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Maybe Republicans Talk to Business People Because They Give Campaign Contributions

Friday, 26 August 2011 05:26

The Washington Post featured an extraordinary exercise in mind reading on page 3 today. The article, which carries the subhead, "candidates gravitate to potential job creators rather than unemployed," told readers:

"the contenders in the GOP field appear to be spending most of their time with those they think could be the solution to the country’s economic hardship (business owners) rather than those who are most directly experiencing the hardship (people out of work)."

Of course the Post has no idea what the Republican presidential candidates think. A serious newspaper would restrict itself to telling readers what the candidates do and say.

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written by ComradeAnon, August 26, 2011 8:46
Since "Demand" creates jobs and consumers would be the ones providing said "Demand", perhaps they should spend at least a little time trying to do those things that could help the consumers. You know, simple things, like trying to help out in the jobs department. But hey, what do I know? I'm just an unemployed consumer.
the definition of oligarchy
written by frankenduf, August 26, 2011 8:57
reminds me of the john jay philosophy: the people who own the country should govern it- sigh- not much has changed on the supreme court it seems...
WaPo's brain captured by Republicans
written by Holden Pattern, August 26, 2011 10:33
Notice the use of the phrase "potential job creators". That is a profoundly Luntzian phrase, which assumes and makes the Republican argument about who actually has value, even standing alone.

Help the "job creators". Don't tax the "job creators". The "job creators" are heroic lords who give all of us moochers a chance to earn a living.

Job Creators
written by Paul, August 26, 2011 10:59
Would create jobs if there were more demand for their goods and services that is not being satisfied by current staff. But since demand is very deficient, Job Creators just sit on their record corporate profits until someone creates some customers.

But nobody - even putative Keynesian economists - is interested in creating customers for the Job Creators so the unemployed continue to suffer. Welcome to America 2011 - home of the dopes who don't know how to solve their problems even though Keynes explained it clearly 75 years ago.
written by diesel, August 26, 2011 6:38
From "job creators" it's just a short hop to "the people who give you a job". Funny, I'd always thought that an employer paid you for your time, effort and/or expertise because those were the very things he/she lacked.
written by joe, August 27, 2011 3:09
The unemployed are the job creators. That's why the economy is painted into a corner.

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