There’s nothing more indicative of obstructionism than when a political party protects the interests of a group that doesn’t exist. NPR had an excellent segment on Morning Edition today where the delved into the Republicans claims that the millionaire surtax provision in the Payroll Taxcut Extension would hamper the ability of small business owners to hire new employees. When they attempted to find a single millionaire job creator who would be unfairly burdened by the surtax by asking Republicans to give them somebody to talk to, their search came up empty:
We wanted to talk to business owners who would be affected. So, NPR requested help from numerous Republican congressional offices, including House and Senate leadership. They were unable to produce a single millionaire job creator for us to interview.
So we went to the business groups that have been lobbying against the surtax. Again, three days after putting in a request, none of them was able to find someone for us to talk to. A group called the Tax Relief Coalition said the problem was finding someone willing to talk about their personal taxes on national radio.
So next we put a query on Facebook. And several business owners who said they would be affected by the “millionaires surtax” responded.
“It’s not in the top 20 things that we think about when we’re making a business hire,” said Ian Yankwitt, who owns Tortoise Investment Management.
What should be amazing is that NPR was able to find actual millionaire ‘job creators’ to speak with on Facebook, not the fact that the GOP’s justification for voting against a tax extension for over 160 American workers hinges on the interests of a non-existent group of small business ‘job creators’ who supposedly wouldn’t be able to hire new employees if the legislation passed.