Friday, December 9, 2011

Mythbuster - NPR debunks "Job Creator" Catch Phrase

Ken O'Brien

Who can forget the rabid efforts by GOP forces in the Congress to defund National Public Radio earlier this year?

Further evidence of their motives for such an effort was provided today.

It has become axiomatic that any effort to raise taxes on the top 1% is met with the argument by Republicans that, "We can't raise taxes on the job creators."

In fact, Republicans have argued vehemently that tax reductions for  the rich don't have to be paid for because they pay for themselves in increased economic benefits (i.e. the gains to the rich trickle down to the 99%).

Toward this end most congressional Republicans have signed on to the Grover Norquist pledge to never raise taxes.

This pledge has caused an amusing (in the sense of black humor) spectacle of Republicans twisting themselves into pretzel-like contortions to defeat efforts to extend the payroll tax holiday that would benefit small business and middle class taxpayers.

Ignore the fact that they are now arguing that THIS tax cut has to be paid for.

Focus on the fact that Democrats have accepted that condition. In response they have proposed a surtax on those with annual incomes over $1 million per year.

In predictable knee-jerk fashion Republicans have responded that the $1,500 annual benefit to an average middle class family cannot be paid for by taxing the "job creators".

Here's where NPR comes in. The "job creator" myth has become such an article of faith with conservatives that they decided to investigate it.

First they called the offices of leading congressional Republicans asking for the names of typical "job creators" who would reduce hiring if the surtax was adopted. No names were provided.

Then they called business associations asking for the names of typical "job creators" who would reduce hiring if the surtax was adopted. No names were provided.

Finally they went on facebook asking business owners if their hiring decisions would be affected by a surtax on millionaires.

To a one they responded that, while it would affect their personal disposable income, it would not affect their business decisions.

So, the next time you hear a Republican say, "We can't raise taxes on the job creators", you should answer, "And that would be because....WHY?"

1 comment:

  1. I posted on the job creator myth a couple times now on my site. The goal of a business is to maximize profits, not increase expenses. Jobs are expenses. The only time it makes sense to increase expenses is when demand for goods and services is growing. The Republican use of "job creators" is cynical at best and if someone is using it and being truthful it indicates a complete lack of understanding of how businesses operate at a fundamental level. I would not trust such a person with their own money let alone the government's.


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