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Old 07-10-2012, 04:36 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Sowell nails it again.

The Obamanites are constantly pushing the "benefits" of their various programs, while studiously avoiding any mentions of the costs.

Sowell describes both... thus earning the enmity of the Obamanites and their lapdogs.

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Why Obama’s ‘job creation’ is the exact opposite

Why Obama's 'job creation' is the exact opposite
Thomas Sowell explains how subsidizing 1 industry costs positions in another

Published: 21 hours ago
by Thomas Sowell

One of the reasons for the popularity of political rhetoric is that everybody can be right, in terms of their own rhetoric, no matter how much the rhetoric of one side contradicts the rhetoric of the other side.

President Obama constantly repeats how many millions of jobs have been created during his administration, while his critics constantly repeat how many millions of jobs have been lost during his administration. How can both of them be right – or, at least, how can they both get away with what they are saying?

There are jobs and there are net jobs. This is true not only today, but has been true in years past.

Back during the 1980s, when there were huge losses of jobs in the steel industry, the government restricted the importation of foreign steel. It has been estimated that this saved 5,000 jobs in the American steel industry.

But, of course, restriction of competition from lower-priced imported steel made steel more expensive to American producers of products containing steel. Therefore, the price of these products rose, making them less in demand at these higher prices, causing losses of sales at home and in the world market.

The bottom line is that, while 5,000 jobs were saved in the American steel industry, 26,000 jobs were lost in American industries that produced products made of steel. On net balance, the country lost jobs by restricting the importation of steel.

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