LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nixon has improved business in Missouri

Thursday, April 5, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Since his 2008 election, Gov. Jay Nixon has managed to do what few elected officials have done. In addition to responding to unprecedented emergencies in both southwest and southeast Missouri, Nixon has taken a common sense, bipartisan approach to leadership many thought impossible amid staunchly partisan politics.

The results of Nixon’s ability to relate to Missourians and find common ground in Jefferson City are undeniable. Last month, the Department of Economic Development announced state unemployment dropped to its lowest level in three years as 21,000 new Missouri jobs were created in February. This lowers the state rate to 7.5 percent — almost a full percentage point lower than the national unemployment rate.

Along with strengthening the Missouri workforce, Gov. Nixon’s leadership has infused our state with a rush of entrepreneurial activity. According to the Kauffman Foundation, the year Nixon took office, Missouri was ranked an embarrassing 49th out of 50 states in small business creation. After Nixon’s first year of leadership, our ranking jumped to 35. Last week, the foundation released its most recent findings, listing the Show-Me State sixth in the nation, finding that four of every 1,000 Missourians launched a new business last year. This dynamic turnaround can be attributed to the business-friendly environment created by Nixon’s plan for growth and recovery.

As a Missourian, I am proud of our governor’s commitment to cooperation and common-sense policies and wish that other states were as fortunate to have such leadership.

Sam Hill is a graduate student at MU.

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Richard Saunders April 5, 2012 | 10:54 a.m.

So... is this supposed to be satire?

While the official "unemployment rate" may be 7.5%, the rate of people who would like a job is far, far higher.

The closest government statistic that captures this is the U6 category published by the BLS, which last printed at 14.9%. (the increase is the inclusion of short-term discouraged workers)

Of course, even this statistic lacks realism, as the formula has changed over the years to eliminate long-term discouraged workers. Adding these non-working workers into the mix, gives us a total of over 22%, nearly one-quarter of the available work force!

Besides, government cannot create jobs, as it is a consumer of capital, not a producer. Every effort of those "working to make Missouri a better place" comes at a cost. A cost which happens to always be higher than necessary due to having to support the overhead of a parasitic bureaucracy and it's crony rent-seekers looking for free-money.

Simply put, the larger the function of the parasites, the less likely the host will survive. If anyone in government truly wants to help, then they will cut off the head of the parasite, the not-Federal, not-Reserve System, which is nothing more than Wall St. banksters in disguise.

That they are allowed to issue and control the money supply is nothing short of the biggest crime of all time, as it transfers real wealth from those who create it, to those who counterfeit the notes given in return (which like all items in ever-increasing abundance, become less valuable by the day).

More money in society does not equal more wealth, but less, as it is nothing but more debt that is a burden to society. When it is borrowed and spent by the parasites on our behalf, without our consent, there is no real benefit available to accrue. There is only more debt to deal with later.

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John Schultz April 5, 2012 | 1:16 p.m.

Sam, just what did Nixon due to invigorate those small business owners to take a leap? And do you have details on the "business-friendly environment" he created? Or was it something from the state legislature that he signed? I'm curious how much of what you claim can be attributed and to whom.

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