October 7th, 2010
10:26 AM ET
8 years ago

Does government create jobs? Blumenthal tries again

Hartford, Connecticut 9:08 a.m. - Maybe the third time's a charm for Connecticut Democratic senatorial nominee Richard Blumenthal who has had a hard time offering a clear answer about government's role creating jobs.

When his opponent Linda McMahon asked him in a debate Monday night "how do you create a job," he offered a meandering reply explaining jobs can be created "in a variety of ways by a variety of people." He went on assert government can help preserve jobs by providing more capital to small businesses, tax policies that promote job creation and intervention by government to help promote American-made products.

But Republicans have hit back hard and McMahon said, "Government, government, government. Government doesn't create jobs" and insisted entrepreneurs do.

When we asked in an interview on Wednesday if government is the engine of job growth, Blumenthal tried to answer it three different times. First he said, "Government can help create jobs through for example an energy policy that results in new technology, public private partnerships in fuel cell manufacturing. Government can be an active partner and enabler in new job creation as it has done in many areas where new technology has resulted in new manufacturing and new jobs."

When asked if that is a yes, he said, "Jobs are created by businesses and government can help businesses create jobs through enabling new technology – and research and development and investing in jobs that creates a new future for people."

Several minutes later while answering an unrelated question he came back to jobs and said, "You know the point about jobs. Business creates jobs. Government does not. But government can enable job creation as it has done by providing new technology, support for research and development, financing that is key – right now the banks are not lending. Government can play a greater role in providing financial support, deductions for start ups, research and development credits. All kinds of policies I have advocated."

Filed under: 2010 • Connecticut • issues • Linda McMahon • Richard Blumenthal • Trail Running
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. AbnGuy

    The government does not create. It takes away from it's citizens to provide for justice, provide for the common defence and to promote the general welfare. The tree of liberty needs pruned when the government hinders these goals to further itself.
    I think the Tea Party crowd (dem/rep/libert/const) has finally awakened to this.

    October 7, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Vamonticello

    What blumenthal said is TRUE....the government can create jobs......the rightwing media is the one with interpretation problems his answers were perfectly clear to me.

    October 7, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Eric

    Government does not create jobs, wealth or prosperity.

    If it did, there would be no NEED for the private sector.

    We'd all just line up like they did in the old Soviet Union to take advantage of the "bounty" that government provides... and then starve to death waiting in line for limited shoddy goods always in intentional-short-supply.

    Say no to Obamunism and yes to prosperity.

    October 7, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    This was one of the best campaign one-liners I have ever seen in a political debate. I only wish Meg Whitman would have used it on Jerry Briown in their debate. Jerry Brown would have been just as confused.

    The classic part about this line is that the whole Democratic party has been just as confused about what you do in government to create a job. They have no idea how that works. It is not on their platform. But that's what America needs right now.

    October 7, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  5. Riley

    It's clear to me that Blumenthal has no clue!!!

    October 7, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. vic, Nashville TN

    Tea party candidates win we won’t talk about crate jobs we will be talking how to save our jobs

    October 7, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Haren

    We american does not have patiences, it will take more than 18 months to correct the problem created by republican for last 20 years.
    Government is not problem but guy like Glen beck who uses all good thing which govt, did for him when he wake up to go to sleep is nothing but ungreatful and Hippocrate.
    From break fast,lunch,dinner (good healthy) to clean air which he breath,clean water which he drink, to social security,medicare,pension,unemployment, transportation,police,fire fighter, school, energy all are provided to him by government.
    Just think about it if Social security and medicare managed by private co. with more than 5%admistrative cost and 30% profit.

    If righty on this blog does not know than please educate your self.
    it cost only less than .80% to run social security and medicare.

    October 7, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |

    Typical response from a Liberal/Democrat/Socialist. Blumenthal has no idea of how to create a job because he has no private sector exerience. He is just like Obama.

    October 7, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. Dave

    Sounds like an answer coming from a guy who has never owned or operated a business in his whole life.

    October 7, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  10. Bob in PA

    Isn't this the guy who claimed to served in Vietnam ?
    How is he even still controlling the lead ? Wake up Connecticut !

    October 7, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    "Government, government, government. Government doesn't create jobs" and insisted entrepreneurs do."

    OMG – then why is everyone BLAMING the Government because there are NO JOBS!!!!!!!

    How can entrepreneurs create jobs when BANKS are not LOANING??? How are entrepreneurs supposed to EXPAND their JOBS if BANKS are not LOANING??? How are entrepreneurs supposed to increase employment if the banks are not loaning money for them to expand their business so they hire more people???

    I agree with Blumenthal – even though he got it a little twisted – because the government 'cannot' create jobs but they can "help businesses create jobs through enabling new technology – and research and development and investing in jobs that creates a new future for people."

    DEMOCRATS – Don't get caught up in the HYPE – continue to STATE the CASE and mean it – UNITE the BASE and believe in it and we will WIN the RACE in November 2010!!!

