Just about all of Georgia’s Republican heavy-hitter candidates rolled into Columbus on a campaign bus this afternoon for a rally in the band shell at Lakebottom Park. From there they went to a fund-raising reception at the Convention and Trade Center.
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, 3rd District Congressman Lynn Westmoreland, gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal, and 2nd Congressional District candidate Mike Keown all took their turn at the microphone, but the message was pretty much the same: the big issue is jobs and they want the chance to help provide more. How? Same way that Republicans have been espousing all along, low taxes and fewer regulations, though Sen. Isakson did allow that regulations were all right to “level the playing field,” but not to “determine the outcome of the game.”
Will lower, or at least no new taxes, and fewer regulations provide more jobs? They want to continue the Bush tax cuts, not just for the middle class but for the upper class, too. Well, the Bush tax cuts were still in place when the jobless rate zoomed upward toward the end of the Bush administration.
Last quarter saw big profits for America’s big corporations. That did not translate into a lot of new jobs. Fewer employees lead to higher profits. So what makes Republicans think more jobs will be provided by lower taxes? Lower taxes on the middle class make some sense since the middle class drives consumerism, which is what our economy depends upon. You don’t sell millions of hamburgers and cars to the wealthy. There just aren’t that many of them.