Finally…Someone asked the Question

This NPR story has been making the rounds on the Internet. It’s well worth the four minutes of your time to listen to it. I’ve asked many times on this blog, why, if lowering taxes on the rich creates jobs, given that our taxes, particularly on the rich, are at historic lows, aren’t we living in a golden age of full employment? And I’ve said that the next time I hear someone ask John Boehner that question will be the first time. Well, finally, NPR has asked the question, and it’s great to hear nutty John Thune, a senator from South Dakota (meaning he represents 0.1 % of the country’s population), try to worm his way out of it, saying they just talked to the wrong business owners. Of course, neither Thune or anyone else can apparently point them to one of the right business owners to talk to. I was listening to the Thom Hartmann show and heard conservative Brian Darling of the Heritage Foundation idiotically try to respond. Someone else on the panel cried out that NPR is liberal, and then Darling added that “what, they couldn’t do their own research and find the right business people to talk to?” Really Brian, that’s all you’ve got? That’s what the whole story was, trying to find a business owner who would say the tax rate was keeping him from hiring. It’s your side, Brian, that is making the claim, so it’s on you to provide some actual, you know, evidence to support your position. Your answer makes pretty clear you have no evidence, so thank you, we accept your surrender. The only annoying thing in the story was in the introduction, telling us they tried to find some business owners who said the tax burden was keeping them from hiring, and “what we found might surprise you.” No s__t, really? The only reason it would surprise anyone is that NPR and virtually all of the media that reaches more than a few tens of thousands of people have let John Boehner repeat at least 1000 times that we can’t raise taxes on job creators, and until now, not a single entity in that vast media universe, including NPR, has asked the question. So, NPR, if anyone is surprised at what your story says, the only thing at fault is your own sloppy journalism the past couple years.
The story also begs the question, since no small business owners are complaining about the tax rates, then why are Boehner, McConnell, et al, repeating their sound bite every time they open their mouths? Oh yeah, it’s because they are doing the bidding of the huge conglomerates, and Exxon and GE still find it cheaper to buy Boehner and McConnell than it is to pay taxes.


About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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