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Letter: V. Michael Jennings
Job creation is explained

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Recent questions on this page from Patricia Miller concerning jobs (“What’s Romney’s secret?” Sept. 7) seem based on a premise that (Republican presidential candidate Mitt) Romney knows where there are 10 million good jobs, and he will reveal the information if he is elected. Should he not be elected, Miller thinks we will be left to wonder, never knowing. Miller’s confusion is understandable and probably shared by others.

In the first place, there is no specific list of these jobs. What Romney describes is the result of a change (or changes) in economic policy. For example, building the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada would have created several thousand jobs. Many other such examples could be sited, for an approximate total of 10 million, give or take.

Let’s say that Romney is elected and the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada goes into construction, along with other projects of infrastructure, construction, refining and so forth. A small percentage of the investors (the risk-takers, traditionally) will possibly reap huge profits. Rather than think this profit somehow is morally tainted, it is, instead, a very good thing. Countless others, doing other jobs in the same or related endeavors, also will provide for themselves and their families. Demand for equipment, tools, building supplies of all sorts will sharply increase. Office trailers, each with furniture, a copy machine, telephones, computers, coffee makers and microwaves ... untold numbers of pickup trucks, hotel room rentals, and the list goes on and on.

One must ask, “Why not undertake these economic opportunities available to us?” There are answers to this and other related questions, but they do not make much sense. In the past 31?2 years, many millions of dollars have been paid toward alternate forms of supposedly renewable and so-called green (or eco-friendly) sources of energy. Not one has proved self-sufficient and sustainable over a long term. Ninth District U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith’s charge to “Drill, dig, deregulate and discover ...” is a prescription to achieve, at once, our own increased energy independence, and the economic activity level that will go a long way toward solving our fiscal woes as well.

Given all this, it is imperative that Romney be our next president, beginning Jan. 20, 2013. Miller, you are right to wonder about all those jobs. They can be had, along with a change in government — our government — for the asking. Speak your mind on Nov. 6.

V. Michael Jennings

Martinsville

 

 
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