OXFORD — The greatest potential to bring new jobs to the communities where we live doesn’t rest with President Barack Obama or with Gov.-elect Phil Bryant. It doesn’t even rest with members of the Mississippi Legislature.
The greatest potential belongs to officials who drive pickups for the most part, who campaigned with newspaper ads, yard signs and door-to-door. The greatest potential belongs to county supervisors, mayors, members of city councils and, along with them, a cadre of unelected folks serving on booster boards of one sort or another.
Watching TV and listening to those in high office certainly creates the impression that job creation is a top-down phenomenon.