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Letter: Washington doesn’t seem to understand job creation

Posted: September 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 12, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Leading the charge, President Barack Obama and the politicians are out on the pre-campaign trail, realizing that the economy is tanked and are attempting to fix the bleak jobs situation with the promise to build transportation.

I have some really bad news for these folks: Thanks to onerous environmental regulations and bureaucracy, meaningful road improvements take decades to get built. By then we’ll have elected the next couple of presidents. Worse yet, the types of transportation projects that will have been built will be obsolete by then.

A leader is a visionary who provides guidance, and we sorely need leadership for America to weather this economic storm.

Want to create jobs? The president can, by executive order, roll back job-killing regulations that were put into place without express legislation passed by Congress. Take them back to the Bill Clinton years or, better yet, the John Kennedy years.

Close federal agencies and programs that are duplicative (as identified by the GAO’s recent report) or that could be more efficiently administered by local government (like schools). Take the savings and lower taxes on capital-creating incentives.

We do need to invest in our infrastructure, but spend money on R&D to come up with innovative transportation solutions that actually serve the people and not trains from nowhere to nowhere.

If a bridge needs to be replaced, replace it and don’t burden the process with an environmental impact report — the damn bridge was already there.

Less governmental interference will let the economy not only recover but grow, a lesson learned by comparing the U.S. Postal Service to United Parcel Service. One is broke again and the other flourishing.


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