A Prescription for Job Growth

August 10, 2012: www.wikianswers.com– “What percentage of Greece’s population is government employed? 1 in every 3 workers, 33.33% of the working population.”

August 9, 2012: Wall Street Journal headline – “Greek May Unemployment Rate Hits Fresh High of 23.1%”

August 9, 2012: Stephen Henderson, Detroit Free Press– “For unions and the whole idea of collective bargaining, this is the kind of report that just makes any sort of future very, very hard to negotiate. It reinforces the notion that unions protect work and jobs at the expense of customers and service. It suggests that collective bargaining turns government into a provider of jobs instead of public services.

June 8, 2012: President Obama – “The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.”

Connecting the dots: Businesses are the generators of jobs. A focus on using government to provide jobs is unsustainable. Encourage business job creation, not government.

Thoughts or questions are welcome.

Bob Bilkie, CFA