Sunday, February 08, 2009

Michael Steele on 'This Week'

Can't find the embed code, but here's the VIDEO LINK.

Transcript from the money section:

STEELE: You've got to look at what's going to create sustainable jobs. What this administration is talking about is making work. It is creating work.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But that's a job.

STEELE: No, it's not a job. A job is something that -- that a business owner creates. It's going to be long term. What he's creating...

STEPHANOPOULOS: So a job doesn't count if it's a government job?


STEELE: Hold on. No, let me -- let me -- let me finish. That is a contract. It ends at a certain point, George. You know that. These road projects that we're talking about have an end point.

As a small-business owner, I'm looking to grow my business, expand my business. I want to reach further. I want to be international. I want to be national. It's a whole different perspective on how you create a job versus how you create work. And I'm -- either way, the bottom line is...

STEPHANOPOULOS: I guess I don't really understand that distinction.

STEELE: Well, the difference -- the distinction is this. If a government -- if you've got a government contract that is a fixed period of time, it goes away. The work may go away. That's -- there's no guarantee that that -- that there's going to be more work when you're done in that job.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Yes, but we've seen millions and millions of jobs going away in the private sector just in the last year.

STEELE: But they come -- yes, they -- and they come back, though, George. That's the point. When they go -- they've gone away before, and they come back.

1 comment:

T3FLON said...

Michael Steele is just being a Republican hack right now. How can he make the argument in the way he is making it? It literally makes no sense. A job is a job, right? If you have no job and you are offered a one-year contract from the government, I think you would take it. Not every job in the private sector is guaranteed for life. Why are we quibbling over nothing? If the job is temporary it will give you income while you look for a new job (good income, by the way).