Coloradans consistently tell Bob they've lost trust in their elected federal officials, especially because of their lack of attention to the economy. Bob agrees and wants to build the kind of prosperous economy Americans deserve.
Bob Schaffer believes the thoughtful path to stable family budgets requires experience and real economic leadership. Bob's experience in business has reinforced his understanding of how the economy works. In fact, in the race for the U.S. Senate, he's the only candidate with real-world business experience.
The politicians currently in charge of the Congress have driven up gasoline prices, weakened the dollar, prompted inflation and saddled young Americans with mounting national debt. Partisan bickering has sidetracked these politicians who should be focused on solving serious problems. As Senator, putting policies in place for a stronger economy will be Bob's first priority.
Know the Difference
-Supports fiscally responsible balanced budgets. (H. Con. Res. 284, RC Vote #205: June 4, 1998; H. Con. Res. 68, RC Vote #77: March 25, 1999; RC Vote #75, H. Con. Res. 290: March 23, 2000; H. Con Res. 83, RC Vote #70: March 28, 2001.)
-Supports tax relief for families and small businesses. (H.R. 1836, RC Vote #118: May 16, 2001.)
-Supports extending tax-relief protections to prevent the largest tax increase in American history. (H.R. 586, RC Vote #103, 4/18/02)
-Supports keeping taxes low on investments in America's economy. (H.R. 2488, RC Vote #333, 7/22/99)
-Supported protecting Colorado's economy, along with two-thirds of Colorado voters, against a hostile anti-property-rights ballot initiative. (Denver Post, 11/8/00)
-Supports America's ability to secure fair trade agreements that increase exports, create new jobs and grow the economy. (H.R. 3009, Vote #370, 7/27/02)
-Supports a strong dollar and low inflation. (H. Con. Res. 284, RC Vote #205: June 4, 1998; H. Con. Res. 68, RC Vote #77: March 25, 1999; RC Vote #75, H. Con. Res. 290: March 23, 2000; H. Con Res. 83, RC Vote #70: March 28, 2001.)
-Supports curbing lawsuit abuses that add to the cost of healthcare, threaten jobs and close American businesses. (H.R. 2341, RC Vote #62, 3/13/02; H.R. 4600, RC Vote #421, 9/26/02)
-Supported a budget plan to raise taxes by $683 billion over the next 5 years. (Associated Press, 3/14/08, H.Con.Res. 312, RC Vote #141, 3/13/08)
-Opposes tax relief for families and small businesses. (H.R. 1836, RC Vote #118: May 16, 2001.)
-Opposes extending tax-relief protections to prevent the largest tax increase in American history. (H.R. 586, RC Vote #103, 4/18/02; H.Con.Res. 312, RC Vote #141, 3/13/08)
-Opposes keeping taxes low on investments in America's economy. (H.R. 2, RC Vote #225, 5/23/03; H.R. 4297, RC Vote #621, 12/8/05)
-Promoted Amendment 24 which would have restricted economic growth in many areas of Colorado. (Denver Post, 9/11/00)
-Opposes America's ability to secure fair trade agreements that increase exports, create new jobs and grow the economy. (H.R. 3009, Vote #370, 7/27/02)
-Opposes efforts to strengthen the dollar and combat inflation. (H.Con.Res. 312, RC Vote #141, 3/13/08)
-Opposes legal reform designed to curb lawsuit abuse in American courtrooms. (H.R. 2341, RC Vote #62, 3/13/02; H.R. 4600, RC Vote #421, 9/26/02)
Bob Schaffer's Vision for Economic Growth:
Bob has made several policy presentations to citizen groups and civic organizations throughout Colorado over the past year on the topic of the economy. Following are some of the ideas Bob has proposed on the campaign trail:
Protect middle-class families from higher federal taxes. Bob will fight to prevent our economy from being hit by the largest tax increase in American history by working to extend the 2001 and 2003 tax relief measures. Bob also supports protecting the middle-class families that will be hit by the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) penalty due to inaction by the current Congress.
Reduce healthcare costs. Bob understands the fastest-growing and most onerous cost for small businesses is health insurance. Improving America's healthcare system starts with giving small-business owners, their employees and individual citizens more choices in health care. By putting patients directly in charge of their healthcare decisions, we will improve quality, options and affordability.
Eliminate wasteful spending earmarks. Bob supports John McCain's plans to end the reckless practice of self-serving, wasteful earmarks.
Reform Education. Bob believes education is America's most important long-term issue. We must ensure every child has the chance to receive a quality education. We can do this by reforming the education system putting parents, teachers and local officials back in control of their schools. Strengthening math, science and technical skills is critical to maintain a globally competitive workforce.
Create a smart, diverse, comprehensive energy economy. Colorado is in a unique position to lead America's goal of national energy independence and reasonable energy costs. Colorado is the sixth sunniest and eleventh windiest state in the nation as well as home to a vast supply of clean-burning natural gas and low-sulfur coal. Increased energy development - both conventional and renewable sources - means more high-paying Colorado jobs, dramatic increases in energy revenues for schools, fair prices and independence from foreign oil.
Insist on sound monetary policy. Sound money is an essential condition for sustained prosperity and real economic growth. Bob will promote a monetary policy of a stable currency and low inflation. Ending high fiscal deficits, promoting trade and defending against tax hikes will restore confidence in the U.S. dollar.
