E. J. Dionne leaps to the defense of government:
So when conservatives say, as they regularly do, that “government doesn’t create jobs,” the riposte should be quick and emphatic: “Yes it has, and yes, it does!”
I don’t want to fall into the technocratic fallacy but is the word of a man who’s probably never taken an economics course in his life (and may not have taken a math course since junior high) sufficient evidence to believe this? The only way that the federal government can on net create jobs is by creating more money to pay for salaries of those workers. That may have economic repercussions of its own, at the very least deadweight loss.
That alternative is not available to the states. In the states, when left to their own resources, more higher-compensated government workers either means fewer total government workers or fewer private sector workers or both.
He really should read The Seen and the Unseen. He sees the teachers, firefighters, and police officers. He doesn’t see the millions of retail jobs lost due to higher sales taxes, the homes lost and urban blight induced by higher property taxes.