Congressman John Tanner Has Never Created (Or Saved) A Single Job

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. 



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5 responses to “Congressman John Tanner Has Never Created (Or Saved) A Single Job

  1. Brian

    Great show this morning, Mike.

    Like Jim from Newbern, I take great, great offense to this ad.

    “Partisanship in Washington can sometimes get out of control”


    Is it just me, or was the largest spending bill in human history just literally rammed through House, Senate, and signed off on by Lord Obama, with all branches of government at the Federal level Democrat controlled?

    Is it out of control to think that one political party would control such legislation, and be so partisan, as to literally force this bill through without even allowing sufficient time for review or discussion?

    All with John Tanner’s blessing, of course.

    Yet somehow we, in opposition to these practices and policies and “rhetoric”, Who merely pray for remedy by opportunity to have a simple open public debate over these policies and proposed bills, …somehow WE’RE the ones out of control?

    Out of control of what? YOUR CONTROL????


    That’s just a euphemisim for agreeing with Democrats so they (and You, Congressman Tanner) may proceed unencumberenced towards your collective goal: unlimited power and control;

    Because reality (and research) shows there is only one time when Republicans and Democrats in government agree: and that is for bigger government and more spending.

    Yeah, we know all about your little road project up there in Trenton. I am sure it is mere coincidence that the job was the first to be funded, and that it just happened to be awarded to a company who is a contributor of “Friends of John Tanner”, especially seeing as how less than 1% of your election warchest comes from the 8th district…..

    Indeed, this “change” we’ve all heard so much about looks and smells a lot like “business as usual”, at least ’round here in the Tennessee 8th District.

    Don’t go away mad, John. Just go away.

  2. Brian

    One last thing for you John, and I will put it in the exact language my grandfather used when he told it to me:

    “Son, no matter how hard ya try, ya just can’t take a chicken and make it into a duck. Now, you can make that chicken look like a duck, but no matter how hard ya try, an no matter how good a job you do; that chicken just ain’t gonna quack.”

  3. Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak to some folks up in Union City. I thought people in Madison and Gibson County were mad about our representative. The people from Obion County are fed up to no end. I would like to see the data that John Tanner is citing for his ad.

    If one job was created because of government it most likely comes at the expense of several private sector jobs.
    Although the creation of jobs through government funding allows for political pandering..Right John?

    check this link out.

  4. Joseph Bateman

    This is hilarious. He’s trying to play populist by criticizing building of roads and bridges in Iraq?

    (Shame that most Republicans have little ground to criticize him on.)

    Tanner himself voted in 2003 for Iraq reconstruction. Furthermore, there are countless votes from him authorizing foreign aid, but in 2008 (HR 5501), he voted for FOURTY-EIGHT BILLION to prevent and treat third-world diseases AND allow people with AIDS to enter the country.

    So what if he got $1 million to fund 157 jobs building bridges in West TN compared to that? How patriotic. Maybe he created 8,000 jobs with that?

    And he wishes to portray himself as a populist who creates jobs? Tanner voted for NAFTA in 1993 and CAFTA in 2005. He voted for permanent, normalized trade relations with China in 2000. He votes for these sorts of things all the time, including every country from Oman to Peru.

    Note that these are not free trade agreements, these are managed trade agreements. Why would these agreements be thousands of pages long if they were free trade and not managed trade with an agenda?

    I’m sure there’s plenty more things you could find here and elsewhere:

  5. Brian

    Fear The Mullet!!

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