Last week, the Washington Post published a take down of entitled "job creators." Well, I really am a job creator. And here's what I think the country and I are entitled to.
I am a "job creator."
I co-founded a software company eleven years ago and worked there for seven years. It now employs over eight hundred people, most of them in the United States and most in high-paying jobs. Hundreds of other people have jobs installing and configuring our software for our customers.
I realize that my company probably caused other people to lose their jobs--most obviously at our competitors. I believe that, in the long run, products that increase productivity and that provide benefits exceeding their costs do improve overall welfare.
I pay tax at historically low rates. Most of my income from my former company technically counts as investment income, and taxes on investment income were lowered by both President Clinton and President Bush.
I had no idea, when we started the company, what the capital gains tax rate was.
I would be a major beneficiary of the proposal by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to maintain low capital gains tax rates (or eliminate them altogether).
I have been very fortunate. I was born into a family that valued education highly. I attended excellent public schools. I attended an elite private university that receives large amounts of federal research money. I paid for my education in part with federally subsidized student loans. I attended graduate school at a public university and received a fellowship from the Department of Education.