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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Virginia GOP backs Bolling’s jobs stance

The Republican Party of Virginia would like to add its two cents to the flap between state Democrats and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R).

To recap: The Democratic Party of Virginia needled Bolling for stating, “We do not believe the government creates jobs.”
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (Steve Helber - Associated Press)
Since Bolling is the state’s chief jobs creation officer, much Democratic mirth ensued.

Bolling’s office essentially replied, duh, that’s our position: Government doesn’t create the jobs, it creates a business-friendly climate in which jobs can be created.

Now the state GOP would like to ditto Bolling’s comeback.

“President Obama and Congressional Democrats tried government-powered job creation, blowing through nearly $1 trillion our country didn’t have with the ‘stimulus,’” state Republican Chairman Pat Mullins said in a prepared statement. “What did we get for that money? Unemployment is still over 9 percent.

“When a small business goes out to hire people, they don't do it because there's some spiffy new government program paying for it. They do it because they think if they hire someone they can make more money. And when government gets in the way — with job killing tax hikes or regulations — the private sector stops hiring.”

You can read the full response below if you’re so inclined.

Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on DPV's latest "jobs" message:

"I'd like to thank Chairman Moran and his staff for spending so much time and effort making our point about jobs and job creation for us. Their effort is perfect proof that not only do Democrats not understand economics, but they also see government as the solution to each and every problem.

President Obama and Congressional Democrats tried government-powered job creation, blowing through nearly $1 trillion our country didn't have with the "stimulus." What did we get for that money? Unemployment is still over 9 percent.

Democrats just don't understand: the private sector, not government, is the growth engine of our economy. When a small business goes out to hire people, they don't do it because there's some spiffy new government program paying for it. They do it because they think if they hire someone they can make more money. And when government gets in the way — with job killing tax hikes or regulations — the private sector stops hiring. It's that simple.

Unlike President Obama, Governor McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bolling realize that real job growth comes from the private sector, not government spending. That's why they've both been working to bring private sector jobs into Virginia, rather than growing the government.

Democrats have, perhaps unintentionally, presented their vision for Virginia: government as the answer to every problem. Economic growth from government fiat. An ever growing government and higher taxes to pay for it.

Bob McDonnell and our Republican team have a different vision. A vision of a thriving private sector free to innovate, expand, and create, not bogged down by job killing tax increases and unnecessary regulation.

If this is the argument that Democrats want to have two weeks before Election Day, we welcome it. Because the voters of Virginia have answered this question twice before, in 2009 and 2010.

We're pretty sure where they'll come down on the question again in 2011, too."

By  |  02:53 PM ET, 10/25/2011

 
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