Republican Representative Randy Hultgren Fails to Explain How Bush Tax Cuts Created Jobs During Town Hall Event

Republicans are always quick to say that the Bush tax cuts created jobs but, conveniently, they never have any evidence to prove it when people call them out for saying it. At a town hall event in Illinois last week, Representative Randy Hultgren pitifully tried to evade having to explain how the Bush tax cuts created jobs. After a woman in the audience asked Hultgren to explain how the cuts created jobs, he continuously failed to answer to his constituents. Here is the transcript:

WOMAN: When the Bush tax cuts took effect in 2003 the unemployment rate was 6.2 percent. Now, in the ninth year of those cuts, the unemployment rate is 9.2 percent. So where is the evidence that these cuts for the most affluent actually create jobs? […]

(Audience applauds)

HULTGREN: I think clearly, the evidence, uh well, let me say this, I get back to the stimulus, which was another thing which –

MAN: We want the tax cuts?

WOMAN: Where’s the evidence?

ANOTHER WOMAN: Where are the jobs?


HULTGREN: Good question. Let’s keep goin’. We got three minutes.

(MULTIPLE AUDIENCE MEMBERS): No answer! […]

HULTGREN: I believe we’ve got a tax system that discourages productivity. We have to adjust that. It has to be flatter. […] Not too long ago we raised taxes in Illinois, just in the past eight months, they already told us they spent all that money. […] My evidence is Illinois being the number one job creator for Indiana, Iowa.

Now watch the video.

The economy from 2001 to 2007 endured “the slowest rate of jobs growth on record since World War II, and just one-fifth the pace of the 1990s.” So it’s understandable why Representative Hultgren couldn’t explain how the Bush tax cuts created jobs. That’s because the cuts didn’t create any, they destroyed them.

Edited By: Alexis Atherton