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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Harry Reid: 'Millionaire Job Creators Are Like Unicorns'

(By Josiah Ryan, The Hill) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested on Monday that millionaires who create jobs are a mere figment of Republicans' imaginations.

"Millionaire job creators are like unicorns,” said Reid from the Senate floor. “They are impossible to find and don't exist."

Reid's frustration has grown in past weeks as Republicans have repeatedly and overwhelmingly blocked almost every fragment of President Obama's jobs package brought to the floor because Democrats have attempted to pay for them by raising taxes on millionaires. Republicans say they oppose that tax because it would hamper job creation.

But Reid said Monday morning that there was no evidence of a correlation between taxes on the wealthy and jobs.

"Republicans say the richest of the rich in our country … shouldn't contribute more to put our economy back on track," said Reid. "They call our plan time after time a 'tax on job creators,' and I say so-called job creators because … every shred of evidence contradicts this red herring.”

The majority leader concluded that most of Republicans' "fictitious millionaire job creators" are "hedge fund managers or wealthy lawyers that don't do much hiring."


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