On the way home from work today we happened to have the local talk radio station on. I was pleasantly surprised by the statement that the responsibility of government is to provide a level business playing field; not job creation. Normally this talk radio person espouses the government is evil mantra. But his comments today did display some introspection that government should not be in involved in promoting job creation. Too many of those on the political "right" who claim to want smaller government unbelievably seem to accept the proposition that government should have so-called programs for stimulating employment and business growth. That is wrong. For those who want small government and claim to be capitalists, I would argue that the private sector needs to take the lead and responsibility in creating jobs. I fully agree with the premise that one of the roles of government is to establish a level playing field for business competition.
As a clarification aside. I would not have problems with government hiring people for public sector jobs, such as highway construction. I would have a problem when companies receive tax incentives to hire employees. That is a form of corporate welfare.