Rep. Cantor Wishes 'Regulation' Concerns Into Survey Of Small Businesses

November 08, 2011 5:54 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

It's only a Twitter post, but this nugget from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) office exemplifies the Republican Party's obsession with the false idea that regulations are the main obstacle to job growth:

The tweet links to a U.S. News & World Report article that does not mention "regulations" at all. Similarly, the survey itself does not mention "regulations" even once.

In the survey — which found that 77 percent of small businesses plan to maintain their current staff levels in next six months — 65 percent of respondents did choose "economic uncertainty" as the reason they aren't hiring. Republicans frequently link "uncertainty" to taxes and regulations, but the survey did not mention either.

Therefore, the only conclusion to draw is that many small businesses are not hiring because they are 'uncertain' about the state of the economy — including, for example, whether they will have enough customers to justify hiring. But since the GOP is single-mindedly focused on gutting the government and not boosting demand, Cantor's office is content to put words into small business owners' mouths.