Monday, August 8, 2011

Dear Congress: Please don't address jobs.

Whenever I see a headline like this "Congress may now turn attention back to jobs" I get shivers running up and down my spine.  There isn't much that worries me more than the thought of Congress wading in with more foolish and counterproductive "jobs" programs (green jobs, build and repair roads and bridges to put construction workers back to work, construct a high-speed rail system, cash for clunkers, etc.)  Congress doesn't have the faintest idea how to create jobs, but most businesses do.  What Congress should do is to stop getting in the way.  As Iain Murray puts it:
So what can the government do to promote real job growth? Quite simply, get out of the way. We don’t need to teach the grass to grow; we just need to move the rocks off of it. The rocks weighing down on the economy are government rules and regulations — in other words, bureaucracy and overregulation.