The 3 Myths Blinding Us to the Economic Truth

↑ Watch The 3 Biggest Myths Blinding Us to the Economic Truth.

Myth 1: The “job creators” are CEOs, corporations, and the rich, whose taxes must be low in order to induce them to create more jobs.

Rubbish. The real job creators are the vast middle class and the poor, whose spending induces businesses to create jobs. Which is why raising the minimum wage, extending overtime protection, enlarging the Earned Income Tax Credit, and reducing middle-class taxes are all necessary.

Myth 2: The critical choice is between the “free market” or “government.”

Baloney. The free market doesn’t exist in nature. It’s created and enforced by government. And all the ongoing decisions about how it’s organized – what gets patent protection and for how long (the human genome?), who can declare bankruptcy (corporations? homeowners? student debtors?), what contracts are fraudulent (insider trading?) or coercive (predatory loans? mandatory arbitration?), and how much market power is excessive (Comcast and Time Warner?) – depend on government.

Myth 3: We should worry most about the size of government. 

Wrong. We should worry about who government is for. When big money from giant corporations and Wall Street inundate our politics, all decisions relating to #1 and #2 above become rigged against average working Americans.

This piece originally appeared at

Tags from the story
More from Robert Reich

Santa Cruz Shows America How to Punish Bank Felons

What if every county, city, and state in America followed Santa Cruz...
Read More