‘Taxes Make Jobs’ – An Occupy Wall Street Protestor’s Vexing Sign

Walking to lunch in Athens, GA today there was a group loitering by the arch in support of the Occupy Wall Street protestors. As I walked by I saw a sign that simply said,


After spending lunch pondering the sign, I’ve yet to come to a conclusion about the argument it was attempting to make. Could they honestly believe that an increase in taxes would lead businesses to hire more people and causing a net job creation? Are they just referencing government jobs, because that would be true. More taxes could create more government jobs, I guess. Thinking about the simple objective falsity of the sign, I decided I would finally man up and confront (politely and cordially of course) the protestor with a ridiculous sign. As I walked back from lunch and neared the protestors, I realized the sign wasn’t there anymore and quickly chickened out, but I am still left wondering whether they honestly believe that increasing taxes would create net job growth or not.

Did they manage to avoid a simple economics course for their whole life, not understand it, or categorically reject it? What do you think? 

Credit to a fellow MMR classmate and Clemson alumnus for snapping this shot

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7 thoughts on “‘Taxes Make Jobs’ – An Occupy Wall Street Protestor’s Vexing Sign

  1. All of the above!

    Back on your old stomping grounds, there was an Occupy Clemson today, haven’t heard how many showed up, on the website it showed about half a dozen. Don’t know if I ever told you, I live about 20 min from Clemson.

  2. I mean, could they not understand how the economy works to such a deep and troubling extent? If so, that’s really scary! Do you think they just disagree somehow?

    Ohhh, that’s really upsetting, but Clemson is a very conservative campus, it figures that they couldn’t muster 10 people for such an event. I love Clemson. I’ll be visiting for more football games this season. Thanks for the comments. I followed your blog and will be receiving email updates whenever you post.

    Keep up the good blogging.

    • Thanks Ryan.

      DH went to a game a couple of weeks ago, free ticket, 50 yd line, 5 rows back, how’s that for striking gold, or in this case orange. Daughter got free tickets last week, wasn’t so lucky, ended up in the nosebleed section.

      To answer your question….why are you shocked, how can you expect them to understand how the economy works when they aren’t taught economics and their indoctrination is in liberal thinking.

  3. LOL…there will always be the moron in a protest movement…but increased taxes could help reduce the chances of a stroke from government debt…assuming they don’t continue to wolf down hunks of meat…my favorite sign that I have seen so far is “Un-fuck the world”. Now that is a motto even I could get behind.

  4. One stupid sign doesn’t speak for the entire group. If that were true, the entire Tea Party really would be nothing but racists, and we know that’s not true.

    Focusing on something as trivial as one sign amidst global protests is missing the point. The vast majority of these people have valid concerns and complaints. Now, their solutions may not be your solutions, but that doesn’t mean the problem isn’t there.

  5. There are lots of people down at OWS that do not really understand what it’s about nor are they properly educated. I have been down to Occupy Wall Street in Manhattan numerous amounts of times. (Oh! And contrary to popular belief I have a job as a social worker haha)

    There are lots of people down there who are educated and there is so much negativity and so little coverage of mainstream media showing it in a positive light.

    Although I must say I do not agree with EVERYTHING that OWS is about I do agree with their core principle: Treat humans as humans. There are lots of young people there who just want to protest against something (But they do not know why or what they are protesting for) Those are the people that are targeted by mainstream media.

    I’m not just saying this because I support the movement either, I have actually been down there, like I said, and have spoken to many people from all walks of life and all viewpoints.

    Hope I didn’t come off as rude, hard to express emotion just by typing 🙂

  6. You didn’t come off as rude at all. I think the two big problems with the movement are (1) that many of the protesters are there just to make a ruckus. They were protesting BK the other day. Things got violent in Oakland. It’s a wonder the tea party never got violent, never defecated a park, never had drug or rape issues.

    (2) Many of their arguments seem to be factually incorrect, for example they blame the bankers, when it was clearly and undeniably the congress’s fault. https://ryankantor.com/2011/11/07/did-the-government-spark-our-recession/

    The above sign is another example of them being simply wrong. Economics will always show that taxes create an area on the curve that represents destroyed wealth.

    I feel that they have gotten overly positive media coverage everywhere but Fox. Ben and Jerry’s even put up a billboard supporting them.

    That said, I’m certainly not saying everyone down them is scum. I’m simply saying I don’t believe it to be a legitimate good faith protest. The level of drug usage and sexual abuse make this protest little more than a hippie convention. You know more than me though, have you experienced a lot of people breaking the law with illegal drugs at the protests?

    Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog. Be sure to read the post I linked to in this comment.

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