I've been reading about some of the open forums and such held by the 9 Democratic presidential cantidates and there seem to be a lot of people looking to the government to create jobs for them.
This brings to mind a question: What role does the government have in creating jobs? Literally I mean, since quie a few people mentioned want to know "what are you (D. presidential cantidate) going to do to help me get a job?"
To my mind there is very little the government can do to directly create jobs unless it is for unskilled labor building the civil engineering projects ala the Hoover Dam, but the best thing the government can do is make it easier for busineses to start and continue operations so said businesses can hire and employ people.
Are people, in general, placing unrealistic expectations on the government? Have we, as a society, confused the real power of government (in regulation/organization mainly) with what we think it 'should' be, i.e. job creation, benefit provider, etc?
Maybe I am off in left field with this thought but shouldn't the people who are asking "what have you done for me lately" be asking "what are you going to do to empower me to help myself and others" instead? As John Kennedy said "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." It seems that a lot of people have forgotten that simple concept.