>>>>Consumer activity creates jobs, people buying things creates jobs, in other words spending creates jobs.>>>
I would like to clarify that idea.....It is PRIVATE spending that creates jobs. Such as a PRIVATE person coming up with an idea for a product that consumers will want to buy (supply and demand) and risking his own money and PRIVATE investors' money to create the product, including manufacturing of that product, creating an environment through advertising so the public/consumer knows it's available able at a reasonable price, and have the CONSUMER decide it's something it wants.
It is NOT the government's place to spend taxpayer money to create a product and then force it down a consumer's throat by taking away competition in the PRIVATE sector by basically eliminating choice for a consumer. There are laws that prohibit the government from competing with the private sector and when you have a government that fundamentally eliminates or bans competition to drive their own agenda and use taxpayer money to do it, that does NOT create jobs...it ELIMINATES them.
"Needless to say, that's not what you heard from the usual suspects in the run-up to the elections. It was actually kind of funny to see the apostles of orthodoxy trying to portray the cautious, mild-mannered Francois Hollande as a figure of menace. He is "rather dangerous," declared The Economist, which observed that he "genuinely believes in the need to create a fairer society." "
That's a baby eating Red for you, believing in a fairer society. What's funny is that the very intelligent writers in The Economist don't see the peculiarity of disparaging a man who actually believes it is necessary to soften the inequalities in society. But then the Economist is the magazine of the biggest of big business (just check out the Jobs Postings), and Conservative to the bone.
I'm not all that concerned with what Paul Krugman had to say, though I tend to agree with him. I'm more taken with what the Economist says about the dangerousness of a distinctly middle of the road politician "cautious and mild mannered". Political discourse, particularly on the Right has lost touch with reality. But we knew that when they refused to tax millionaires.
It was well known in the 19th century that the wealthy didn't create jobs, and that static wealth didn't create jobs. Consumer activity creates jobs, people buying things creates jobs, in other words spending creates jobs.