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Government Jobs

Posted: October 25, 2012 - 10:48am

Government jobs

During the second presidential debate, Governor Romney interrupted

the President to say, “Government does not create jobs.”

One response from Obama could have been, “But it does, governor,

millions of them, including the one you recently held in

Massachusetts.”

Almost everyone knows, or is related to, at least one of the more

than 20 million Americans employed in public education, state and

local government, federal agencies, etc. The multiplier effect as

those employees buy things creates additional private sector jobs.

But perhaps more important than direct government employment is the

role that government-funded research has played in supporting the

growth of many of our major industries, including computers, aircraft,

the internet, nuclear power, nanotechnology, renewable energy,

pharmaceuticals, etc. It was the Defense Advanced Research Projects

Agency(DARPA), not Al Gore, that spawned the internet.

Much of that funded research occurs at universities, such as the

University of Minnesota, where $51.3 million in state bonding funds

are building a new physics and nanotechnology building. This will

support $30 million annually that the university receives in federal

research grants which have the potential to create new businesses and

jobs.

Government is not the problem that one former president suggested. It

is an important partner to American industry as we compete in an

increasingly high technology world.

Rolf Westgard

St Paul