Support Agriculture. Bob knows Colorado's agriculture is the historic backbone of the state's economy. As a former member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, Bob will continue fighting for open markets, regulatory relief, lower producer taxes, water storage and the freedom to farm.
Curb lawsuit abuse. The soaring cost associated with frivolous lawsuits, abuse of the justice system and other vestiges of an increasingly litigious society harms America's competitiveness and erodes trust in the marketplace. Bob will continue working for fairness and discouraging the trends toward expensive lawsuit abuses.
Increase Exports. Coloradans produce some of the best products and technology in the world. With exports now accounting for a larger percentage of America's GDP than at any other time in history, trade is playing an important role in supporting Colorado's economic growth. We must continue to expand export opportunities in agriculture, technology and other areas.
Protect property rights. The right to private property - to obtain it, keep it, protect it, enhance it, grow it and convey it - is the cornerstone of capitalism, economic prosperity and American freedom. Bob believes protecting private property rights is essential to economic growth.
Ensure tax policy benefits America rather than pushes business overseas. Bob supports relief for American business that currently pays the second-highest business-income tax rate in the world. No wonder we are losing jobs and investments overseas.
Protect intellectual property. Bob knows American entrepreneurs will invest more of their capital, time and sweat toward leading the global technology revolution - if innovators are assured their ideas will be protected and that use of their ideas will result in fair compensation in the free market. Bob supports stronger laws, tougher enforcement, better inter-government cooperation and national recognition of the importance of patents.
Back the military. A strong national defense means a stronger Colorado economy. Bob believes expanded investments in Colorado's military bases, personnel, research, veterans' facilities and local contracting is good for the economy and should be supported.
Pursue other strategies to help the economy grow. Bob supports more strategies to create jobs, improve America's competitiveness - some may be added to this list at a later date. If you have further ideas on how to grow the economy, please share them with Bob's campaign.
Bob Schaffer's Record on Economic Growth:
* Bob supported the 2001 tax relief package that dramatically grew the economy by reducing the tax burden for families and small businesses. (H.R. 1836, RC Vote #118: May 16, 2001.
* To help agriculture and boost family income, Bob voted to eliminate the death tax 6 times in Congress. (H.R. 2143, RC Vote #219: June 6, 2002; H.R. 1836, RC Vote #149: May 26, 2001; H.R. 8, RC Vote #84: April 4, 2001. Schaffer Cosponsor; H.R. 8, RC Vote #458: September 7, 2000. Schaffer Cosponsor; H.R. 8, RC Vote #254: June 9, 2000. Schaffer Cosponsor; H.R. 2488, RC Vote #379: August 5, 1999)
* To protect Colorado's economy, Bob opposed Amendment 24 in 2000, along with two-thirds of Colorado voters, which would have restricted economic growth in many areas of the state. (Denver Post, 11/8/00)
* Bob has consistently voted to curb lawsuit abuses in Colorado's and the nation's judicial system. (H.R. 2341, RC Vote #62, 3/13/02; H.R. 4600, RC Vote #421, 9/26/02)
* Bob supported America's ability to secure fair trade agreements that increase exports, create Colorado jobs and grow the economy. (H.R. 3009, RC Vote #370, 7/27/02)
* In the private sector, Bob ran his own business and has been a business executive who has contributed to the state's and nation's economy.
* Bob supported many other proposals to promote economic growth throughout the time he served in the Colorado State Senate, the US House of Representative and as a member of the Colorado State Board of Education.
What Others Are Saying:
* U.S. Chamber of Commerce awarded Bob with the "Champion of Enterprise" award four times.
* American Shareholders Association named Bob "Friend of the Shareholder."
* National Federation of Independent Businesses named Bob "Guardian of Small Business" four times.
* National Association of Manufacturers honored Bob with the "Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award."
* Small Business Survival Committee named Bob an "Advocate for Small Business.
* The Colorado Union of Taxpayers named Bob "Taxpayer Champion."
* The National Republican Legislators Association named Bob "National Legislator of the Year" citing his leadership on issues including promoting economic growth.
* "The people of Colorado and America can be proud that Representative Schaffer is standing up for the small business community, and working to make sure that our economy continues to grow so that we may all be a part of the American dream." (SBSC President Christopher Wyscocki, Springfield, The Baca Weekly, 10/25/00)
* Schaffer received the Teddy Roosevelt Award for his "commitment to tax reform and the protection of small businesses and his willingness to stand firm on those issues." (Ft. Collins Coloradoan, 8/11/98)
* "Congressman Schaffer should be commended for his tireless efforts His dedication to seeing this bill through Congress is a victory that will improve safety, create jobs, and promote trade in Colorado....We greatly appreciate his leadership" (Randy Neugebauer, Chairman of the Corridor Coalition, Akron News Reporter, 10/24/02)
* "Bob has a 100 percent voting record for small business, which is just phenomenal." (Rob Pehkonen, Chairman of the National Federation of Independent Business Larimer-Weld County Area Action Council)
* Taxpayers for Common Sense named Bob "Treasury Guardian" for his work to grow the economy and control spending.
* The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry named Bob "Business Legislator of the Year."
* The American Legislative Exchange Council named Bob "Outstanding Legislative Member" citing his work promoting a free-market transportation legislation and dedication to freedom and a free-enterprise agenda.
* National Small Business Week named Bob a "Small Business Champion."