American politicians love to talk about the importance of jobs for Americans. But when push comes to shove, you have to watch what the politicians do, not what they say.
Right now, in the middle of the worst jobless slump of a generation, the American tax structure perversely rewards corporations that fire American workers, then hire underpaid workers overseas in order to do the same work. The costs involved in shipping jobs overseas can be tax deductible or even trigger tax credits. Earlier this month, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois introduced S. 3816, a bill to stop the job-sucking status quo. If passed, S. 3816 would stop corporate tax credits and deductions for the costs of sending American jobs overseas. In their place, the bill would provide two years of tax breaks every time a corporation brought an overseas job back to America.
Yesterday, 45 members of the Senate voted to kill Durbin’s bill. 40 of them were, predictably, Republicans. In fact, the only Republican who didn’t vote against American jobs was Senator Lisa Murkowski, and that’s just because she was absent from the Senate, pursuing her last-ditch write-in re-election campaign. Another of the anti-job voters was the sole member of the Joe Party, Senator Joseph Lieberman.
And then there were 4 Senate Democrats who voted with the Republicans to keep right on rewarding corporations for outsourcing jobs. They are: