Many political candidates like to say that business is the backbone of our economy (or some variation on that theme.) They particularly like to say it to voters who don’t have jobs or who work in factories, but they also like to say it to corporate leaders and executives who pay to play. They usually follow up with remarks like (a) government is the problem, not the solution; or (b) government should get out of the way and let business do what it does best; or (c) we need people in Congress (the government) who will create jobs. (The last statement seems rather incongruous with the first two.) Furthermore, when things go badly most people seem to want to place the blame squarely upon government.
So this begs the question to whom should we really look for jobs creation—and who should really shoulder the blame? What are some of the true major components of the problems we see today? I have opinions, but I would like to see how this thread might develop.