The idea that owners of businesses large and small are the engines of job creation has a unique appeal, especially if one does not take the time to think the idea through in a thorough fashion.
But, upon closer scrutiny, we might say that the myth of such job creation depends on some basic ignorance of economics and an even greater ignorance of human nature.
Business owners are by nature largely cautious and reactive with respect to adding to their overhead.
It defies common sense that a business owner would add a job unless he or she sees clear evidence that hiring a new employee is necessary, There has to be new business that supports this new position. To do otherwise is to invite failure.
In the vast majority of job creation scenarios, it is demand, or the clear anticipation of demand, that creates the necessity for a new hire.
The creation of jobs is a direct result of increased demand for goods and services. It is the consumer, then, who, through his and her demand, is the job creator.
But if these job creators do not have spendable income over and above paying for necessities, then our economy will remain lethargic. This is in part why the idea of a government stimulus and support for a higher minimum wage are all good ideas.
I know that it sounds counter-intuitive that the way out of this economic mess is for more spending, but just because it sounds wrong doesn’t make it so.
Bear in mind that common sense also indicates that business owners create jobs, when the truth is that they will not add one job unless they see increased demand and a current work force that cannot handle it.
I hate to shatter another conservative myth, but the fact is that you and I — as consumers — are the real job creators.
The city of Cuyahoga Falls deserves a big thank you for the good job its snow plows do on our streets.
This has been a hard winter, with an almost continuous snow problem. As in years past, service department employees worked long hours and did a great job.
A snow problem I had this season was taken care of immediately and very nicely.
Thanks again to the city and all the hard-working people who are clearing the streets.
No need for gay marriage
Michael Premo’s political appeal (“Marriage equality matters for Ohio,” Feb. 16) was devoid of any intelligent argument defending homosexual “marriage” even though he stated the need to “change hearts and minds” to win at the ballot box.
If reason and sound scholarship are the means to “change minds,” a good start would be the journal article “What is Marriage?” (www.harvard-jlpp.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/GeorgeFinal.pdf; also available in paperback).
It is not clear why people of the same sex need to be “married” other than to justify their sexual behavior, which defies biology and the accepted norms of our remnant civilization.
Premo’s mantra is that it is illegal in Ohio for people to marry the “persons they love.” I love my children, my grandchildren, male and female colleagues and friends but would not think of marrying them.
Why is that? In any event, if love always seeks what is best in truth for the beloved, it may at times need to be sacrificial and chaste.
It is my view that homosexual marriage has only become a viable issue because of the abject failure of modern heterosexual marriage in the Western world, where contraception, abortion and divorce prevail regardless of their harmful effects on other persons and the common good of society.
Liberal hubris and failed policies
The Beacon Journal editorial board is soft-soaping President Obama’s latest unilateral postponement of certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act (“Second delay,” Feb. 13). This delay conveniently excuses companies with between 50 and 99 employees from complying for another year.
I call it convenient because this delay, not sanctioned by the legislative branch, helps many Democrats up for election this November to escape the full fury of the public due to their so-called signature health-care reform.
This is the 13th meaningful change to the Affordable Care Act that Obama has made by presidential fiat. Many, myself included, consider such behavior by Obama as lawless. Indeed, if George W. Bush even dared to consider doing a fraction of what Obama has actually done multiple times, the mainstream media would be screaming bloody murder. The Beacon Journal editorial writers would preach how the Constitution was being ripped apart by an imperial president. And they would be right.
So it is strange that when they are not silent about Obama’s overreach and politically motivated actions, they actually try to rationalize them.
What Democrats refuse to accept — at least in public — is that the Affordable Care Act is inherently unworkable. It is such a jumbled mess that it is beyond repair. Still, like good soldiers, they plod on, regardless of the harm to the economy, patients and the U.S. health-care system and the dangerous precedent Obama is setting with his unilateral actions.
The apologists refuse to see anything but the purported good intentions behind the law, and that is enough for them. It has not yet dawned on them that their emperor has no clothes.
Such hubris comes from liberals dominating society and culture for so long that they cannot imagine that they are wrong. But their beloved model of big government is crumbling under an unsustainable level of debt and contradictions inherent in their policies.
A change is coming in how America is to be governed, and it surely will not be toward more liberalism.
Lack of urgency in rape cases
I read with amazement the Feb. 16 article “Old rape kit connecting DNA connecting crimes.” The article does a fine job of touting the work of Ohio’s police departments on cold rape cases, but fails to address the lack of urgency.
Attorney General Mike DeWine created this initiative in 2011. It is now 2014, and we still have thousands of rape kits to test? That means we potentially have thousands of women who were victimized in the worst possible way who may not know the fate of their attacker. Even worse, there are monsters roaming the streets who should be locked in a cage.
How many women have been attacked by one of these monsters since 2011? Lt. David Whiddon was quoted as joking, “Don’t they swear every time you come through the door?” When did failing to investigate a horrible crime in a timely manner become funny?
I’m sure these civil servants will argue that they don’t have the resources to dedicate to these kits. What exactly is more important than preventing the vicious sexual assault of one of our citizens? Parking tickets? Speeding tickets?
Where are the advocates for victims of these horrible crimes? Why are they not screaming at the top of their lungs for these crimes to be investigated today? The article missed the mark.
E. Michael Kahoe
From words to actions
I read with interest the Feb. 17 letter “Religious duty to erase racism,” which said that Islam is the way to promote brotherhood among the races. I believe that the Quran and the Bible both espouse equality and consideration for others. However, in practice, most of us have a lot to learn.
On the next page of the Beacon Journal was an article about South Koreans who were bombed in their bus while sightseeing in Egypt.
You may say this was an extremist act, but most Americans have only known this kind of Islam from what we have read or experienced.
Do the women at the writer’s mosque worship with men? Do the women dress as they like, without fear of criticism? Are other races encouraged to participate?
I’ve heard otherwise. It’s easy to say the words, but it’s harder to “walk the walk.” One of the Methodist ministers I know walked with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was hosed and jailed. What has the writer done for equality?
Catherine M. Schindler