If I have to hear one more politician talking about how their spending bill will create jobs, I'm going to go stark raving mad. I think that in the last week, I've heard it on NPR, Fox, CNN, MSNBC, and in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Jobs aren't created by forcing people to surrender their money so it can be used by some other favored group. Jobs are created by trade. People trade their skills, their time, their expertise, or their bodies for money. If someone values your skills, time, expertise, or body more than they value their money, they'll offer a swap. I'll give you x amount of dollars in exchange for x amount of your time.
Unless government intervenes, these trades only happen when both parties believe they're getting the best end of the deal.
The only way to increase these trades, their frequency, and the number of parties involved, is to lower and/or eliminate barriers to these trades. Stop punishing people who succeed via trade. Stop government munchkins from injecting themselves into these trades as middlemen. Allow people to trade all over the world without penalities.
Some employers take huge risks when they try to create something. They sometimes lose everything that they've invested, unless, of course, the government steps in and covers their losses (type "bailout" into the top left corner of this site).
I repeat, entrepreneurs can lose everything if when they aren't successful. At what confiscation rate should government punish their occasional successes?
End of rant. Thanks for listening.