Amid all of the snow news on Sunday night’s World News, ABC reporter David Kerley tossed in a positive reference to President Obama’s supposed abilities to create jobs. “While President Obama didn’t come up with it, the storm is its own mini-jobs program,” Kerley touted, talking about the extra cash some people made helping to shovel out their neighbors.
Actually, the jobs “created” by the snow storm might resemble those “created” by the government in that the work is only temporary, but the snow-clearing work also sprouted spontaneously based on actual demand and without the need for huge government bureaucracy to manage the process.
And nearly 48 hours after the snow stopped falling, most private businesses and individuals have dug out their own property, while local governments have yet to finish clearing residential areas. Maybe instead of demonizing profit, liberals could finally recognize how effective the profit motive is at inspiring people to engage in productive work.
Here’s a bit of Kerley’s story from snow-smothered Washington, D.C. on the February 7 World News:
DAVID KERLEY: In this city of monuments, the monumental job of digging out is underway -- plows, snowblowers, shovels, even dustbins used to clear away what's being called a historic snowfall....In all, 15 million Americans coping with two feet of snow. In Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia, main roads are nearly clear, but most side roads are untouched. Many schools are already closing through Tuesday....And while President Obama didn't come up with it, the storm is its own mini-jobs program.
MAN SHOWING OFF MONEY HE MADE CLEARING SNOW: This is like four, 420.
KERLEY: Cold cash, in a record storm.