In order to raise the debt ceiling which will prevent America from defaulting on our debt, Republicans are insisting on cutting spending by slashing entitlement programs like Medicare and Medicaid while at the same time refusing any revenue increases like ending subsidies on gas and oil or tax increases on the wealthy and corporations. The blanket reason for this they say is raising taxes on the “job creators” will have a negative effect on our economy and will not create new jobs.
Well, I am here to tell you that is simply wrong. If keeping the tax rate on the above mentioned people at the lowest levels in decades created jobs, the previous decade should have had a plethora of job creation. That would mean our jobless rate should be well below 5% (now it is maintaining at around 9%, however, in minority communities it is much higher). The fact is, under the Bush tax cuts, job creation has been at its lowest. (click to enlarge graph below)
Also, the wages for the middle and lower classes have stagnated. Pat Garofalo reported: Over the 2000 to 2009 period, workers experienced a “lost decade,” with incomes falling by nearly five percent and wages hardly growing at all. And according to Jed Graham, the last decade in terms of real wages was actually worse than the Great Depression:
The increase in total private-sector wages, adjusted for inflation, from the start of 2001 has fallen far short of any 10-year period since World War II, according to Commerce Department data. In fact, if the data are to be believed, economy wide wage gains have even lagged those in the decade of the Great Depression (adjusted for deflation). Over the past decade, real private-sector wage growth has scraped bottom at 4%, just below the 5% increase from 1929 to 1939, government data show.