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Former Missouri State Treasurer and probable candidate for the open U.S. Senate seat Sarah Steelman (r) posted on Twitter about a visit to a local business she arranged for a class she teaches in Springfield::

Took my class to Askinosie Chocolate Factory tonight. Shawn with great humility talked about his business and helping kids. 5:58 PM Apr 21st from web

He is changing his neighborhood, community and the world by the choices he makes. His Chocolate University is such a great! 6:00 PM Apr 21st from web

I think the students appreciated what he is doing. He is a capitalist who makes positive choice based on service not “greed”. 6:02 PM Apr 21st from web

He has a new initiative to help unemployed people.Not relying on government – but each other. He is truly an inspiration to all who meet him 6:05 PM Apr 21st from web

The initiative of this one small business is a good thing. Let’s ask Sarah Steelman to do the math and try to figure out how many small businesses it would take, choosing to do the right thing, to solve this problem in the entire United States:

Table A-12.  Alternative measures of labor underutilization


U-6 Total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers, plus total employed part time or economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers.

March 2009 – 15.6

That’s an ideological republican for you, tout the virtues of someone nobly putting their finger in the dike (and this is a good thing) while ignoring the fact that all around you the dam has been over topped and breached.

This is what the government stimulus plan that Sarah Steelman so disdains is starting to do in Missouri:

…Lost Creek is a wind energy project located in DeKalb County [Missouri] being developed by Wind Capital Group. The $300 million project will be capable of generating 150 MW of power when it is completed and will utilize transformers manufactured by ABB at the Jefferson City plant by UAW labor…Lost Creek is a beneficiary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will create hundreds of local construction jobs.

Not to mention all those jobs at ABB in Jefferson City manufacturing transformers for those wind turbines.

Or, do we just let everyone eat cake?