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ATR to Congress: "I Told You So"

A new blog series created at Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) called, “I Told You So” pokes fun at the outrageous policies being implemented at the federal and state level. These common sense posts draw very simple, but obvious conclusions on several policy issues.

What’s great about this new series, it allows people to see the fact that ATR has notified members of Congress that if you do X, then Y will happen. Do they listen? The smart ones do…the others…not so much.

For example, a posting today reads:

ATR and CFA have long been critical of the “saved and created jobs” claims made by the Obama administration, and were even joined by in their skepticism by finance committee chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) who on March 4 stated:

You created a situation where you cannot be wrong. If the economy loses 2 million jobs over the next few years, you can say yes, but it would’ve lost 5.5 million jobs. If we create a million jobs, you can say, well, it would have lost 2.5 million jobs. You’ve given yourself complete leverage where you cannot be wrong, because you can take any scenario and make yourself look correct.

Sen. Baucus apparently learnt this the hard way, as this news story from Montana, which ran the day prior to his statement:

A joint press release from Montana Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester claimed that $1.3 million in federal recovery funding would create 40 new jobs for the Flathead City-County Heath Department.

However the actual employment plans at the Flathead Community Health Center – adding only two more jobs during the next fiscal year – paint a different picture. Both Senators’ offices attributed the jobs claims to the Administration, and could not elaborate on how these employment estimates were generated.

What people should take away from these posts is that members of Congress are often warned by ATR and other organizations that their actions are going to result in negative consequences. Here’s a thought – LISTEN!

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