Tag: Innovation

I Didn’t Create A Single Job

You wanna know why I like Gary Johnson? This is why I like Gary Johnson:

Presidential candidate Gary Johnson took a slightly unorthodox approach regarding job creation on Thursday. “I didn’t create a single job,” said the former Governor of New Mexico.

His statement came in response to a National Review article that complimented Johnson on his record as governor, saying that when compared to the other governors running for president, the rate of job growth was highest under his watch.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Johnson said in a statement. “We are proud of this distinction. We had a 11.6 percent job growth that occurred during our two terms in office. But the headlines that accompanied that report – referring to governors, including me, as ‘job creators’ – were just wrong.”

“The fact is, I can unequivocally say that I did not create a single job while I was governor,” Johnson added. Instead, “we kept government in check, the budget balanced, and the path to growth clear of unnecessary regulatory obstacles.”

It’s like Ron Paul without the crazy.

Johnson is absolutely right, of course. Government is not a magic wand — it does not create anything. What it does is create the conditions under which creation can happen. Some of that involves government doing things — keeping the environment clean, building roads, funding peer-reviewed basic research, enforcing the law.

But mostly it involves not doing things, such as Bush 41’s decision to not subsidize HDTV. I strongly believe that the future of our economy is in technological innovation, especially on the energy side. And I also thing the best way to strangle that innovation is for the government to be picking the winners and losers.

I really hope Johnson is in the next debate. He’ll add an element of liberty-oriented conservatism that is sorely lacking.