GOP Can’t Find “Job Creators” Against Surtax
So, NPR requested to speak to some of the potential “victims” of the surtax:
We wanted to talk to business owners who would be affected. So, NPR requested help from numerous Republican congressional offices, including House and Senate leadership. They were unable to produce a single millionaire job creator for us to interview.
Undefeated, NPR next requested the same thing from business groups that have also fought the proposal. Again, no example could be produced.
Eventually, the reporters placed a request for business owners that would be affected by the tax to respond, and they did — only the answers they got were mostly like Jason Burger, co-owner of a company called CSS International Holdings.
Mr. Burger’s company is an international “infrastructure contractor”:
“If my taxes go up, I have slightly less disposable income, yes…But that has nothing to do with what my business does. What my business does is based on the contracts that it wins and the demand for its services.”
Burger says his Michigan-based company is hiring like crazy, and he’d be perfectly willing to pay the surtax.
“It’s only fair that I put back into the system that is the entire reason for my success,” said Burger.
So again, Republicans are manufacturing disastrous consequences for policy proposals that are quite sound.
Now, it is possible that the businesspeople who responded to NPR on Facebook are prone to be more liberal, but the fact that both the Republican party and business trade groups couldn’t provide a single example of an small entrepreneur who would decide not to hire based on his personal taxes is illustrative of how the conservative mind works.
Thinks are true because I feel they are true. Damn the evidence.
- GOP backs payroll tax extension but rejects surtax on millionaires (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Does the GOP Really Love You? (inc.com)
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