By Hazel Henderson
In the U.S., conceptual and political confusion over the issue of jobs was evidenced by wide disparities in claims over job creation, for example in the XL Pipeline case. Many politicians still claim that “the government can’t create jobs; only the private sector creates jobs.”
The Government’s Role in Job Creation
Such blatant misinformation stems from conventional economic textbook theories – belied by the facts that millions of jobs are created by governments in vital public sectors: education, law enforcement, criminal justice, infrastructure, national security, diplomacy, oversight of securities markets, technical standard-setting, social services, consumer and environmental protection and monitoring the safety of imports, food, toxic substances, etc.