• The government has no role in picking winners and losers in the economy. The stimulus spending tried to do just this, and failed miserably.
• It is unfair for the government to steer public dollars toward favored industries or well-connected unions and corporations. When special interests cozy up to the government, job creation always suffers.
• The government should keep its payroll to a minimum. Clearly there are numerous important jobs for government to do, but the government should not grow beyond what is necessary to perform its basic functions.
Government spending also dampens job creation, as taxes and debt rise to pay for the spending. The federal workforce should be cut to only what is necessary for a well-functioning government and federal spending should be curtailed. Also, government should not endorse higher union membership. While unions can and do serve important functions, they also drive up labor costs and reduce hiring. It should be left to individual citizens to decide when union membership or union contracts are appropriate, not the federal government.
Based upon: The Moral Case for Job Creation", by Arthur C. Brooks.