Politicians are a necessary evil. They produce nothing of value and are a drain on the energy expended by working people and in doing so are an anathema to a free market society. Yet, our country’s government being a Democratic Republic requires their existence for it to function. This results in a conflict because all healthy national economies grow and flourish through the creation of wealth and politicians expend wealth.
Creating wealth requires that some form of “profit” results from the activity in question. If you own a business that provides a product or a service, in order to succeed in that endeavor, you must make a profit which, in turn, allows the business to grow resulting in more employment and further growth and so on. That’s creating wealth, for you the owner, for your employees, for your suppliers, for the country.
Being paid a salary by some governmental subdivision is not creating wealth. I suppose that if you wanted to really stretch the concept you might argue that, being a teacher for example, you are preparing students for eventually doing something that will someday create wealth.
Another stretch you might want to make is that, if the government orders goods from private industry, this action, creates wealth. The fact that this is done in great measure (a billion or two here and there for a new fighter aircraft or a few carriers) but, again this is a secondary result. The primary action is that the government is doing nothing but spending.
Also keep in mind that private business has great incentives to create wealth. It has to constantly attempt to maintain growth and market share and, most importantly, control costs in which a major component is taxes.
Government has no such incentive. It gets its “income” through taxes, not through something it’s produced. Its primary product is service – much of it needed but much of it for its own benefit. This is what leads to ever increasing bureaucracy. Over-inflated bureaucracy can occur in private business too but ultimately it has a detrimental effect on the business’ success in remaining profitable. There is no such check on government unless sincere and honest politicians force it through oversight.
And that leads to the gist of the issue. Politicians don’t create wealth. They use wealth to (1) get themselves reelected and (2) comply with the wishes of their heaviest contributors. This holds true for all politicians.