I used to joke
with my friends that I could create jobs with a baseball
bat. When they asked me what I meant, I'd explain that
all I had to do was run through the neighborhood and
break all the windows and it would create a lot of jobs
in window replacement. The moral of the story is that
just because you have an idea that will create jobs
doesn't mean it's a good one. We now have an
administration that believes in the 'baseball bat'
theory on a much larger scale. They believe in tearing
down dams to create jobs.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spoke at the
Commonwealth Club in San Francisco Monday and touted the
job creation that will be created by dam destruction.
Although we do admit that jobs can be created by tearing
things down, we don't necessarily believe it proves
destruction to be a good idea. We still believe in the
old fashioned concept of free markets creating jobs
which generates taxes which makes it possible to afford
to tear down dams (or better yet, build them). We can't
wrap our minds around the concept of tearing down dams
with money we don't have to create jobs to stimulate the
economy. We are of the belief that this economic concept
has failed in the past and it will undoubtedly fail