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Republicans Say That Tax Increases are "Job Killers," the WAPO Doesn't Know What They Believe

Sunday, 14 August 2011 16:28

More journalism 101 for the Washington Post. It told readers in a front page story that tax increases on the wealthy

"are considered 'job-killing' and off-limits by many Republicans."

Of course Republicans call tax increases job killers, but politicians often say things that they do not believe to be true. Many members of Congress are old enough to remember the 90s when the economy created 3 million jobs a year even though the higher Clinton era tax rates were in effect.

The Post should restrain itself to telling readers what politicians say and do; it does not know what they actually think.

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Thou Shalt not Murder Thy Neighbor's Ox, Ass, Swine or Job
written by izzatzo, August 14, 2011 6:57
Not really. As Rick Perry would say to covet the murder of jobs in the mind with tax increases is the same as actually killing jobs and merely reporting this as a fact does not affect what they actually believe versus what they said they believe.

Stupid liberals.
Less tax = more jobs?
written by John Puma, August 15, 2011 7:54
The Bush II tax cuts brought us the (incredibly, seriously accepted) notion of "the JOBLESS recovery." The only factor that kept the economy out of the toilet, for a while, was easy borrowing that supplemented lost wages.

When the Repubs in congress lay off a couple hundred thousand FAA employees that does not qualify as job destruction because, apparently, the ONLY acceptable government jobs are their own.

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