Crapo: Jobs debate is 'welcome,' talk of tax hikes is 'incomprehensible'

President Barack Obama's engagement in job creation is "welcome," Sen. Mike Crapo said this week, and it's time for Congress and the White House to get past its "tired, back-and-forth political battles" and produce results.

But in his weekly guest opinion to Idaho newspapers, the Republican senior senator staked out his side on what could be Capitol Hill's next "back-and-forth political battle." He rejected what has emerged as the centerpiece of the $450 billion Obama jobs plan: financing job programs by increasing taxes on upper-income groups.

"The misguided talk of some in Washington in favor of tax hikes at a time when the economy cannot stand it is incomprehensible," Crapo wrote.

Here's the Crapo guest opinion in full:

We need more secure, high-skilled jobs in America. There is broad agreement on that fact. All the discussion about how to create American jobs has served its purpose of identifying solutions. We have had enough talk. We must get to work creating the environment for job and economic growth.

While home during the state work period, I had the opportunity to discuss directly with fellow Idahoans the challenges our nation faces and hear ideas about how to resolve these challenges. It is clear that people are furious with the status quo. They cannot understand why the president and Congress continue to try to spend our way out of our nation’s fiscal crisis rather than control spending. The misguided talk of some in Washington in favor of tax hikes at a time when the economy cannot stand it is incomprehensible.

Generating lasting, good jobs and economic growth depends on improving the economic climate in the U.S. so that small businesses can innovate and invest in growth. The regulatory burdens and uncertainty, as well as our national debt, create the opposite climate and serve to exacerbate the current economic downturn. Our long-term debt picture is strangling current and future job creation.

The recently enacted $2.5 trillion deficit reduction measure was a modest but necessary beginning. But with a national debt of almost $15 trillion, many more deficit reduction measures, even larger in scope, must still be passed by this Congress, simply to keep our collective head above water. In addition to significantly cutting spending, we must reform the tax code to reduce tax rates, stimulate the economy and encourage job growth. The proposals I have supported and have been working on would control federal spending, cut taxes, grow the economy, reform the regulatory policies negatively impacting job creators, expand market opportunities for U.S. businesses and institute an energy policy that provides for the affordable energy necessary for increasing U.S. productivity. While we have differences of opinion on the best remedies, President Obama’s engagement with Congress regarding job creation and economic growth is welcome. To achieve the large-scale results necessary, full focus on this task and leadership is imperative.

We know what we need to do to set our nation on a strong course and demonstrate that we have heard and acted on the clear message from the American people. The tired, back-and-forth political battles do not get results. To grow our economy and encourage sustainable American jobs, we need to act on the solutions. We need further enforceable federal spending cuts; a pro-growth overhaul of our tax code and regulatory policy; a reduction of all individual and corporate tax rates; a strengthening of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to ensure their solvency for current and future recipients; expansion of market opportunities for U.S. businesses; and budget enforcement through spending caps and restraint of the use of budget tricks. Enough gridlock. Let’s get this done.



"Our #1 job is to try and make Obama a one-term President"

I would like to hear him explain how the current debt

picture is "strangling current and future job creation". Seems to me lack of demand, caused by a lowering of buying power in the average family, is what is strangling job creation. Which is compounded by 'free trade' with countries that don't play by the same set of environmental and humanitarian rules we do.

Would love to hear also how letting the Bush tax cuts for the top 5% expire will hurt the economy. Probably means a few Republican millionaires will have to pay their illegal alien gardeners a few dollars less a day.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Good-bye and good luck Jose!

Let me see if I got this straight. Increasing the taxes on millionaires will "probably" force them to reduce or eliminate their expenditures on things like gardeners and maids. Is this what Democrats mean by shared sacrifice?

what's up?

What's up with Crapo? We don't usually hear a lot out of him unless it's his election year.

Same ol Same ol

Tax cuts blah blah blah too many regulations blah blah blah tax cuts blah blah blah too many regulations blah blah blah

Yes sir, what we need is to make it easier for companies to make things that nobody can afford to buy, because folks are either unemployed or are in debt up to their eyeballs because medical and college costs are so high.

If Acme Blodget"s sales are down 50%, why does Crapo think that cutting their taxes and letting them pollute more will induce them to hire more workers?

The engine of our economy is consumers consuming; even shrub (go shopping) knew that.

