The Myths and Legends of the Job Creator

If a businessman is a "Job Creator," why isn't a teacher?

I hear the term “job creators” spoken a lot on the news lately.

The Republicans are always going on about this moniker, and how we must keep the Job Creators happy, or they will not create jobs, and our economy will start to sputter even worse than it is now… and then God knows what could happen. 

Apparently, we will all fall into a peril so horrifying; it will rival the famous lines from Ghostbusters:  “Dogs and cats, living together—mass hysteria!”

I don’t really know what a Job Creator looks like, though. 

I envision it to be the late Steve Jobs, or possibly Bill Gates, or someone else… but always someone in a suit and tie who works in a high-rise and makes salaries in the seven-to-eight figures.

This person is faceless; and I am a very visual person, so I need to know what the Job Creator looks and acts like.

Because, from what Republicans tell me, it sounds to me like they are perpetually unhappy, and that we must somehow vote only for people who will appease them. 

But appease them how? 

Are the Job Creators a new version of the Mayan God, Quetzalcoatl?  Shall we travel up the Yucatan and throw them a virgin or something?  I simply cannot be of service to these people, and therefore my country, if I don’t know what they want. 

No, I only know that they've been given everything recently, and I know what they don't want. The Republicans often give me a list of things which will displease the Job Creators; things like:  Do not repair the infrastructure, do not support unions, do not impose “big government” regulations on industry and banking, and do not raise the taxes of the Job Creators (for fear that they will be sour).

Furthermore, I imagine that we should not get them wet or feed them after midnight. 

Because if one thing will make the Job Creators go from Gizmo-to-Stripe, it’s cold pizza at dawn.

But, despite all these efforts to placate them, they are not creating jobs. 

They are in dereliction of their duty, and reports show them hoarding cash as profit. For the better part of a decade now, the Bush (and, to some degree, the Obama) Administration had time and money to molify these people, and we still have slow economic growth and unemployment close to nine percent.

So, at the very least the results do not justify the means.  The appeasements and sacrifices to our national prosperity on their behalf apparently have not worked.

I’m not a hippie. I’m not a dreamer. I’m a teacher. 

So forgive me if I don’t understand this whole thing.

It does seem to me, though, that if we’re going to have an ethereal discussion about who really creates jobs, we might want to consider the idea that teachers are, in fact, actual job creators.

Because I’m pretty sure that, even before they were myths and legends, the Job Creators were students. And our society seems to not treat these two professions equally.

Wait. What am I saying? That’s crazy. A teacher isn’t someone who, if they lose self-worth, might not harm an entire generation of the workforce. 

They really don’t have an impact on society, by teaching people the skills that the other, more-revered Job Creators might one day hope to hire. Right?

Or maybe they do. Maybe we’ve got things ass-backwards, and we live in a society where we fear what a private-sector, mythical Job Creator will do when unhappy; while taking for granted that a public-sector teacher would never be so cold-blooded as to undertake a similar dereliction of duty by dismissing a student because they no longer feel it’s lucrative to deal with them; or that a quality teacher would ever become so exceedingly unhappy about their paychecks or the government who is supposed to defend them, so much that they stop doing their job. 

Maybe things are a bit topsy-turvy when the teacher is demonized by an entire political party for somehow “sucking money” from society with their middle-class paychecks AFTER coming home from a job where they are expected to wholeheartedly and unflinchingly push future Americans to be the best, both now and forever, by learning something that will make them valuable to our society. 

Maybe our society would be better off with balancing the focus and reverence that we currently give the CEOs of a company — even though those CEOs haven’t earned that worship even when being given all of the breaks a government can afford to give them — to professions whose benefits are actually repaid to that society. 


I guess I am a bit of a dreamer.

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Dave Walker January 13, 2012 at 05:09 PM
(Continued)... Here's a link to an article from entrepreneur magazine regarding a recent study from the Treasury Department. Now, I know you tea drinkers think that any branch of the Government is actually Satan, but give it a read nonetheless. You might learn something. Here's a quick Summary It's a song we've heard all through the downturn: Small businesses create most of the jobs, so they should be the focus of federal assistance. But is it true? New data says -- not in general. Businesses with between $10,000 and $10 million of revenue account for just 17 percent of business income, according to a recent Treasury Department report. So here is me telling you that 17% does not constitute a "vast majority" However the vast majority of what you said to Patrick was insulting and false
Dave Walker January 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Here's the link to the article: http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/220616 Also Ken. I read economics teachers post just once and seem to understand it. It seems that you said Patrick does not understand the concept of Capitalism. And Eco teacher, in my opinion, gave a short summary of why capitalism is not necessarily perfect if left unregulated. "Unregulated" now that's a term a "job creator" can identify with - you probably feel as at home with that term as you do the term "lipton" If you still think he's full of it just search John Rockefeller and monopoly in google.
Dave Walker January 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
I think what eco teacher did was assume you had at least a 3rd grade level of understanding about basic economics, and tried to smarten up the conversation by expanding on that knowledge. But if you didn't get it - that's ok. We can start slow. You've probably been reading the constitution and other historical documents and the "new" language might throw you off.
James Thomas January 13, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Mr. Walker, I suggest that you start your own business. If after doing so you feel that the Business Regulatory environment of today "coddles" you then I will give more weight to your post. Mr. McEntee has that perspective. Both of you are guilty of using unescessarily loaded terms in your posts and need to learn how to post in a more civil manner.
Dave Walker January 13, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Mr. Thomas, I appreciate your civil comments and apologize if my loaded terms were taken as callous. I admit that I do get a little emotionally charged over the issues, and strive for comments that will make an impact. I will take your advice, as I do notice that civil comments seem to have the most impact after all. As far as me starting my own business, I did 28 years ago. I have four offices in the greater Cleveland area. I also employ 75 people who depend on me every day. My belief is that the business regulatory environment of today distinguishes us from the business environment of 50 - 75 years ago. I truly believe for the better. I appreciate your comments


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