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Powers-that-be create infrastructure

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By Harold Morgon

 “Creating jobs” is a civic leader litany in economic development mythology, as in, “We must create private sector jobs.” A further piece of the litany — the next verse, I suppose — is that the private sector jobs must be of “quality.”
Behind the focus on private sector jobs is the myth that private sector economics are stable, and yet they sometimes depend on the public sector, conjuring images of an addled citizenry mainlining government dollars through a tube. For all this private sector talk, rest assured that the powers-that-be got very excited when the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center talked about putting a campus in Artesia. In 1989, the government bought a former college campus. The center is still in Artesia.
The assumption is that the private sector is better, and I totally agree, but as to stability, I doubt the private sector wins. My conversation with former Rep. Heather Wilson during her recent Senate race touched on the topic. It is nearly impossible to eliminate a government activity, Wilson said.


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