‘The Walz-Obama Plan: More Job-Killing Taxes for More Failed Stimulus Spending’

The National Republican Congressional Committee (which is the arm of the Republican Party that seeks to help Republicans win elections to the U.S. House) has confided to me its reaction to President Obama’s budget proposal, or, as the NRCC calls it, the Walz-Obama Plan (since the NRCC apparently has information that U.S. Tim Walz, Dem-southern Minnesota, is a key architect of the budget blueprint (although this fact is nowhere divulged by Walz on either his congressional or his campaign websites).

The NRCC chose the medium of an emailed press release to divulge its feelings about the Walz-Obama budget plan to me and perhaps some others. The press release is headlined:

“The Walz-Obama Plan: More Job-Killing Taxes for More Failed Stimulus Spending;  Minnesota Democrat’s Party Leaders Put Forward a Budget That Permanently Embraces Their Failed Big-Government Policies.”

The press release begins thus:

”Washington — Instead of offering an alternative to years of failed leadership and policies, Tim Walz’s Democrat leaders have made it clear they never intend to quit taxing, spending and borrowing to protect their big-government priorities. Walz’s constituents in Minnesota are looking for a new direction after years of Democrat stimulus packages and tax hike proposals, but instead it seems he is poised to double down on these failed policies even further.

“‘Tim Walz’s Democrat leaders are shamelessly doubling down on their policies of more job-killing taxes to pay for even more wasteful stimulus spending,’ said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. ‘After years of these failed big-government policies from Washington, Walz’s constituents in Minnesota are certainly looking for a new direction that he and his fellow Democrats seem unwilling to consider.'”

The press release goes on for five additional paragraphs, but perhaps you have the gist. The word “failed” appears seven times, always adjectivally (if “adjectivally” is indeed a word) as “failed policies” (three times), “failed big-government policies” (two more times), “failed leadership and policies” (just once) and “failed stimulus spending (once). The quasi-word “job-killing” appears three times, always adjectivally and always modifying the plural noun “taxes.”

If you would like to see the full statement, to check my word counting of for any other reason, you can find it here, although you will note that the version displayed is a slight variation in which all seven references to “Walz” have been replaced by references to “Matheson,” which is the name of the Dem incumbent House member from Utah.

As the link makes clear, a surprisingly similar press release has been issued in 52 slight variations, the only variation being that a different Dem congressman’s name is inserted in place of Walz (and Matheson). Among Minnesota’s House Dems, Collin Peterson was also so-honored, although Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison were not. Communications Director Lindsay’s views on the Peterson-Obama plan are not significantly different from his views of the Walz-Obama plan.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 02/15/2012 - 07:06 am.

    ‘The Walz-Obama Plan: More Job-Killing Taxes for More Failed Sti

    The 2010 elections took place at a moment when people seemed to have lost faith in Keynesianism. The 2012 elections are taking place at a moment when people have lost faith in expansionary austerity.

    If you want an irony, consider Michigan. It will likely vote for a Republican who was against the auto bailout that saved the state’s economy. Chrysler as of this quarter is profitable. GM is profitable. The auto bailout saved huge numbers of jobs and the cluster of supplier businesses and all that industrial employment which would have been lost forever. But Michigan will likely vote for the guy who would have cut their throats. Such is politics.

  2. Submitted by Randall Ryder on 02/15/2012 - 07:49 am.

    Jobs and Taxes

    So where is the proof that taxes kill jobs? And we have seen what happens which the top 1% and corporations taxes are reduced–fewer jobs or jobs moved overseas.

  3. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 02/15/2012 - 09:26 am.

    Failure

    …. is definitely the name for the current Republican party.

  4. Submitted by John McDonald on 02/15/2012 - 10:28 am.

    It’s like déjà vu all over again

    Reagan’s Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) of 1982 remains the single largest peacetime tax hike in the nation’s history. The act was meant to alleviate a deficit swollen by dramatic increases in defense spending and the massive tax cuts of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981, which dramatically slashed taxes across the board. Republicans and conservative think tanks predicted doom. But contrary to such claims, the economy started to expand only after the passage of the TEFRA tax hikes. Growth surged by almost nine points between the end of 1982 (when TEFRA kicked in) and the second quarter of 1983.

    Clinton faced ferocious opposition to his 1993 budget plan which raised the top marginal rates to 39.6 percent from 31 percent. Again, Republicans and conservative think tanks predicted doom. When Clinton signed the budget bill into law, the nation’s unemployment rate stood at 6.9 percent and the deficit was more than $255 billion. Every year thereafter unemployment dropped and by 2000 the jobless rate was at 4.0 percent, the lowest of any year since 1968. The deficit shrank until, in 1998, the federal government was able to boast of a budget surplus for the first time since 1969.

    And now here we are again with Republicans and conservative think tanks warning that if we raise taxes, the sky will fall. Yet despite the NRCC’s talking point about “job-killing taxes,” small business employment rose by an annual average of 2.3 percent — or 756,000 jobs — during the 1990’s when top tax rates were at the levels they’ll return to if the cuts expire. By contrast, between 2001 and 2006 — after the Bush cuts took effect — small business employment rose at only 1 percent annually — or 367,000 jobs.

    And on the spending side of the Republican “tax-and-spend” mantra, may I ask where we’d be right now if programs like TARP (instituted by Bush) and the auto bailout (supported by Paul Ryan) had never happened? On the street selling apples, that’s where. Do you think maybe then they’d get it? Nah.

  5. Submitted by Alec Timmerman on 02/16/2012 - 11:02 pm.

    Have all our jobs fled to Wisconsin yet?

    About a year ago Forbes magazine wrote how Wisconsin was Open for Business! Their exclamation point, not mine. It would be great if these folks would revisit, one year later, the glorious effects of unfettered Republican catering to the 1% in Wisconsin vs. business hater Dayton in Minnesota. The author even called out Dayton and Illinois governor as Taxers!

    Wisconsin has done terribly. Minnesota has recovered at above average pace.

  6. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 02/17/2012 - 01:35 pm.

    budget plan

    Mr. Black,

    I am confused. Do you support the Obama Budget?
    It seems you disparage those who attack the Obama budget without giving your own opinion of the Obama budget.
    As a self described “deficit hawk” I would think you would at least have an opinion concerning this budget.
    I have a faint recollection of employing this same strategy in previous years. Attack those who attack the Obama budget – without giving your opinion of the Obama budget.

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