Editor's note: This contribution by the late journalist I.F. Stone first appeared in our January 1975 magazine.
By Mark Pocan
We’ve all heard the Republican mantra: Businesses are the “job creators.” Well, I’ve been a small business owner for 23 years and I’ve got to tell you, there’s nothing more insulting for a business owner, or job creator if you will, to hear than the lip service Republicans constantly give us.
Ever notice how much the Republicans salivate when they talk about us “job creators?” Yet, when they get the keys to the Capitol, all they seem to do is figure out new ways to increase profit margins for big corporations and to offer tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, who are likely the owners of those same large corporations.
Tax cuts for those big corporations and the wealthiest among us don’t really trickle down to small business owners, who really are at the forefront of job creation. It’s a nice gift for the 1%, but in reality, it doesn’t help our economy.
Today, we put the talking points to rest and instead, 33 Democratic members of the Wisconsin State Legislature sent a letter of support for the American Jobs Act to the Wisconsin Congressional delegation in hopes to spur a bill that would help get our economy moving again.
President Obama’s American Jobs Act, made up of policy ideas previously supported by both Democrats and Republicans, will put people back to work and put more money in the pockets of working Americans to grow our economy.
I’m proud to have circulated the letter. It doesn’t appear that Governor Walker’s not-so-special session on job creation is actually going to create jobs. We have to start thinking outside of the box for other job creation ideas. The President has taken leadership on this and the time to act is now.
Wisconsin State Representative Mark Pocan (D-Madison), who coined the term FitzWalkerstan on the floor of the State Assembly, served three terms on the state’s budget committee, including one as its co-chair. He also served as the vice-chair of the non-partisan National Council on State Legislature’s Budget and Policy committee. Pocan’s Assembly district includes both the State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion, making Governor Scott Walker his most infamous constituent.