Can a Governor — or a President — “create” a job? After speaking with more than a few economists and subject matter experts, the celebrated radio program’s conclusion seems to be… no. Except over the long term, in which case infrastructure, in the form of public universities, etcetera, matters much more.
Why don’t we hear this argument a lot? Well, think about it: if you’re perceived as “successful” in job creation, you’ll stay way the Hell away from anything that threatens to question your “achievement.” And if you’re perceived as “unsuccessful,” it sounds like an overthought and convenient excuse. If campaigns require selective indulgence in myths, this is certainly one to cultivate.