Just like I don’t think Peter Peterson is stupid enough to believe his anti-Social Security propaganda, President Obama can’t actually believe this:
“Now, government can’t create jobs, but it can help create the conditions for small businesses to grow and thrive and hire more workers,” President Barack Obama said yesterday as he urged Congress to take up new jobs legislation at an event honoring Small Business Owners of the Year. “Government can’t guarantee a company’s success, but it can knock down the barriers that prevent small-business owners from getting loans or investing in the future.”
It seems to be a new talking point. Here’s Treasury Secretary and Rockefeller Republican Timothy Geithner:
We have a pro-growth agenda. Part of the agenda is growing exports. They’re central to our future. What the president today is to say, that is important to the United States, we’re going to be committed to making sure we’re that we’re expanding opportunities for American business everywhere. Now, this president understands deeply that governments don’t create jobs, businesses create jobs. And our job as government is try to make sure we’re creating the conditions that allow businesses to prosper so they can hire people back, get this economy going again.
Of course, government can create jobs–it creates jobs all the time: it simply has to hire people to do things. It’s easy to do, especially when local governments are laying off workers.
What’s truly depressing is that neither Geithner nor Obama are stupid enough to actually believe this. But they apparently have decided to parrot conservative, Republican talking points, while at the same time, alienating their own party’s rank-and-file. It’s as if they’re intentionally trying to lose control of the Congress.