Fletcher releases jobs plan, where's DeMaio's?

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Details can be hard. So the details that candidates offer -- or leave out -- can reveal a lot.
One of the easiest ways to tell what the real priorities are for a given politician is whether or not there's a step in their plan where the supposed goal is acheived. For example, Nathan Fletcher released a jobs plan this week that lays out his strategy for creating 130,000 new jobs, while boosting venture capital and new patents. It outlines specific areas to target and specific strategies to reach definable job creation goals. Like it or don't, it's a specific map to specific benchmarks of job creation -- an honest-to-goodness proposed solution to the actual problem that needs fixing.
By contrast, the part where actual jobs are created is strikingly absent in Carl DeMaio's various roadmaps and pathways. DeMaio has a lot to say about cutting jobs and cutting pay, moving jobs from the public to the private sector, how government can do less with less. And there's plenty about cutting regulations for existing captains of industry (not that the public would necessarily know about the results they paid for). But the step where jobs are actually created -- where people actually go back to work -- that's missing. Seriously, it isn't there. Take a look for yourself. Instead, the plan goes something like: "Step 1, Cuts and de-regulation; Step 2, ???; Step 3, Jobs!" Heck, that third step might not even be in there either, aside from calling it "Job Creation."
Regulations have been rolled back and historic tax breaks handed out in recent years at the federal level, does anyone look around and see a strong economy? DeMaio himself provides a good illustration of whether this plan works. DeMaio is worth millions, has been for quite some time. But unless you count signature gatherers, it's unclear what jobs his millions have been creating. Instead, DeMaio's proposals amount to little more than an ideology and a wish. Even if you like the ideology, it isn't actually a plan, no matter what it's named. And without a plan that actually includes achievement of more and better jobs, we aren't actually talking about solutions. We're just talking about empty rhetoric to get a gig.
DeMaio's vision of simply locking in our current situation isn't just lazy, it purposely avoids a solution. And that isn't leadership, it's complicity. That might be "good enough" in Carl DeMaio's judgment, but it doesn't do much for anyone else.