The last time we had such a wealth gap between the top and bottom was in 1929. Go figure.


Crapo and his GOP colleagues in Congress like to howl about the deficit, but when it comes to restoring tax rates on those earning over $200,000, to levels of just a few short years ago, such a thing is incomprehensible? Apparently Crapo thinks it is wrong to ask those who are earning a good living to help pay off the war debt. Apparently Crapo thinks it is a good thing that more of the nation's tax burden has been placed on the declining middle class. Apparently Crapo would rather cut services for the poor and unemployed in this country before he would ever consider asking for one penny more in taxes from upper income people like himself. I guess Crapo is with those who believe that we no longer need middle class consumers to fuel the economy of this nation. That's too bad, because a very light review of history is all that's needed to prove him wrong. It's been said that, "Common sense ain't so common anymore." That quotation is more true than ever today.

Crapo says

"Talk of doing things the Republican way is "welcome", talk of compromise "incomprehensible".

Crapo is one of them

We need jobs AND tax increases on the wealthy. Also throw in the 76 special interest tax exemptions the Idaho GOP refuse to make them pay their fair share.
Let's keep the ankles on the necks of the working class. The GOP wants the income inequality to increase beyond the 1920's level.

They never met a rich corp they didn't love or a homeless person they didn't detest.

Get the "L" off yor forehead and go where the jobs are.

But that would involve getting off the couch. Such losers like you bring me down, and bring our country down. Many of us relocated 1000 miles during the Carter years just to start our careers. Your miserable whinning on the blog is a real buzz kill.

Perhaps you could jog a couple of miles or play some racquetball before posting.

Want a job. 25.00$/ hr. Laying pipe in the shale fields.

I like where I live, my family and there is no suitable reason.

I was born in this area. There are still people moving HERE.

There are plenty of things to do on any patch of this planet. The 'jobs problem' is psychological and is caused by the vicious circle that travels after a crash. For some, change of prospect might involve going somewhere they can find jobs without rethinking their entire plan. Some will always wander.

The rest of us feel our lives will always be in flux, and indeed that is life itself. We realize that things are never bad forever and we can still live here, good times or bad.

When you speak of $25 an hour, think of the kind of economy you will work in. Such high wages are not always the sign of wealth. Often they are but the result of the costs to live there. That famous California with it's seemingly enormous wage levels also features high property costs and taxes that until recently provided for services and high quality amenities like a lot of us have never had. It takes a lot to run a California.

Or a New York City.

So when you bemoan losing a $13 an hour job or whatever Micron, carpentry or what have you paid, did this relate so well to the lower income workforce? Do they simply adjust and go on?



What is wrong with living in or next to Idaho, honestly?

If I were capable of laying pipe, I could work in Wyoming. I already know the boss.

I didn't read just who the buzz killer is but I doubt I've give them a job, they would probably be a buzz killer there as well.

You cannot say you didn't try though and I'm with you on the sentiment.


Economists were invented to make astrologers look professional.

"...for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like...

a man standing in a bucket trying to lift himself up by the handle." - W. Churchill

Cute quote. Too bad it is most likely fake...

They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions, by Paul F. Boller, Jr. and John George.

Please throw away your "Fox News Guide to Historical People and Events".

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

"...for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like...

a man standing in a bucket trying to lift himself up by the handle." T. Pilot

How's that?

Now that's plagarism. The quote is out there, but the source

is doubtful.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

tetpilot re Churchill quote

I saw that quote in an article in the Telegraph over the weekend. Apparently the British like it, too, better than the original wording as spoken by Churchill.

Most likely fake?

"Well, there you go again," [Ronald Reagan] citing scholarly texts with an anti-conservative bias. The John Birch Society gets more attention in this book than Winston Churchill. A cute book with some persuasive arguements, but its extensive reliance on disclaimers such as probably and likely diminish its authority IMO.

If you have the source, then give it up.

Haven't you ever heard the phrase 'reality has a liberal bias'? Maybe if conservatives didn't lie so much to try and sell their selfish fairy tale view of the world, they wouldn't be singled out in a book pointing out their mistakes.

BTW, I'm the one who added probably. The book notes that Churchhills quote cannot be found anywhere in his extensive writings. If it exists in some other reputable form and directly attributed to W.C., then someone should offer that up. Otherwise, the quote is a fake.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

A lack of evidence is not in

A lack of evidence is not in itself evidence.

