Not while he has been a Congressman at least. In his latest ad he says he has “created or saved” 8,000 jobs. First of all, that number is completely made up. Second of all, Congressmen don’t create jobs. People like Jim from Newburn create jobs:
The only jobs Tanner has created are his office staff. But even we work to pay their salaries. Jim from Newburn creates jobs. Luxury Auto Service creates jobs. Southeastern Pest Control creates jobs. Kroger creates jobs. John Tanner does not create jobs.
All Congressmen can do is move money around and take credit for any seen benefit. All of the unseen harm of these actions is blamed on the free market.
Here is Tanner’s latest ad. Chipping away at his war chest 19 months before the election. Why so concerned?
In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it appears simultaneously with its cause; it is seen. The other effects emerge only subsequently; they are not seen; we are fortunate if we foresee them.
There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one: the bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must be foreseen.
Yet this difference is tremendous; for it almost always happens that when the immediate consequence is favorable, the later consequences are disastrous, and vice versa.