[View:http://community.cengage.com/GECResource/themes/gew/utility/ :550:0] Nick Hanauer is a consultant, venture capitalist, and billionaire based in Seattle, Washington. He was an early investor in Amazon.com and in the predecessor company to Overstock.com . The controversial TED Talk posted above was delivered last year. Hanauer had previously written an editorial piece for Bloomberg on the same topic. Hanauer makes the following points in his talk: "We capitalists are not job creators. New hiring is only done as a last resort ." "I n a capitalist economy... the true job creators are middle class consumers." "The annual earnings of people like me are hundreds, if not thousands, of times greater than those of the average American, but we don’t buy hundreds or thousands of times more stuff." "Taxing the rich to pay for investments that benefit all is a great deal for both the middle class and the rich." "Since 1980, the share of the nation’s income for fat cats like me in the top 0.1 percent has increased a shocking 400 percent, while the share for the bottom 50 percent of Americans has declined 33 percent." His perspective is based on experience with dozens of companies in a wide range of industries. His viewpoint is not based on short-term self-interest, which would cause him to advocate anything that would lower his taxes on income produced by the wealth he has already accumulated. Instead, he is advocating for a public policy position that would produce the most sustainable and robust economic climate for the greatest number. He is not the only billionaire that supports higher taxes and government policies that stimulate job creation in the public sector when unemployment is up and the economy is stagnant. Warren Buffett promoted a tax plan that was deemed " Smart, Fair and Reasonable ," by Business Insider . Nevertheless, Hanauer's ideas are controversial...but worth thinking about. Sources: " A TED Talk on Income Inequality by Nick Hanauer ," by Nick Hanauer, TED Talks , delivered in March 2012, but not published until May 12, 2012. "E mployment Situation Summary ," Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2013. " Raise Taxes on Rich To Reward True Job Creators: Nick Hanauer ," op-ed piece by Nick Hanauer, Bloomberg.com News , November 30, 2011. Follow up: Read or listen to Nick Hanauer's piece, then research the Laffer Curve , which was a graph of government receipts versus tax rates that was supported by Republicans Gerald Ford, *** Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Based on these sources, what conclusions can you draw about the thesis that tax increases for the wealthy benefit everyone? Looking at the Laffer curve model, what is the tax rate that is most beneficial for government revenues? Research the unemployment rates when a maximum marginal tax rates were equal to this rate. What conclusions might you infer from this data? What other ways could you analyze the relationship between tax rates, unemployment, and government revenues (i.e. government expenditures), and what other conclusions might you draw?