It is one thing to say the authors could not find evidence that directly links this quote to W.C., but it is wrong to conclude from this lack of evidence that the attribution to W.C. is "most likely" false.

I agree with the authors' premise that we need to be wary of attributing statements to historical figures, especially highly esteemed persons, if we can't cite the source of the statement, but I think their book is as misleading as the quotes they attempt to debunk. The question I would ask is if you removed the quotation marks, do the sentiments expressed seem to reflect or contradict what is known about a historical person's thoughts and beliefs?

To our knowledge, Jefferson may never have said, "That government is best that governs the least," in those exact words, but remove the quotation marks and the sentiment expressed closely reflects Jefferson's thoughts about the federal government particularly and to some extent state government also. Nothing Jefferson ever wrote could be used to justify the vast array of federal agencies that exist today.

"Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread." (excerpted from Jefferson's letter to his friend Joesph Cabell)

Ridiculous. I understand intellectual dishonesty is the

Republican party's MO these days, and you are evidence of that. Lack of evidence is not license to create your own theory about what a historical figure said, wrote or believed. How about this: I have no evidence that Reagan liked to have carnal relations with goats, but based upon what I believe his actions indicate, it's a reasonable conclusion and lack of evidence does not mean it didn't happen.

Why do Repubs hate education and honesty so much?

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Dear Ms Poet.....

I hope you are able to find professional help soon in order to bring about a speedy recovery.

Once again Tet, you prove neither original or accurate.

"Show, don't tell me." Neil Peart

A lack of evidence is not

A lack of evidence is not evidence, period.

It seems to me you are the one theorizing about the Churchill quote being a fake. A lack of evidence does not permit one to draw any valid conclusions, which is why the authors you cited hedged their speculative opinions with CYA disclaimers.

“To think you can make a man richer by putting on a tax is like a man thinking that he can stand in a bucket and lift himself up by the handle.” – Winston Churchill, speaking to the Free Trade League in Manchester, February 19, 1904.

The tax Churchill was referring to was a tariff on various manufacturing goods, and Churchill was opposed to tariffs. He spoke for an hour and a half on this subject, arguing that tariffs hurt more people than they help, hurt the overall economy, and may in the end wind up hurting the very industries they were suppose to help.

Obviously, the quote tetpilot found is a modified version of this quote and should not have had quotation marks around the words Churchill did not utter. While I don’t know who the person was who reworked Churchill’s words, we can be pretty sure it was a Republican, because Democrats never misquote anyone or in anyway distort history. Democrats get their information from reliable sources such as Saturday Night Live (“I can see Russia from my house.” – Sarah Palin) Andrew Sullivan, a far-left columnist and blogger, and Chris Matthews, a popular liberal talk show host. Sullivan seriously misquoted Winston Churchill on the subject of torture. Then to make matters worse, President Obama repeated the misquote in a press conference (April 29, 2009) shortly after removing the Churchill bust from the White House. Oh, the irony! Chris Matthews recently changed the meaning of a Reagan speech by quoting a few sentences out of context to the rest of Reagan’s remarks about deficits and raising the debt ceiling.

republicans say "government can't create jobs"

If so, why are they wasting time discussing jobs?

It created a job for Lab and Crapo...and made Rick Perry rich.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Any idiot can creat jobs.

The trick is, CAN YOU ALLOW GROWTH. Until the Govt. can show they will, STAND DOWN. The jobs you so adore will never materialize

S.S, you are really slipping...

Now you are not even making any sense.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

The problem is we are not growing.

.growing may be 1/2 of the solution of the way out of this and onto the other side.

.growing is one way to boost tax revenues.

.growing is one way to change the debt to spending ratio.

.growing is one way to lower the unemployment rate.

.pro growth policies are not being deployed by this administration, only short term pieces of candy are being talked about.

.It's obvious [to me] my margins are way up and most entrepreneurs that chase me can't even get a start up. The banks, the demand, and the government are all causing headwinds. Good for me, bad for our country.

.finally our 73,000 page tax code forces me to charge my customers an additional $500 a month to keep my name out of the paper.

.sometimes I don't make sense on the blog but I'm crystal clear on the street.

Crapo out of touch

Raising the tax rate on the wealthy seems reasonable to help pay for needed infrstructure projects that will help get the economy moving and also reduce the debt. Crapo may not comprehend this, but the overwheming majority of Americans do.