By Rebekah Rast
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
And in these desperate times in America — plagued by high
unemployment and a never-ending housing crisis — President Obama is
seeking desperate measures.
His latest: Calling the naming of a national
monument a jobs creation act.
This new monument in Virginia, Fort Monroe, was once one of the
nation’s largest Army posts. During the 17th century it played a key
role in the history of slavery and during the Civil War housed escaped
President Obama ensures Virginians that this monument, “will help
create nearly 3,000 jobs,” in a White
House press release.
Of course he left out the part where once the landscaping is up to
par and the buildings restored on this national monument that many of
those 3,000 jobs will cease to exist. He also left out the small detail
that these are government-created jobs. They were not spawned from
the private-sector market, so therefore your tax dollars will be used
to create and sustain this land and many of the jobs needed to maintain
“All the government does is take money out of one pocket and put it
in another,” says Don Todd, senior research director at Americans for
Limited Government (ALG). “The government does not create wealth, it
just moves money around.”
A National Parks and Conservation Association study in 2006 claims
park system generates at least four dollars in value to the public for
every tax dollar invested in its annual budget, making a strong
statement in support of the parks system. Yet, in the very next
sentence it states, “every year the parks suffer an operating shortfall
of $800 million, in addition to a massive multi-billion dollar
maintenance backlog.” With almost
400 national parks in America today already, how can we afford one
This doesn’t sound like much a jobs plan.
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