPers use, thus emulating the major party candidates. Liberty works and liberty is right, but we don’t have to sound like agitators competing for the Hofbrauhaus Prize in
    Stirring up Trouble.

  31. Michael H. Wilson

    Re # 38. I’m missing your point. Are you saying what I have provided is the type of info needed or that Root’s comments are acceptable?

    For the record I do know that the government has in the past changed the way unemployment is figured and that the numbers are probably higher than what the BLS shows. However I think that Mr. Root could have used the BLS figures and then used a disclaimer noting that the real figures are higher.

  32. Michael H. Wilson

    Here’s a radio interview Professor Jeffery Miron of Harvard gave recently on his book “Libertarianism from A to Z”

    I don’t agree with everything Professor Miron says but if we are going to promote one libertarians media efforts let’s promote another’s.

    “Libertarianism argues for limited government across the board. In broad brush, libertarianism is socially liberal and fiscally conservative, so libertarians want government out of people’s bedrooms and out of their wallets. This description hides a host of more subtle issues, since balancing the pros and cons of different policies is often not trivial. Thoughtful application of the libertarian perspective nevertheless leads to consistent conclusions about which parts of government are beneficial, and which are not.”

  33. AroundtheblockAFT

    #39 – that I find your stats and facts more compelling than “windbag” bloviating and rabble rousing rhetoric that references very little.

  34. Michael H. Wilson

    Thanks for the clarification. There enough information around that can be used to damn both parties without making it up.

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  36. Michael H. Wilson

    I’m not sure what the truth is regarding the economy but some reports suggest things are improving. I have recently seen reports that indicate traffic has increased at westcoast ports and now the one below.

    I think it would be wise for Libertarians not to make the claims Mr. Root has in the piece that begins this thread without some detailed research to support the claim.


    “Container Volume Highest in More than Two Years, Sixth Highest Ever
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 8, 2010 – The Association of American Railroads today reported that rail traffic for the week ending July 3, 2010 topped comparison weeks from both 2008 and 2009. Carloads were up 18.8 percent, at 286,777 cars, from the comparable week in 2009 and up 0.4 percent from the same week in 2008. Comparison weeks in both 2009 and 2008 included the July 4th holiday. In order to offer a complete picture of the progress in rail traffic, AAR reports 2010 weekly rail traffic with comparison weeks in both 2009 and 2008.
    Intermodal traffic totaled 231,286 trailers and containers, the highest since week 42 of 2008. Volume was up 36.6 percent from a year ago and 19.1 percent from 2008. Container volume of 197,134 was the sixth highest week ever and the highest since week 39 of 2007. Compared with the same week in 2009, container volume gained 39.8 percent and trailer volume rose 20.9 percent. Compared with the same week in 2008, container volume increased 30.8 percent and trailer volume fell 21.3 percent.
    Eighteen of the 19 carload commodity groups increased from the comparable week in 2009, with metallic ores up 205.5 percent; motor vehicles and equipment up 122 percent; metals and metal products up 80.3 percent; and crushed stone, sand and gravel up 50.6 percent. Seven of the commodity groups also posted gains over 2008 levels.”

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