It’s repeated so often that it has practically become a Republican mantra: Government spending doesn’t create jobs. Except, of course, when it comes to defense spending. Any cuts to defense spending are an outrageous suggestion because that spending creates jobs. ThinkProgress has a round up of some of the prominent Republicans contradicting themselves on this one:
SEN. JON KYL
Now: “The whole point here [staving off the sequester] is to try to get some economic growth, job creation, to get out of this recession.” [5/24/12]
Then: “Faced with the reality of historic unemployment rates and record federal debt, I had hoped that President Obama, by now, would understand that even more government spending doesn’t create jobs.” [9/09/11]
REP. BUCK MCKEON
Now: “Sequestration’s impact on the economy would be sudden and severe, … result[ing] in the loss of about 1 million jobs in 2013 and 2014 and a half a percent cut to America’s already meager economic growth.” [6/24/12]
Then: “We don’t look to the government usually to create jobs. What we like to see them do is get out of our hair and let us create the jobs.” [5/21/12]
It reminds me very much of those same Republicans who said, and continue to say, that the stimulus bill didn’t create any jobs at all while at the same time pushing for projects funded by that bill in their district because those projects would create lots of good jobs. Apparently, every infrastructure project in every district other than theirs was done by ghosts or invisible leprechauns.