On Morning Joe much of the conversation early on pertained to the election and how Romney/Ryan have to get their message of economic recovery out past all the other noise. The problem with all this is how the political class talks about the economy, and even Romney falls into this language trap at times. They all say that the President must create jobs. They say that what's most important is jobs, jobs, jobs.
To an individual out of work, of course, a job is a primary concern, but the person is not necessarily happy with any job -- most people want to work at jobs which they like and feel useful, that challenge them and require some mental effort. When you are broke any job will do, but we want to do better than that, and Presidents aren't the answer. It's not just empty words in a political speech to say that government doesn't create jobs, it's a fundamental truth that government doesn't create sustainable, good jobs that satisfy workers. Government can create jobs, and some people might like the jobs, but they are temporary jobs, and most of the time the jobs created by government have unintended consequences.
Government has no idea what kinds of jobs the economy needs or how many are required. A President might make a campaign promise that he/she will create jobs, but this is part of the Political Lie the country is now beginning to see for the lie it is. The Morning Joe panel agreed that Romney has to focus in his speech on jobs, how to turn the economy around, but this is true only in a new way. Romney doesn't need to propose policies that will turn around the economy unless that policy entails removing government from tinkering with the economy. What Romney needs to make clear is that government and Presidents are impotent when it comes to generating real economic grow and good sustainable jobs -- all government or a President can do is assure private sector business owners, entrepreneurs and investors that government will not intervene and will do all in its power to create stable rules and conditions so that costs can be calculated.
Calculation is critical to successful business ventures or expansion, so Romney must promise from this angle that government will stop creating havoc and uncertainty in the market. Romney and Ryan have touched on this, but it must become a central message, so that it's crystal clear Romney and Ryan realize the private sector is the guiding force and potential driver of recovery, and that government must humbly back off, cheer on and inspire business people to do what they do best -- innovate, create and produce. Then jobs will come. The fundamental problem of government intervention in the economy must be dealt with before jobs will come back. Unemployment is a symptom, and government job creation is a short-term, symptomatic solution. Government intervention in the economy is a fundamental problem, and allowing a free market is a fundamental solution. Until we apply the fundamental solution, good, meaningful, sustainable jobs will not return.