    This is T'SAH from Virginia and I approve this message!!!

    October 7, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Abiding Lib

    I think that's a fine answer! CT loves Dick Blumenthal; I really don't think (or hope) he has any reason to worry. McMahon would be embarrassment #2 for the state...the other one being Mr. Lieberman, but of course.

    October 7, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. stufthis

    Bush created a lot of government jobs with Homeland Security. The post office, the military, the space program, FDA, Social Security Administration, police, firemen, VA, and a host of others think that their work is a real job. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy and trickle down voodoo economics do not create jobs, as we lost 8 million American jobs in Bush's last year.

    October 7, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Orlando Patriot

    How to create a "job" is plain and simple. Amazing how the Democrats CANNOT answer that question. Maybe it is because so few Democrats have EVER even worked in the private sector. For those who STILL do not get it: GOVERNMENT CANNOT CREATE A JOB!! The purpose of government is to take a SMALL required amount of funds from the private sector to cover the costs of PUBLIC GOODS (i.e. the military, roads, etc.). When government takes money from the PRIVATE SECTOR it TAKES multiple jobs from the private sector in return. So a government job is simply a job that took THREE/FOUR/FIVE JOBS IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR!!

    The ONLY way to create a job is to incentivize an entreprenuer to take a risk of their OWN money and believes they can produce a good (or service) that the market wants AND can produce that good (or service) cheaper than what they can sell it for allowing a suitable ROI (Return on Investment). If the ROI is LESS than the return needed when considering how much money they have invested then they DON'T CREATE A JOB!! So when government promises more taxes, more employer obligations (i.e. Obamacare), and the cost of business goes up. Guess what?? BUSINESSES DECIDE NOT TO HIRE!! You don't need to be a brain surgeon to realize this basic economic logic!! Make it BETTER for businesses and they will hire ALL the people you could have EVER imagined!!

    October 7, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Bob in PA

    I wonder if any criminals will take his Vietnam lie and request a new trial based on the fact that if he can lie to the public, he can fabricate evidence as well. He should drop out of the race, a complete embarassment.

    October 7, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. barry

    Of course Blumenthal couldn't answer how to create jobs. No Democrat can. They want us all living off of Gov't funding so they can control us. They have used this to keep the poor of all races down for years. Keep them poor, uneducated and they will always vote Democrat to keep the food stamps and Welfare coming in. It is terrible to see how the Democrats treat the poor. Kill the American Dream that's their plan.

    October 7, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Paul from Phoenix

    Wow. This guy is beyond clueless.

    October 7, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Solutions and not Rhetoric

    NO. The government can aid in the creation of jobs but is not he sole creator. The problem is both political parties are obscuring and diminishing the relevance of free trade, outsourcing, and currency manipulation! You can't create jobs that are being outsourced. Businesses can't survive if corporate thieves and their allies both Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats are screwing the American people into debt, and hardship for their own political and financial gain. Where were politicians when American manufacturing and automotive jobs were leaving? They were at the bank selling out the American people! Most of these politicians have never worked hard in their lives! They can not relate nor talk about a job if they themselves have never worked like I, or other hard working Americans have. How many jobs were created in the private sector in the last 8 years? How many in the last 2? You see people stop the partisanship and wake up! Both parties are not working for the best interest of Americans. At the least, the lesser of two evils would be the Democrats.

    October 7, 2010 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. Hangar 13

    Exactly! That's the point conservatives have been trying to make all along: liberals have absolutely no clue how business and the economy work. That's precisely why they terribly mismanage it every time they meddle in it. November 2 can't come soon enough!

    October 7, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Government at best is a zero sum game. It can spur growth in one sector by providing a "credit", but that will cost money which government will get from a different sector through taxation–hurting the other sector. It does not in it of itself create a job, it only moves them around.

    October 7, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. ronalde

    apparently linda dosn't know how to create jobs either,but she knows how to make money,she wants to lower the minium wage and she has laid off 10% of her work force,but she has spent over 50 million on her campain,this is the type of person you want for senator.What has she in store for us.

    October 7, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. LacrosseMom(stuck in moderation)

    I would like to ask McMahon the same question! Considering that she would like to get rid of the Minimum Wage, which millions of Americans depend on to make a scant living! She has been lying that she was misquoted, but there is video of her questioning Minimum Wage.

    There is a very interesting article in the New York Times (online) today by Nicholas Kristoff that every informed voter should read!

    America: What have the Republicans done for America lately?

    October 7, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The rich, like McMahon, could learn lessons from the Gates family who have done so much to help Americans, not because they are rich, but because they care.

    October 7, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. 26 Days until Socialism dies in the United States

    Blumenthal is just another career politician that doesn't have a CLUE about the real world and the way our economy works. The more of these fools that are elected, the deeper this country will sink. Ronald Reagan was dead on correct, government is not the answer, it is the problem.

    October 7, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Dennis

    Explaining how government creates jobs is a little like trying to explain witchcraft.

    October 7, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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