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Consumers who have money are the job creators

After reading the propaganda letter on April 30, “Hike minimum wage, and jobs will feel pinch,” and reading local postings on the comment thread, I feel that there needs to be some clarification about who really creates jobs. 

Many state politicians, including those from this district, have touted their “job creating” policies that essentially boil down to reducing business taxes and relaxing regulations within the business environment.

Those policies will do nothing to “create jobs.” That propaganda only further transfers wealth to the already wealthy. None of those policies will jump-start hiring locally, regionally, or nationally. 

The truth is that consumers create jobs. 

Business-friendly politicians, business owners large and small, and the government do not create jobs. Consumers with living-wage-level incomes create jobs.

Living wages are what created this economy, once the strongest in the world. A strong American middle class with purchasing power is what makes this economy work. 

For too long, we have been fed a message that business owners have paved the way for the American way of life. There’s this idea that business owners should be exalted in some way as being the facilitators of the capitalist markets that we participate in every day.

Facilitators? Yes.

Creators? No. 

For more than 30 years, this “job creator” message has been accepted as a central economic truth. We also used to believe that the earth was flat, and that the sun revolved around us. It took some time, but science and reason came to a better conclusion about how our solar system actually works. 

It’s time for the American public to understand another paradigm-shifting truth: Consumers with money to spend create aggregate demand, and create jobs. 

Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, a multimillionaire and entrepreneur, explains this truth in 6 minutes. Visit Ted Talk Nick Hanauer.

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