How Congress Can Create More Jobs: Mandate the National League Enact the Designated Hitter

December 17, 2009

We’ve heard a lot over the past year about job creation. Everything is jobs, jobs, jobs. Such rhetoric is typically followed up by policy proposals (whether from right or left) that are nonsense, nonsense, nonsense. But since we’re on the topic, the crack staff at the Tax Foundation has come up with one policy that would definitely create a lot of good-paying American jobs:

“The N.L. Should Be More Like the A.L. Act of 2009,” which would “mandate that the National League enact a designated hitter rule or MLB lose its anti-trust exemption; and that the total number of roster spots increases by one. “

At first, this would create 16 new jobs (number of N.L. teams). But think of all the other jobs. There will likely need to be more balls and bats produced because a D.H. is more likely to break a bat or foul a ball off during a plate appearance than a pitcher batting. This will increase the demand for wood and forestry products. Think of all those jobs. We may even need another bat boy. Pitchers will wear out faster, thereby compounding this issue. And pitchers will probably be more likely to be hurt during the season due to more wear and tear (every 9th batter won’t be essentially a free pass). Therefore, more replacement pitchers will be needed. Plus, this wear and tear will create more jobs for medical trainers. That can only be a good thing. More uniforms will need to be produced—more jobs! And Chuck Schumer will be sure that those uniforms are produced in America by a hard-working American as opposed to some “foreigner.” The multiplier effects of this policy are just off the charts.

You say that such a mandate would actually hurt overall economic welfare and possibly reduce overall employment (because jobs will be taken from elsewhere)? That doesn’t matter because those aren’t seen. Every summer, Americans will see these jobs we created. Can you point to a specific job that will be lost by this policy? Probably not.

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