Archive for September 1, 2012
Republicans are forever telling us we must lower the corporate tax rate because if we do, corporations will start “investing in America” and they’ll create jobs. What Republicans are really saying, of course, is that they want to put more cash into the pockets of their corporate buddies but let’s pretend we’re buying their for-public-consumption argument. Let’s pretend we do what Canada has done over the last six years which is to lower the corporate tax rate by 30%:
Tax cuts create jobs. Paul Ryan and the Republican nominee Mitt Romney told a group that Canada just cut their corporate taxes to 15%.
Paul Ryan was obviously insinuating that these tax cuts put America at a disadvantage, and that the Canadian economy is going to explode and take all of our jobs. Corporate taxes in 2006 were already just 21%. In January 2011, Canada cut the corporate tax rate to 16.5%, then cut them again to 15% January 2012.
Overall, Canada has cut corporate taxes by almost 30% in 6 years.
The only problem is, the Canadian economy isn’t blasting off at all. It is still stuck in an anemic recovery. just like the United States. The Canadian economy only grew 1.8% in the second quarter of 2012. The United States on the other hand has a much higher statutory corporate tax and the economy grew at 1.7% in the same quarter. How can this be? Higher taxes hurt job creation, right? Yet both countries are stuck in the same slow recovery.
Unemployment in Canada has only dropped 1% since the recession ended, less than the drop in the United States which dropped almost 2%.
Unemployment should be dropping like a rock in Canada, not staying pace with the United States.
And don’t forget, when a politician talks about cutting taxes for one group, that means either they raise them for another, or cut services. Do we really want to lower corporate taxes? How does that get balanced out? By cutting infrastructure? Schools? Something’s going to have to give.
Oh, and remember when they told us if we cut taxes on the rich, they’d create jobs? Oops. That didn’t exactly pan out so now they’re trying to pull another one with this corporate tax cut BS. Enough already.
P.S. Hey Canada. You have a beautiful flag.
Vote, like a guy’s life depends on it, because it does:
Have a great weekend everyone. Enjoy yourself before the election gets really, really hasty. It’s gonna be a wall-to-wall national bummer of a fall: