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Trumka: Best Way to Create Jobs is to Raise Taxes

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By Doug Powers  •  February 26, 2011 10:03 AM

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If this guy didn’t have the White House’s ear on a daily basis it might not be worth mentioning, but unfortunately, that’s not the case:

What’s the best way to get Americans back to work?

Raise taxes, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Specifically, he wants to raise the federal gas tax as a means to fund infrastructure spending. “We need a dedicated source of revenue to create infrastructure in this country,” he tells Aaron Task in the accompanying clip.

“We need to create jobs. The best way to do that is through infrastructure development.” Simply maintaining the existing infrastructure in this country will cost $2.2 trillion over five years, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. That doesn’t include Obama’s objective of high-speed rails and green energy projects.

Trumka didn’t say specifically how much he would raise the gas tax, but mentioned he’s shown the President a $256 billion plan to improve infrastructure. If every billion spent on infrastructure creates 35,000 jobs, as he claims, this package would create close to 9 million jobs over the next five years.

Hey, the trillion dollar “stimulus” did the same thing for the economy that David Wu’s Tigger suit did for his re-election chances, so why not double down on the same kind of government spending? As for even higher taxes at the pump, under this kind of reasoning, the country will only reach full employment when gas is $20 a gallon.

It’s possible that Trumka passed along this brilliant plan to Joe Biden during their transparent closed-door meeting last week. Conductor Joe is the perfect conduit because who better to pitch a tax increase plan to than a Veep who thinks paying higher taxes is a patriotic act?

(h/t Weasel Zippers and Doug Ross)

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